Internet and Connectivity:

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.



1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Not a shocker the tablet that was rated higher (Fire @7.5 VS. Nook @7.0) wins. I am actually digging the Nook a little more. But Amazon is the bigger name. My money would go to the Nook, but I would bet on the Kindle to win the sales race fairly easily.

2. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

The idea of these comparisons is not only to show a winner - and sometimes, there isn't one. We want to clearly show how the two devices rate side by side, so everybody can see the difference and choose for themselves. Hope that our reviews and this VS article have helped you to decide :)

11. beruit17

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

Yea but for MOSTLY used for "reading" the Nook Tablet has a wider choice as far as books.

3. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Under multimedia you say, "Both don't have a camera." I think it would sound better if you said either, "Neither has a camera," or "Both lack a camera."

4. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I think it would be better to say "Both do not have a camera."

5. kingston73

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I understand you need to rate these on their stock features, but I think it's worth at least mentioning that the Nook has a much, much higher potential if you are interested in rooting and installing custom ROM's. It doesn't even need to be rooted since it can boot a custom OS off the SD card, something the Amazon will never be able to do.

6. natsu7

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I actually like both of these but One thing I do not like about either is that Neither one Has bluetooth. To me bluetooth is a pretty important component for watching a movie in a crowded place plus it would be better in some occasions in comparison to the speakers & their position based on both of them. I also would not use the Fire for an E Reader since it would hurt my eyes very fast in comparison to the other Kindle e readers which use E Ink Tech. Just wondering how is reading on the Nook Tablet like as an ereader. Does it hurt or strain your eyes in comparison to the nook reader not the nook color.

7. wjbecker

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

The Nook will trickle charge from a USB connection on the computer, I have done it. It just won't charge as fast as with the stock charger


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The Blackberry Playbook 16GB is available for 199-250 dollars at a lot of places. Personally I would go with that.

10. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I know right. Really it is terribly underrated.

12. SimplifyMyChoices

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

If you mostly want the device for reading, consider the E Ink based Kindle Touch, or the Nook Simple Touch. The displays are sharp and very readable in daylight. And the battery life is well over a month of reading. You can download books via Wi-Fi, and the readers hold 1,000+ books. They booth sell for under $100. I posted a good chart that compares the Nook models with the Kindle models. See: If you want to do more than reading - e.g. streaming video, browsing the web, and want a color display, then consider the Kindle Fire, or Nook Color or Nook Tablet. All are reviewed at the link above. No question the Kindle Fire is hot. It is #1 on Amazons best seller list. Anyone looking at the Kindle Fire should also look at the Nook Color and Nook Tablet. Both are well engineered products and have an edge with the tech specs. I think a lot of it comes down to which company are you already doing business with. Because once you buy the device, you are in it for the long run, since they each use proprietary formats to keep you loyal. Regarding which company you are mostly using now - if you have a Barnes and Noble in your neighborhood, there are some nice features that allow browsing books for free while in the store, using your nook. On the other hand, if you have been buying your books at Amazon, if you buy a Kindle, you will be able to download the kindle versions of all the paper books you bought, at no extra charge. I use Amazon Prime and love it. In addition to the free two day shipping, you get instant streaming of more than 10,000 movies and TV shows and access to borrow a Kindle book every month, including New York Times Bestsellers, with no due dates.

13. soricon

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

14. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

The better option that allows you to have Nook and Amazon benefits (minus the Prime) and of course has the full Market, would be the HTC Flyer at BestBuy for only 299 every day. What you get for only 50 more than the Nook and 100 more than Kindle is quite a bit. I used the Kindle for a week heavily and liked it, and now only like 7" tablets. But took it back and traded it for this Flyer. Best decision I've made. This is soooo much nicer and smoother. The two cameras, Bluetooth, GPS, build quality,16GB plus up to an additional 32 with a card, Swype style keyboard option, and the 1.5 single core is surprisingly faster than their dual core tablets. Does everything my iPad did, but with a much better hand held size.

15. Cleoleach

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

I have been struggling with which to buy - the tablet or the fire. I currently have a nook first generation and the one thing I dislike about it is the need to use a book light while reading in bed. I like the idea of a device being backlit to solve that problem but am concerned about the eye strain. Likewise, I also realize that reading in daylight outside will be difficult with each device. Should I keep my current nook for outside reading and get the tablet for everything else - will content stored on one be available on both? But, the kicker is this, I really want access to more apps and the FIre is that winner. Is the instant streaming free on the fire with Amazon Prime? I'm not sure I know how that works. Any help/comments/recommendations is appreciated.

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