Barnes & Noble Nook HD vs Amazon Kindle Fire vs Nexus 7: spec comparison

Barnes & Noble Nook HD vs Amazon Kindle Fire vs Nexus 7: spec comparison
The Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ tablets have just arrived and if you're into the market for affordable tablets, these might be two of your favorite new devices. The Nook HD is a 7-inch tablet that takes the title of being the lightest out there and takes directly on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7.

The Nook HD+ is a larger, 9-inch device that's also very lightweight and affordable, and still coming with a high-res display. It faces the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD in a direct battle.
Both new Nooks come heavily entrenched in the B&N ecosystem, with a build of Android you'd find hard to recognize was originally Ice Cream Sandwich. That's what makes them eerily similar to the equally heavily skinned Amazon Kindle Fire devices, but puts them in stark contrast with devices like the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which bring a more fully functional, vanilla or close to vanilla Android.

In those kinds of face-offs, we dig deeper than pure marketing and look at the raw specs. Which one has the more detailed screen? Which one is lighter, and which battery lasts most? Find the answers to these questions and more in the tables below.



1. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

doesn't the Nook HD+ have 1920x1200 resolution?

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2487; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Close. According to B&N's own website it actually has 1920x1280 resolution, giving it 256ppi.

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Nexus 7 still undefeated! Also, I wish phonearena would specify that the n7 has expandable storage via USB otg. I have a 64+8gb n7.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2487; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well, it's defeated depending on how you look at it. For those who want a stock Android experience with the latest and best specs, then yeah the Nexus 7 wins. However, if you are just looking for an everyday tablet that you mostly would read books and magazines on while also playing a few games and apps, then the Nook HD would be up your alley. Also, while it may be true that you can technically get expandable storage that way, everyday consumers are not going to really want to do that. I mean I don't even think I would really care to have a USB dangling around while using my Nexus 7 (but that's just personal taste). The everyday consumers would more-so just want to be able to buy an SD card and put it in than have to deal with all of those cords and USB drives.

3. Sam_K

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

There are a couple of mistakes in this chart. First, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 resolution screen not 1280 x 800. Only the Samung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. Second, the new Nook HD+ has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1280 (yes 1280) not 1920 x 1080.

6. paul48

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Your comparison table not much use as its incomplete, requiring the reader to visit another arena site to find missing information like : Is WiFi agbn & dual-band, WiFi-Direct ? Bluetooth 2, 3, or 4 ? - not even mentioned here HDMI Out ? USB Host, mhl, otg ? Under memory, rather than just 'expandable', better to have a line uSDslot: 32 or 64GB

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