Kindle Fire vs Nook Color

Kindle Fire vs Nook Color

This Kindle Fire vs Nook Color comparison pits the top two competing tablets with ereader roots against each other.

Since the Kindle Fire is still pending release on November 15th, this is an initial comparison of all the main features and specs. Check back in November for an in-depth comparison review and video review comparing the Kindle Fire vs Nook Color (by then there will probably be a new Nook Color to compare it to as well).

Kindle Fire vs Nook Color – Specs

Kindle Fire Nook Color
Reviews pending Nook Color Review
Screen 7″ IPS Vibrant Color, 16 million colors 7″ IPS LG VividView, 16 million colors
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 600
Processor 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor 800MHz ARM Cortex A8, 1.2GHz with overclock hack
Operating System Android 2.3 Android 2.2, others with root, ROMs
Storage 8GB, cloud storage, no memory card slot 8GB, microSD memory card slot for cards up to 32GB
Memory 512 MB RAM 512MB RAM
Apps Amazon’s Appstore 16K+ Nook Apps 750+
Camera No No
Input/Output USB 2.0 (micro-B connector), 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers B&N mini USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 speaker
Audio and Video Support Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi WiFi
Battery 7-8 hours 7-8 hours
Weight 14.6 oz 15.8 oz
Size 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ 8.1" x 5" x 0.48"
MSRP $199 at Amazon $249 new, $179 refurb at B&Nicon

It’s surprising just how similar the Kindle Fire and Nook Color are, especially since the Nook Color will be 1 year old when the Kindle Fire is released. While similar, each device has its own advantages over the other.

Kindle Fire Advantages

  • Faster processor
  • Lower Price
  • More apps (stock)
  • Amazon’s appstore gives away a free paid app each day, lots of games
  • Stereo speakers
  • Amazon Whispersync
  • Cloud storage
  • Amazon Silk web browser
  • Free Month of Amazon Prime
  • Lighter (1.2 ounces)

Nook Color Advantages

  • MicroSD card slot (major advantage)
  • Full Android tablet with ROMs and N2A cards while still preserving the Nook’s stock functionality
  • Active hacking community, lots of mods
  • Refurbished units sometimes drop to $149 or less
  • Access to Barnes and Noble’s in-store exclusive content.
  • Read ebooks for free while visiting B&N stores with B&N’s Read In Store feature (up to an hour per day).

4 Responses to “Kindle Fire vs Nook Color”

  1. what specs do you think the nook color 2 will have?

  2. Which one do u recommend ?

    • Not sure yet. I’ll have to test drive the Kindle Fire before I know for sure. I bet B&N will announce a Nook Color 2 soon anyway that’ll match or beat the Fire’s specs, but probably not the price. The Nook Color could use a faster processor, so I’d expect a dual-core chip. Other than that, who knows what improvements B&N will make.

  3. You should note that the battery life is with the wi-fi turned *off*. And without wi-fi isn’t the cloud storage kinda usless?