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Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Tablets |

Kindle Fire HD vs. Nook HD+

This year we have seen the market has taken importance of economic tablets launched in late 2012 with their first Amazon Kindle Fire , after which we saw the birth of the Nexus 7 of Google for a couple of months since mid-September, was born the new generation of the pioneer in this field, the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD . On a previous occasion, and compare the Kindle Fire HD 7 “vs. Nexus 7 , but this week has been born a new rival in this market.

And is that just a couple of days the chain Barnes & Noble introduced its new generation of tablets, successor to the Nook Tablet , called Nook HD and + , with both models very powerful, with features enviable, and above all very cheap, so move on this affordable tablet market and promise to be a tough competitor, since they hit the market next October.

Today, we compare the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 “HD + vs Nook, the latter being the model pointer Barnes & Noble, aiming to help any undecided in knowing which of these two devices is best for you.


We compare these two devices because screen sizes are very similar, with the HD 8.9 “8.9 inch as clearly indicated by its name, the Nook and the 9-inch HD +. That is why in this comparison does not include the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 as both have 7-inch panels.

On the screens of the tablets in question, both are truly spectacular, as have some of the best decisions in the market for this size, with the Kindle Fire HD 1920×1200 pixels and the Nook HD + 1920×1280 pixels, so tablet that B & N is the winner by a small amount, but likewise, both devices promise the highest quality video playback, gaming and media in general.

Processors and Performance

The Amazon tablet has inside a powerful processor Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 dual-core and 1.5 GHz frequency, which according to the manufacturer’s ad “is up to 50% higher than the NVidia Tegra 3,” a phrase risky that should be checked by different tests Benchmarks and when these devices are the market. It also has 1 GB of RAM.

In the case of the Barnes & Noble device also carries within a processor Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 dual-core and 1.5 GHz, with 1 GB of RAM, so we can conclude that in this area there is a tie to have the same components.

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In this area, the winner is the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, however, depends on several things so there are several details that clarify this conclusion after launch. And the star Amazon tablet has WiFi connectivity via Bluetooth and, but for the latter option have two antennas built so has the traditional frequency of 2.4 GHz and a new 5 GHz, accompanied by technology called ” MIMO “, a system that improves signal reception and stability in the worst conditions (objects and walls between the tablet and the router).

Not only that, the Kindle Fire Hd has a version with LTE connectivity 4G, but this does not work with any mobile operator but Amazon directly provides mobile connectivity, offering 250 MB per month, 20 GB of cloud storage and $10 credit in the Amazon App Store for just $50 a year. Yes, as expected this option is only available in the United States.

For HD + Nook has only connectivity via Bluetooth and WiFi.

Storage Capacity

Both the Kindle and the Nook Fire HD HD + versions have 16 GB and 32 GB storage. However, there are two details that differ with respect to expanding this capacity, and in the case of the Kindle has Amazon Cloud platform to be your ally and offered the ability to sync files in the cloud and images with a native application that can interface with most other applications and in the case of the version of this tablet with wireless connectivity, you can access these files from where we are (at least in the United States.

For the Nook HD + has a MicroSD card slot up to 32 GB, and storage in the cloud has little choice in the shop application of B & N, where Dropbox the most popular, and being limited to only To access these files from a WiFi network.

Battery, ports and cameras

Nook’s battery is 6000 HD + mAh and promises up to 10 hours of battery life in full use. There MicroUSB ports and output via HDMI, as well as mandatory port 3.5 mm jack for headphones. Something unfortunate that this tablet does not have any camera, even the front for video calling.

Amazon has not released details on the battery of the new “Fire HD”, but promises that has up to 10 hours of battery life but does not specify its size. This device also has microUSB and HDMI ports, plus Jack port, but the advantage over his rival in this comparison is that it has a front camera of 1.3 MP which together with native Skype app, promises a great experience VoIP video calls.


Both devices are aimed at the same type of customers and have the same philosophy, they sell through as many media as possible, from magazines, videos, music and applications, until of course, books, considering that speak of the two largest providers of digital books in the world.

That is why both Kindle Fire HD as Nook HD + have Android OS (version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), but with custom layers developed by Amazon and B & N respectively that do not even seem to have this platform, and of course, also have access to Google Play Store, but each has its own app store and content.

Availability, prices and conclusions

HD + Fire Kindle hit the market on November 20 in the U.S., although this model has not been confirmed for Spain, unlike second generation Kindle Fire Kindle Fire and HD 7 “that if you date and price announced for this country.

The Amazon tablet will star $299 price for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32 GB and LTE connectivity (to which you must add the $50 a year by the mobile).

Nook HD + will come to the United States since the first week of October and UK a couple of weeks later (hopefully to Spain comes to Christmas), priced at $269 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32 GB .

There are many things to consider when choosing a time to consider, apart from its benefits are very similar, and that is that at the same point mentioned operating system that are designed to consume content from their own stores, rather than in Europe and Latin America is still very limited, being in this sense the best option the Amazon tablet.

But for the price of its Nook version of 32 GB has the same cost as the 16 GB of the Kindle, so no doubt B & N offers a better price to our pockets. However, if you are a fan of who like to customize their devices background, there is always the option to remove that pesky native interface on these devices and install a ROM with Android Google access to traditional and Play.

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