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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD vs Microsoft Surface RT vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Remove phone

Posted: 26 Sep 2012
Market Status: Released
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Microsoft Surface RT Remove phone

Posted: 18 Jun 2012
Market Status: Released
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Remove phone

Posted: 06 Sep 2012
Market Status: Released
Design
Device typeTabletTabletTablet
OSAndroid (4.0)Windows (RT)Android (4.0)
Dimensions7.65 x 5.00 x 0.43 inches (194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm)10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm)9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 inches (240 x 164 x 8.8 mm)
Weight11.11 oz (315 g)
the average is 14.2 oz (406 g)
24.00 oz (680 g)
the average is 14.2 oz (406 g)
20 oz (567 g)
the average is 14.2 oz (406 g)
Display
Physical size7.0 inches10.6 inches8.9 inches
Resolution1440 x 900 pixels1366 x 768 pixels1920 x 1200 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.

243 ppi148 ppi254 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 LCD IPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio57.58 %65.59 %59.18 %
Colors16 777 216  
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touchMulti-touch
Features Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Camera
Camera 1 megapixel 
Camcorder 1920x1080 (1080p HD) 
Features Video callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera Yes1.3 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 OMAP4470NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30TI 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, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Dual core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processorPowerVR SGX544 @ 384 MHzULP GeForce @ 520MHzPowerVR 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 RAM2048 MB RAM1024 MB RAM
Built-in storage8 GB32 GB32 GB
Maximum User Storage5 GB  
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC up to 32 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 
Battery
Not user replaceableYesYesYes
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Multimedia
Music player   
Filter by Album, Artist, Playlists 
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playback, SRS TruMediaAlbum art cover, Background playbackDolby Digital Plus
SpeakersStereo speakersStereo speakersStereo speakers
Internet browsing
Browser Internet Explorer 10 
Built-in online services supportFacebook  
Technology
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.

  Wi-Fi positioning
Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.0Yes
Wi-Fi802.11 b, g, n802.11 a, b, g, n802.11 b, g, n, n 5GHz
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
ConnectormicroUSBFull-size USBmicroUSB
HDMIYesMicro HDMI (Type D)Yes
Other TV-Out, OTA syncComputer sync, OTA sync
Other features
Notifications Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone 
SensorsAccelerometerAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope
Other Voice recording 
Availability
Officially announced26 Sep 201218 Jun 201206 Sep 2012
Shopping information
Warranty period 12 Months12 Months
AccessoriesNOOK Tablet, USB Cable, Quick Start Guide, Power Adapter USB 2.0 cable, Quick Start Guide
MSRP price$ 199$ 500$ 299

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