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Dont preorder Kindle or Nook

November 10, 2011

In a world of 500 buck iPad/Galaxy tablets, the 200 buck Kindle Fire was a no-brainer.

But on Nov 7th, 2011 the 250 buck Nook Tablet came into the picture and absolutely blew apart the cozy picture.

”]Nook Tablet (left) Kindle Fire (right) [image courtesy gizmodo]From what I have been able to gather is that for 50 bucks more, you get a better processor 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 instead of 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 (no definitive source to confirm this). Double the storage 16GB instead of 8GB. Laminated IPS screen (VividView) like in the iPhone 4 as opposed to plain IPS (In Plane Switching) screen. But most importantly you get double the RAM 1GB instead of 512 MB.

On top of it all the Nook Tablet comes with a microphone, the Kindle Fire has none. So for instance, it may be possible to audio Skype on the Nook but not on the Kindle. For extended storage, the Kindle depends on the Amazon Cloud, while the Nook comes with a 32GB micro SD slot.

The problem is not just those 50 bucks, it is the software. Amazon guys have optimized the Kindle Fire to perfection, while Nook Tablet guys may not have been that savvy about their Android customization / Cloud optimization.

So here’s the bottom line:

If you want a closed, Skype-less, Cloud storage, optimized tablet then go for the Kindle Fire.

If you want an open, Skype-capable, micro SD, non-optimized tablet, then go for the Nook Tablet.

But here’s the clincher. Android has always been a phone OS. With Honeycomb (Android 3), Google attempted to create a tablet OS. Most are calling that only an extended beta. But with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4), Google might have finally cracked the tablet OS problem.

It is a known fact that ICS (Android 4) requires at least 1GB RAM. This is where that crucial difference between Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet comes into play. So even if one is able to root the Kindle Fire, one might not be able to install ICS on it. Nook Tablet, on the other hand, might get rooted in a few days and geeks could even start installing ICS on it.

Without the devices being physically available for review, a real world comparison is beyond even the most technical guys so the one thing we should do is not risk pre-ordering either.

Let both come out (Kindle Fire Nov 15, Nook Tablet Nov 18), read the reviews and then decide. The Nook Tablet, one should be able to pick up in any of their 700 stores.

Some believe Amazon could (later on) sell the Kindle Fire for 99 provided you take Amazon Prime for 2 years (79 each)

Some links about this comparison

NOOK vs. Kindle: See Why NOOK is Exceptional

NextGen Media Tablets?

Amazon Kindle Fire Scares Competitors: 10 Reasons Why

Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire: How The Amazon, Barnes & Noble Gadgets Compare

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet

Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire: The Differences Add Up

Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet Battle for App Supremacy


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