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Kindle Vs. Nook

Kindle Vs. Nook

The Kindle vs. Nook competition is getting tougher by the day, with each of them resorting to an aggressive price-cut policy. The features offered by both these eReaders are more or less the same. It would be interesting to see what the latest products, Paperwhite and Simple Touch with Glowlight have to offer.
Shashank Nakate
Over the past few years, the market for eReaders has grown exponentially. Competition between eReader products like Kindle from Amazon and Barnes & Noble's Nook is only increasing by the day. Both products have their positives as well as limitations. It will be interesting to see what new improvements have been incorporated by these companies in their respective products.

Taking into account the improvements made to these products, it is quite a tough job to compare them. While Kindle has the trust of the majority of eReader buyers, Nook is kind of a rebel, challenging the established order. Let us take a look at their specifications and features, which will help us understand more about these products.
Kindle Vs. Nook Review
Amazon and Barnes & Noble have released their updated versions of eReaders from time-to-time, in order to stay ahead in today's competitive market. The use of LEDs, which allow reading even in the dark, is one of the notable improvements made in these new versions. The race to add the newest and reader-friendly features has led to tough competition between these brands. Here is more on these products.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"
The Kindle Fire HD 7" is the second generation of Fire series. The product was launched in 7" and 8.9" versions on 6th September, 2012 and 20th November, 2012 respectively. This tablet computer has a user profile sharing feature among family members, and the FreeTime option allows one to set usage limits of individual features. One can connect the tablet to any wireless devices via Bluetooth. The storage space has increased to 16GB, as opposed to 8GB in Kindle Fire.
  • Anti-glare technology enhances color and contrast from any viewing angle.
  • Any special offers and sponsored screensavers are displayed on lock screen or at the lower left-hand corner of the screen, so that use of device is not disrupted.
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!. Hotmail, and Gmail.
  • Unlimited cloud storage.
Specifications of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"
  • Display: 7 inches, 216 ppi
  • Resolution: 800×1280
  • Supported Formats: Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF
  • Weight: 395 grams
  • Size: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.41 inches
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Storage: 16GB (with unlimited cloud storage)
  • Touchscreen: IPS LCD capacitive
  • Color: Black
  • Wireless Standard: Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Operating System: Android OS, v4.0 (customized)
  • Price: $199
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite
Credit: Amazon.com, Inc.
The best thing about Kindle Paperwhite is its screen which gives a feel of paper to your eyes. With a Kindle Paperwhite, it is possible to read in dimly-lit areas. The LED lighting system which simulates the ambient lighting for better viewing is one of the special features of Kindle Paperwhite. This e-reader is thinner than Kindle Touch. However, audio playback options available with Kindle Touch haven't been included in the Paperwhite. Also, the storage capacity is 2GB as opposed to 4GB of Kindle Touch.
  • Pages can be turned by swiping (left and right) or by simply touching them.
  • At the top of the screen of Kindle Paperwhite is a menu bar which allows you to adjust the brightness of the screen. The menu bar provides options for searching a particular text string and adding bookmarks.
  • The 'Instant Translations' feature allows you to translate text from different languages.
  • You can read descriptions of books by selecting 'Menu' followed by 'Book Description' (located on the menu bar).
  • Amazon claims that Kindle Paperwhite's lasts for a whole month.
Specifications of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
  • Display: 6 inches, 212 ppi, E Ink
  • Resolution: 758 × 1024
  • Supported Formats: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT and PDF
  • Weight: 213 grams
  • Size: 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36 inches
  • Wi-Fi: Available with 3G (optional)
  • Storage: 2GB (with unlimited cloud storage)
  • Touchscreen: Available (Capacitive)
  • Color: Black
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b/g/n
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Price: $129.00
Nook HD+
The Nook HD+ is an improved version of the previously launched Nook HD. With a 9" full HD display, this tablet is tough competition to Kindle Fire HD. The device is very well designed keeping user comfort in mind. The small hole that is provided on the bottom left-hand corner of the tablet provides a good thumb grip, while using the device.
  • Nook offers 700,000 Android apps including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, ESPN, etc.
  • One can expand the tablet's memory by adding a microSD, microSDHC card in the slot provided at the bottom edge of the device.
  • Multiple account access on the lock screen.
  • All the recently used apps and multimedia content available on the home screen, just like Amazon Silk UI.
Specifications of Nook HD+
  • Display: 9 inches, 256 ppi
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1280
  • Supported Formats: EPUB, XLSX, XLS, PDF, DOC, CBZ, RTF, TXT, DOCX, PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP
  • Weight: 515 grams
  • Size: 9.46 x 6.41 x 0.45 inches
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Storage: 16GB (with 32GB microSD card storage and cloud storage)
  • Touchscreen: Available (TFT active matrix )
  • Color: Slate
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b/g/n
  • Operating System: Android 4.0.3
  • Price: $149
Nook HD
This 7-inch tablet from Barnes and Noble was launched in November 2012. The device is available in two internal memory sizes, i.e., 8GB and 16GB. This version of the tablet from the company is slightly heavier than its rival, the 7.9-inch iPad mini. Addition of bezel covering has increased the robustness of this device, apart from increasing its aesthetic quotient.
  • Up to six individual profiles can be created.
  • Fully laminated screen that reduces glare and gives better viewing angels.
  • Bluetooth connectivity for connecting with wireless devices.
Specifications of Nook HD
  • Display: 7 inches, 243 ppi
  • Resolution: 1440 x 900
  • Supported Formats: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, FOLIO, OFIP, CBZ, TXT, RTF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, PPSX, DOCX, etc.
  • Weight: 315 grams
  • Size: 7.7 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Wi-Fi: Available (without 3G)
  • Storage: 8GB (with microSD card storage)
  • Touchscreen: Available (TFT active matrix )
  • Color: Snow and Smoke
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b/g/n
  • Operating System: Android 4.0.3
  • Price: $119
Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight
Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight
Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight
Credit: Barnes & Noble.com llc
The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight is seen as a worthy challenger to the Kindle Paperwhite. If you compare the former to last year's version of the Nook, the Glowlight feature can be seen as a notable improvement; fiber-optic technology is used to disperse light (emitted by LEDs) across the screen. This Nook eReader is the lightest of all the earlier versions. The 'Best-Text Technology' used in this device generates clear and crisp text.
  • A button is provided to 'wake' the Nook eReader from sleep mode. The same button is used for turning on the Glowlight.
  • With a memory of 2GB, you can store up to 1,000 books in this eReader.
  • This Nook eReader has a battery life over 1 month.
Specifications of Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight
  • Display: 6 inches, 167 ppi, E Ink Pearl
  • Resolution: 800 x 600
  • Supported Formats: ePub (B&N DRM, Adobe DRM, and non-DRM files), PDF, TXT and CBZ
  • Weight: 197 grams
  • Size: 6.5 x 5 x 0.47 inches
  • Wi-Fi: Available (without 3G)
  • Storage: 2GB (with microSD card storage)
  • Touchscreen: Available (Anti-glare)
  • Color: Black
  • Wireless Standard: 802.11b/g/n
  • Operating System: Android
  • Price: $99
Kindle Products and their Release Dates
  • Kindle: November 19, 2007
  • Kinde 2: February 10, 2009
  • Kindle DX: May 6, 2009
  • Kindle 2 (International): October 7, 2009
  • Kindle DX International: January 19, 2010
  • Kindle DX Graphite: July 1, 2010
  • Kindle (Fourth Generation): September 28, 2011
  • Kindle Touch Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/3G: September 28, 2011
  • Kindle Fire 7" ($159.00): September 28, 2011
  • Kindle (Fifth Generation): September 6, 2012
  • Kindle Fire HD 7" ($199): September 6, 2012
  • Kindle Fire (7 inch model, $199): September 14, 2012
  • Kindle Paperwhite: October 1, 2012
Nook Products and their Release Dates
  • Nook (E Ink): November 30, 2009
  • Nook (LCD): June 21, 2010
  • Nook Color: November 19, 2010
  • Nook Simple Touch ($79.00): June 10, 2011
  • Nook Tablet ($159): November 17, 2011
  • Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight ($99.00): April 12, 2012
  • Nook HD ($129.00): November 8, 2012
  • Nook HD+ ($149.00): November 8, 2012
Points to Consider for Potential Buyers
Some of the notable features which make the Kindle vs. Nook comparison easier are listed below.
Handling
Kindle Paperwhite and Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight are both easy to handle. Their touchscreens are also quite responsive. Even if you read for long hours, you won't experience much discomfort.
Lighting
The lighting is much more even in the Kindle Paperwhite as compared to the latest Nook eReader. In the Nook eReader, 'hotspots' show up at the top and bottom of the screen. In the Paperwhite, hotspots appear only at the bottom edge of the screen.
Wall Charger
The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight comes with a wall charger. For availing a similar kind of charger for the Kindle Paperwhite, you'll have to pay an extra $10.
Advertisements
A Kindle Paperwhite owner has to live with advertisements that are displayed across the bottom of the screen. You can take advertisements off your eReader screen by paying $20. On the other hand, the Nook eReader offers advertisement-free reading.
The Kindle vs. Nook comparison presented above should help in determining which is the best eBook reader to buy. Both the Paperwhite and Simple Touch with Glowlight pose stiff competition to each other, given the array of features and quality offered by them. Although most buyers tend to go with Kindle products, the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight is also a good choice.