This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS - See his portfolio and get alerts BEFORE every trade. Learn more NOW!

Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire: Head-to-Head

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Barnes & Noble (BKS - Get Report)wants you to believe that its Nook tablet is better than Amazon's (AMZN - Get Report) Kindle Fire. But at $50 more, is the Nook tablet actually the superior device?

Right now, that question is anyone's guess, as customers won't be able to get their hands on either one until next week. Still, there are some things we do know about the Nook and Fire that could help you decide which is the right device for you.

Size: The Kindle Fire is slightly smaller and thinner, but the Nook Tablet is a smidge lighter at 14.1 ounces compared with the Fire's 14.6 ounces. Barnes & Noble and Amazon both boast ease in holding the devices with one hand for an extended period of time.

>Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire -- You Sound Off

Display: While Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch insists the screen of the Nook Tablet is far superior than that of Amazon's, on paper the specifications are the same: 7-inch screen, 1024x600 resolution and 169 pixels per inch. Lynch says what Amazon Fire lacks is a screen that is fully laminated with no air gaps, which provides "remarkable clarity and minimal glare."

Battery: Nook Tablet wins on this one with 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video playback, while Kindle Fire has just 8 hours of reading or 7.5 hours of video playback. Both of these estimates, however, are for when Wi-fi is turned off. Typically users don't turn the Wi-fi off on a multimedia tablet device, so just how long either of these will last per charge remains to be seen.

Storage: The Nook tablet has 16 GB of built-in memory, which can be expanded to up to 32 GB with an SD card. Amazon has just 8 GB of storage and no SD slot. Both devices also have free cloud storage.

Operating system/Processor: Both devices have 1 GHz dual-core CPUs with Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor. The Nook has 1 GB of RAM, while Fire has 512 MB. One bonus on the Fire is the Silk web browser, which makes surfing the Internet faster than a normal dual-core processor.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AMZN $382.72 -0.49%
BKS $25.06 -0.28%
AAPL $128.54 -0.63%
FB $80.90 1.63%
GOOG $573.37 -0.05%

Markets

DOW 18,096.90 -106.47 -0.58%
S&P 500 2,098.53 -9.25 -0.44%
NASDAQ 4,967.1410 -12.76 -0.26%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs