Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: Which Should You Buy?

At a Glance

The 7-inch, Android-based Amazon Fire will appeal to those who buy books, videos, and music at Amazon, but it will frustrate those looking for a more versatile slate.

Price when rated: $199

Pros

  • Easy shopping for Amazon books, music, videos
  • Smooth integration of cloud and local storage
  • Smooth integration of cloud and local storage
  • Easy shopping for Amazon books, music, videos

Cons

  • Interface still has some bugs
  • Sluggish performance
  • Not as flexible and versatile as other tablets
  • Interface still has some bugs
  • Sluggish performance
  • Not as flexible and versatile as other tablets
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At a Glance

Nook Tablet excels at reading, and offers a smattering of solid streaming media services, but it lacks the flexibility of a full-featured tablet.

Price when rated: $249

Pros

  • Interface focuses on customization and reading
  • Many apps are tailored for the 7-inch screen
  • Interface focuses on customization and reading
  • Great display minimizes glare
  • Great display minimizes glare
  • Many apps are tailored for the 7-inch screen

Cons

  • Navigation is locked into portrait mode only
  • Navigation is locked into portrait mode only
  • Gray bezel is distracting
  • Gray bezel is distracting
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