It is a question that many individuals will be asking this holiday season, and there is no easy answer. With all the hype and the media blitz surrounding the launch of each new product – the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire, each tablet carries with it specific weaknesses and strengths, and the varying price-points may make it difficult for some consumers to make an informed choice. So, Which is better the Nook or the Kindle? Lets dissect some basic points.
The Kindle Fire may be a better choice for some, while the new Nook Tablet may be a better choice for others. In the end, is there room in the market place for two similar “e reader turned tablet” devices? Or, will one be squeezed out based on user demand?
When looking at the specifications, the answer becomes more clear – or does it.
The Nook Tablet certainly boasts better raw numbers in terms of computing power – with a 1GHz processor that is equal to the Fire’s and twice the RAM of Amazon’s unit, it appears to be a more robust product – at least on the surface.
The Nook has 16GB of onboard memory, as opposed to the 8GB in the Fire. However, the raw numbers do not quite tell the whole story. Both devices are well equipped for streaming, and they both feature seven inch screens. Amazon, on the other hand makes, up for its memory deficiencies with their highly available cloud storage and custom Silk browser, and the lower price of Amazon’s product may make a rather big difference for some.
It is being argued that the Kindle Fire is just a front end vending machine to Amazon’s existing services. If you are a heavy Amazon user, then this is not a big deal and really why wouldn’t Amazon move in this direction as an eCommerce retailer.
The Nook Tablet is said to be offering access to Netflix, Hulu and Pandora and a growing collection of books, novels, comics and magazines and the Kindle Fire likewise will have Netflix, Pandora and even Angry Birds apps.
In the end, the question of who will win this holiday season comes down to money and preference. The cheaper Fire is likely to attract casual consumers, while the Nook Tablet may be better for those that have a better grasp of how to leverage the technology.
Whether or not one has a pre-existing e-Reader may make a large difference as well, as the books you already own will make the transfer to a similar device much easier. Both products promise to be quite useful, though, but the choice at the end of the day might be quite difficult.