15 Nov 2011

While Apple has their iPads at anywhere from $499 to $699, Kindle Fire is set to be $199.  Not to mention there is also the $249 Nook tablet.  Apple is unlikely to drop their prices for some time, given past history which such things as the MacBook Air, which began at $1800 to $3000 and stayed there for several years.  If you are just want the web, videos, books and apps, then the Fire will likely do all this, which I think the majority of users do.

Cnet has their own review on the Kindle Fire here.  From a tech perspective it has a 7” screen.  It integrates with Amazon's lineup of music, video, magazine and book services.  It has a web browser and an Android app store with big titles like Netflix, Pandora and Hulu.  The "bad" on the device is there is no 3G, camera, microphone, gps etc.  Only 8GB of storage with no expansion slot, no Bluetooth and minimal parental controls.  App selection as of now is not as good as Google's.  You need an Amazon Prime subscription for full advantage on unique features.

But even though it lacks some of the things found in pricier Apple and Android devices at $199 it still packs a lot of value for $199, now that they are going to be making their way to consumers, time will tell how well they truely stack up to the competion such as the Nook or even an iPad.
How does the Kindle Fire compare to the Nook on paper?

Design/Display

Both devices match up very closely. They both have a 7+ inch screen, though the iPad has the larger 9.7" screen, but these devices should be easier to hold. Both are very close on paper in the display category, with 1024x600 resolution and 169 pixels per inch screens. 169 is low compared to other devices, but tablets are typically held further away than phones which often have 300+ pixels per inch.

CPU (Processor)

Both devices pack a dual-core 1GHz processor ala Texas Instruments OMAP 4.

RAM

The Fire has 512MB while the Nook has 1GB. Just because the Nook has more memory does not mean it will outperform the other, as many other factors contribute to the overall experience. For perspective, the Kindle Fire's CPU and RAM are identical to those in the iPad 2.

Storage

Kindle Fire:    8GB (No SD slot)
Nook Tablet: 16GB (SD slot)

For typical everyday use, both units will be fine for the majority of people. If you are the type that wants to download every app out there and store tons of movies, then you are better off with the Nook. The Nook offers 32GB of external memory as well.

Battery Life

Kindle Fire:    8 hours continuous reading or 7.5 hours video playback (wifi off)
Nook Tablet: 11.5 hours reading, 9 hours video playback (wifi off)

Microphone

Kindle Fire:    None
Nook Tablet: Yes

While a microphone is needed by most, some like it because you can do recording narration for children's books, others would want the microphone for some third-party hacks like Android Voice Actions or VoIP calling.

Niche Features

Kindle Fire:      Amazon Apps/Amazon Prime
Nook Tablet:   Hulu Plus/In-store Barnes & Noble Support

Kindle Fire has the advantage here via the Amazon AppStore, which is well established. For the Nook, users may like the in-store support options that will be available.

Source: Cnet, Geek.com


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