Kindle Fire Vs Nook

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:20am

Tech expert puts Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook through their paces.

They're the hot new gadgets to have this holiday: Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook.

So which is better?

Wilson Rothman, MSNBC's deputy Tech Editor, says media consumption, books, movies, music and games, is what these new Android-based offerings are counting on.

"All in all, they feel about the same in the hand and deliver about the same reading and entertainment experience," Rothman says.

They're also both WiFi devices, but the Kindle Fire relies on it more for streaming media and accessing content stored in the Cloud.

"They've put only 8 gigs of storage on this device [Kindle Fire}, which means ten movies if you're lucky, whereas the Nook has a lot of onboard storage options," Rothman notes.

The two 7-inch tablets also differ a bit in their physical design.

"I think the Nook has a little bit better design," Rothman says. "There's a home button you can press, there's volume buttons on the side. The Kindle went for this no button minimalist thing."

Rothman also gives the Nook tablet points for longer battery life, while Kindle Fire scores
with a wider array of content offerings.

At $199, the Fire's also about $50 cheaper.

"It could easily be a Coke and Pepsi situation where the Kindle sells a ton, but the Nook tablet actually does very, very well," he predicts.

Rothman suggests the tablet choice for many consumers could be as simple as company preference.

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