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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE vs Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE Remove phone

Posted: 06 Sep 2012
Market Status: Released
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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ Remove phone

Posted: 26 Sep 2012
Market Status: Released

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Design
Device typeTabletTablet 
OSAndroid (4.0)Android (4.0) 
Dimensions9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 inches (240 x 164 x 8.8 mm)9.46 x 6.41 x 0.45 inches (240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4 mm) 
Weight20 oz (575 g)
the average is 15 oz (429 g)
18.17 oz (515 g)
the average is 15 oz (429 g)
 
Display
Physical size8.9 inches9.0 inches 
Resolution1920 x 1200 pixels1920 x 1280 pixels 
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

254 ppi256 ppi 
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDIPS LCD 
Colors 16 777 216 
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touch 
FeaturesLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glass  
Camera
Camcorder   
FeaturesVideo calling  
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels  
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

TI OMAP4470TI OMAP4470 
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Dual core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Dual core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 
Graphics processorPowerVR SGX544 @ 384 MHzPowerVR SGX544 @ 384 MHz 
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

1024 MB RAM1024 MB RAM 
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB 
Maximum User Storage 13 GB 
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB 
Battery
Not user replaceableYesYes 
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Multimedia
Music player   
FeaturesDolby Digital PlusAlbum art cover, Background playback, SRS TruMedia 
SpeakersStereo speakersStereo speakers 
Internet browsing
Built-in online services support Facebook 
Technology
DataLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS  
Positioning

Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

A-GPS, Wi-Fi positioning  
Connectivity
BluetoothYes  
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 b, g, n 
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0 
ConnectormicroUSBmicroUSB 
HDMIMicro HDMI (Type D)Yes 
OtherComputer sync, OTA sync  
Other features
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer 
Availability
Officially announced06 Sep 201226 Sep 2012 
Shopping information
Warranty period12 Months  
AccessoriesUSB 2.0 cable, and Quick Start GuideNOOK Tablet, USB Cable, Quick Start Guide, Power Adapter 
MSRP price$ 499$ 269 

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