Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nook Color vs Nook Tablet vs Nook HD vs Kindle Fire vs Kindle HD vs Kindle

I recently received an email notification from Barnes and Noble that they dropped the price of several of their Nook devices, just in time for the holidays, so I thought it would be useful to do a quick breakdown for anyone wanting to take advantage of the price drop and trying to decide between the Nook and Kindle eReaders and tablets.

From the pictures below, the Nook color has a slightly darker gray bezel.  The Nook Color and Nook Tablet both have the same size screen and resolution, the main differences are that the Tablet has a faster processor, more memory and a microphone.  Other than that, they are pretty much the same.

NOOK Color - Award-Winning NOOK Color™ now just $139 and ships free!
NOOK Tablet- 8GB, Now Only $159. Amazing New Price, Same Powerful Tablet. Ships Free
NOOK Tablet- 16GB, Now Only $179. Amazing New Price, Same Powerful Tablet. Ships Free


The price difference used to be about $50 between the two, but now that the difference is only $20 between the Nook Color and Nook Tablet, I'd say go with the 8GB Nook Tablet.  In that way, you have the same amount of internal storage, faster processor, 1GB of memory vs 512MB and the built-in microphone.  Well worth the additional $20.  If you have a spare MicroSD card lying around, you can use that for additional storage on either device.  And one thing to note, all Nook devices are Ad-Free. I think that is definitely worth noting because for many of the Kindle devices, like the Kindle Fire, to get the cheaper price on Amazon they put screen savers on the device that show sponsored ads. 

One other thing to note is that the Nook devices come with a wall charger.  The Kindle Fire and HD charge from $9.99-$20.  Just one more thing to be aware of when comparison shopping. 

The Nook HD (below left) and HD+ (below right) are designed for optimal readability and they are more powerful, have longer battery life and are lighter than most any similarly sized tablet on the market.  The Nook HD comes in both white, as shown below and also the darker gray color as well. 

Introducing NOOK® HD Tablet! Highest Resolution 7" HD Tablet, starting at $199
Introducing NOOK® HD+ 16GB from $269! The Lightest Full HD 9" Tablet

For comparison purposes, I included prices for all of the different Nook and Amazon devices below.  Whatever device you choose, I'm sure you can't go wrong.  Happy Holidays!

Holiday Pricing
Nook Color $139 (8GB)
Nook Tablet $159 (8GB)   $179 (16GB)
Nook HD $199 (8GB)   $229 (16GB)
Nook HD+ $269 (16GB) $299 (32GB)
Nook Simple Touch w/GlowLight $119
Nook Simple Touch $99  

Ad Supported Pricing No Ad Pricing
Kindle Fire   $159 (8GB) $174 (8GB)
Kindle Fire HD $199 (16GB) $249 (32GB) $214 (16GB) $264 (32GB)
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" $299 (16GB) $369 (32GB) $314 (16GB) $384 (32GB)
Kindle Paperwhite $119
Kindle $69


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