Network World Evaluation - Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire
Two excellent products are reviewed by Network World as noted below:
Network World - Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire
QUOTE: While there are some minor differences in the tablets' overall specifications, the real differences come down to what extra goodies you get from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, such as cloud storage and digital newsstands. In this article we'll break down the similarities and differences between the Nook and the Kindle Fire and deliver a verdict on which tablet is most worthy of your hard-earned $199.
Hardware: Have we mentioned that these two tablets are very, very similar? Well, they are. The Nook Tablet has 8GB of internal storage and a 1GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor. The Kindle, in contrast, features ... 8GB of internal storage and a 1GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor! The biggest difference hardware-wise is the significant improvements in battery life that B&N is promising to deliver with the Nook. So while the Kindle Fire delivers just eight hours of reading time and 7.5 hours of video time on the Kindle Fire even when the Wi-Fi is turned off, the Nook promises 11.5 hours of reading time and nine hours of video. Not too shabby!
Size and weight: The Nook and the Kindle Fire feature identical 7-inch display screens with resolutions of 1024x600 pixels. The Nook's weight of 14.1 ounces is ever-so-slightly lighter than the Kindle Fire's 14.6 ounces. All in all, though, this comes up as a push.
Operating system: They both run on modified versions of Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread"). There's been no word yet on when either device will get upgraded to either Android 3.0 ("Honeycomb") or Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich"), both of which are optimized for the tablet form factor.
Price: As mentioned before, both tablets will set you back $199 so pricing comes out as yet another push.
Extra goodies: Finally! A clear, definable difference between these two cheapie Android tablets!