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Kindle Fire vs. The Nook…or Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by cyberacoustics

Next week, two giants go head-to-head with their new tablets: the Nook Tablet on November 17th and the Kindle Fire on November 15th. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble will put their next-generation tablets on the market, setting up a new battle for the hearts and wallets of holiday shoppers who are looking for gadgets that are good for reading books, watching videos, and browsing the Internet. 

The good news is, no matter which one you choose, you won’t be breaking the bank. The Nook Tablet at $249 and the Kindle Fire at $199 is far below what you would pay for an iPad. But is there a spoiler out there that you haven’t heard of?

Enter Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. I am now seeing the price down to $249.00 on T-Mobile with a 2-year contract and they are offering a no interest payment plan. Sounds tempting.

Let’s look at some numbers for a quick comparison of all three devices:

Screens
All have a 7-inch touch-sensitive screen with color display.

Purpose
Fire & Nook: Reading books, watching videos and browsing the Web. Both of these devices are more focused on the book-reading experience than Apple’s iPad, which dominates the tablet field. 
Galaxy: Reading books, watching videos and browsing the Web, but offers more options for those who are on the go. 

Operating System
Fire & Nook: Customized versions of Google Android. 
Galaxy: Honeycomb 3.2, Android's latest OS for tablets with multitasking and split view support. 

Apps 
Fire & Nook: You'd think these Android-based tablets would give owners access to the popular Android Market, which houses more than 250,000 apps. But unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Barnes & Noble and Amazon require users to purchase apps through online stores that they've created. 
Galaxy: Android Market 

Storage Space
Nook Tablet: 16GB 
Kindle Fire: 8GB 
Galaxy: 16GB or upgrade to 32GB 

Memory
Nook Tablet: 1GB of RAM
Kindle Fire: 512 MB of RAM, according to Computerworld
Galaxy: 1GB of RAM

Weight
Nook Tablet: 14.1 ounces
Kindle Fire: 14.6 ounces
Galaxy: 12.2 ounces

Battery Life
Nook Tablet: 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video
Kindle Fire: 8 hours of reading or 7.5 hours of video with Wi-Fi turned off
Galaxy: Battery rated for 10 hours

Books
Nook Tablet: More than 2.5 million titles
Kindle Fire: More than 1 million current titles and 2 million out-of-copyright
Galaxy: More than 2.3 million e-books

Before you make a decision, though, check out more information on each tablet. I’ve provided links to the Features and Spec pages for each device. Just click on the links below:
Nook Tablet :
Features 
Specs

Kindle Fire :
Features & Specs

Samsung Galaxy:
Features 
Specs

Of course, there are other tablets out in the market place to choose from, but for under $300.00 out of pocket, these are going to be the best. Happy shopping and as always, we welcome your comments.

-Steve Murphy, CA CFO


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