The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet or the Amazon Kindle Fire – which one would you pick?

The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet or the Amazon Kindle Fire – which one would you pick?
The announcement of the Amazon Kindle Fire shook the tablet scene as it did not merely bring another Android slate to the game – it introduced what some considered the first device with enough potential to challenge the iPad’s supremacy on the tablet market. With its highly competitive price of $199 and with a whole set of Amazon services deeply woven into it, the tablet might become one of the best selling gadgets this holiday season.

However, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet was made official today – a $249 slate that will be running head to head with the Kindle Fire. Just like its nemesis, the Nook Tablet will come with a set of features picked with book readers in mind and will provide access to a list of entertainment services. The tablets appear to be similar in technical terms as well since both of them offer 7 inches of display real estate, come with 1GHz dual-core processors, and run customized versions of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

So, dear readers, if you had to pick, which one of these two would you put in your shopping cart – the Amazon Kindle Fire or the Barns & Noble Nook Tablet? Feel free to cast your vote in our poll below.

The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet or the Amazon Kindle Fire – which one would you pick?

The Amazon Kindle Fire – not only that it comes cheaper, but it has everything that I really need. Books, web browser, streaming movies and music, you name it.
The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet – for just $50 more I get a tablet that can play 1080p video, has twice the storage and has the deepest Netflix integration on a tablet… ever, not to mention the millions of books I have access to. Neato!
Other affordable Android tablet – there are many alternatives to these hovering around the $300 mark, but offering a lot more bang for my buck.
Who needs a tablet anyway? I am perfectly fine with my smartphone, thank you very much.

Related phones

Kindle Fire
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Processor TI OMAP4, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB



1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I picked fire as 1080p video isnt important on a tablet. Otherwise unless i needed more storage through is no reason to get the nook. About the book download think i am not to informed about that if the nook can download more books for a cheaper price it may be worth the 50 dollars.

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya but one thing pa didnt mention is that nooks are easily rooted to run other forms of android... i also like the style and the screen is better.. for 250 u get a dual core honeycomb tablet, that can switch in between honeycomb and the barnes and noble part... at least that is what the old one can do so i hope the dev community gets on it fast btw here is a link that was i thought showed some great differences between the fire and the nook (sorry pa but this was just a good summary review)

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

With the Asus2 coming out.. the Asus transformer 1 will be dropping its price soon, so it will probably be near the same price (250-300, close enough). I'd get that over either of these little guys.

2. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Already ordered my Kindle Fire, there is no looking back.

3. djg71087

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2010

Lets not forget about cloud storage, so its not a big deal anymore to have that much native storage space. A big reason why people get tablet devices is for Web-Browsing, and b/c of that i believe Amazons Silk Browser will play a huge factor. Furthermore, allowing Amazon servers to retrieve large web content, putting it together and sending it to the Fire Tablet is nothing short of awesome. Customized UI. *My vote goes for Kindle Fire (i also pre-ordered one)*

4. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

umm i think it should be one or the other, because the title says WOULD.

5. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

If you already subscribe to Amazon Prime, its an easy choice. Also from what I've seen the UI for the Fire looks a lot smother and much better designed. I always felt the UI on the Nook Color was awful. The app store on the Nook is crap- limited titles and everything seems to be more expensive than from the Google Marketplace or Amazon App Store. On the other hand, If you are looking for something to hack, the Nook is the way to go with the improved specs.

6. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Nook tablet. First, there is personal attention at the stores. Second the cloud is overrated since I am bandwidth constrained. Third, the Nook is a successful device showing BN has a good track record for tablets.

8. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

I already ordered the Fire. But the Nook gets points for being easy to root.

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