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Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

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Nowadays, we’re spoiled when it comes to web browsing, and it’s always a beloved thing to be exposed to such a worthwhile browsing experience on both devices. Strengthening their functionality, Flash support is on board, thus, enabling us to get that desktop-like functionality. For the most part, they’re good enough to browse through complex web pages like ours, however, the Amazon Kindle Fire exhibits just a tiny bit of choppiness with its navigational controls – albeit, we do enjoy that it offers tab browsing, which isn’t available on the Nook Tablet. All in all, they’re both equipped in handling the needs of the most demanding users out there.

The web browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The web browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The web browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The web browser of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

The web browsing experience on the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The web browsing experience on the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The web browsing experience on the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The web browsing experience on the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

Beyond their Wi-Fi connections, there isn’t much else to find seeing that they lack some of the connectivity items featured on most tablets – like aGPS, Bluetooth, and cellular data. Naturally, transferring data is accomplished via their microUSB ports, but the Nook Tablet has the added benefit of a microSD card to quickly get things loaded/unloaded.


Multimedia:

Both don't have a camera. No video chatting with these.

Reading, it’s the core functionality that these two tablets were built around, and honestly, they work in perfect fashion – then again, we can say the same about most tablets out there. When it comes to their books, newspapers, and magazines ecosystem, they’re both filled to the brim with a lot of content to appease even the most hardened users out there. And to complement their wealthy catalog, we’re presented with quite a few options that enable us to better make the reading experience more gratifying – such as changing the font, text size, line spacing, and color modes.

The reading experience on the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The reading experience on the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The reading experience on the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

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 eBook reading experience on the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The
 eBook reading experience on the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The
 eBook reading experience on the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The
 eBook reading experience on the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

Sure they both are on the same level when it comes to reading materials, but on the other end of the spectrum, the Amazon Kindle Fire is vastly superior thanks to its extensive multimedia ecosystem, which is clearly missing with the Nook Tablet. Specifically, we have both Amazon’s video and MP3 service that allows us to access our content in the clouds directly on the tablet – without using up any of its internal storage capacity. In addition, if you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you’ll have access to thousands of movies and television shows that you can stream instantly. And if the selection isn’t appealing, you can always resort to buying any of Amazon’s paid content. Fortunately, we can always resort to using apps like Netflix to get our video watching fix with both, but it’s the Amazon Kindle Fire’s multimedia ecosystem that makes the experience considerably more worthwhile.

Overlooking that the Amazon Kindle Fire can stream music from the clouds, their respective music player interfaces are very close to one another – well, they’re rather conventional with their layouts. Even though they both produce neutral tones that are pleasant to the ear and don’t crackle, the Amazon Kindle Fire’s two speakers are able to inch out just a tad ahead with its overall volume.

Music player of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
Music player of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
Music player of the Amazon Kindle Fire - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

The music player of the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The music player of the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet
The music player of the Nook Tablet - Amazon Kindle Fire vs NOOK Tablet

Playing back high-definition videos is no problem with either device, as they’re both capable of playing our test videos encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution. In fact, our eyes are greeted with smooth playback, rich details, and vibrant colors to make them enjoyable to watch.

Paltry by today’s standards, the 8GB of internal storage available with the Kindle Fire pales in comparison to the 16GB offered by the Nook Tablet, which supplements its capacity with microSD card support.

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