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Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

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Maybe it’s hard to believe it, but it’s actually Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread hidden underneath the heavily customized interface brought on by Amazon and Barnes & Noble with their respective devices. Without a doubt, they don’t compare to the rich personalization offered by the usual crop of Android tablets on the market right now, but opt for more simplistic experience. However, if we have to choose, we’d pick the interface of the Nook Tablet for the simple reason that it offers more personalization with its resizable icons, 3 homescreens, and the ability to change the background wallpaper. In contrast, the Amazon Kindle Fire is less personal with its approach because we’re left to accept its presentation, then again, it isn’t a bad one as we’re greeted with a bookshelf-like layout and a 3D carousel of recently accessed content.

The interface of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The interface of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The interface of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The interface of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

The Barnes & Noble UI on the NOOK Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The Barnes & Noble UI on the NOOK Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The Barnes & Noble UI on the NOOK Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The Barnes & Noble UI on the NOOK Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

Unfortunately, both tablets are not “with Google” devices, lacking the Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Calendar and most importantly – the Android Market. They rely on their own eco systems, and here Amazon is the big winner, with huge Appstore selection in comparison to the Nook one. It also has a good music and videos ecosystem. However, if you don't mind some “hacking”, there already is a simple solution to load the Amazon Appstore on the Nook. We wouldn't be surprised to see third party developers bringing the Android Market itself to both of them.

Under the hood, they share the same 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor that keep them in good light with some of their full-featured tablet competition, but the Amazon Kindle Fire is coupled with only 512MB or RAM, which is half the 1GB tucked inside the Nook Tablet. Nevertheless, they’re able to exhibit a good amount of speed and performance to merit them as tolerable – though, the Amazon Kindle is inconsistent at times with its performance. Well, it’s not terrible, but noticeable enough to catch our eyes when compared to the Nook Tablet. Obviously, they’re not the most fluid with their movements and executions, but at least they’re never to the point unmanageable to handle.


Functionality:

Typing up lengthy messages is indeed a process, especially when their landscape keyboards are wickedly cramped, but at least they get the job done. Actually, we don’t necessarily find one to be better than the other, but we can agree that the portrait options are  undeniably easier to handle since our thumbs are able to encompass their layouts.

Amazon Kindle Fire - On-screen keyboards - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
On-screen keyboards - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
NOOK Tablet - On-screen keyboards - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire

 

NOOK Tablet


Likewise, we can say the same about their respective native emails clients seeing that they present us with only the most bare essential features. Of course, it’s not going to take us away from the appreciable Gmail experience we’re accustomed to seeing, but nevertheless, it’s nice to gain access to emails.

Amazon Kindle Fire - Email clients - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
Email clients - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
NOOK Tablet - Email clients - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
Email clients - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire

 

NOOK Tablet

 


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