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Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: Spec showdown

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Barnes & Noble announced today its answer to Amazon’s Kindle Fire: the Nook Tablet. Measuring seven inches, the Nook Tablet shares many of the same features as the Kindle Fire, with a few notable specs that seem to leave Amazon’s beefed-up e-reader in the dust. But when we say “a few,” we really mean it — on paper, these two devices are almost identical. So, did B&N pack enough into the Nook Tablet to make it worth the extra $49? Judge for yourself in this spec showdown.

Amazon Kindle Fire vs Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
  Kindle Fire Nook Tablet
Price $199 $249
Dimensions 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 (in.) 8.1 x 5 x 0.48 (in.)
Weight 14.6 ounces 14.1 ounces
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
(modified)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
(modified)
Processor 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4
RAM 512MB 1GB
Storage 8 GB 16 GB
SD card slot No Yes (expandable to 32GB)
Microphone No Yes
Camera No No
Max. battery 8 hrs (w/o Wi-Fi) 9 hrs video, 11.5 hrs reading
(w/o Wi-Fi)
Chargers Micro USB (computer/wall charger) Micro USB (wall charger only)
3G No No
Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G/N/X 802.11 B/G/N
Screen size 7 inches, IPS 7 inches, IPS
(LG VividView, laminated)
Resolution 600 x 1024 600 x 1024
Pixel density 169 dpi 169 dpi
HDMI No No
Bluetooth No (enabled with hack) No
Browser Amazon Silk Android (customized)
Book store Amazon Barnes & Noble
Book formats Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Audible EPUB, PDF, DOC, TXT, DOCM, DOCX
App store Amazon Barnes & Noble
Video formats MP4, VP8 MP4
Picture formats JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Music formats AAC (DRM-free), MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV MP3, MP4, AAC
Micro SD card slot No Yes
Adobe Flash support Yes Yes
Additional features Cloud backup, Whispersync, wireless sync, video rental, 30-day Amazon Prime trial, Amazon Lending Library Nook Newsstand, Nook Comics, Nook Cloud backup, Read and Record, free in-store support, free in-store Wi-Fi,

Check back with DT soon for our full first impressions of the Nook Tablet. For our Amazon Kindle Fire hands-on impressions, click here.