Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 vs. B&N Nook HD+

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

B&N Nook HD+

Amazon and Barnes & Noble both introduced new, full-sized tablets this fall. Each starts at a price under $300, has a high resolution screen, and promises to deliver hours of entertainment. Read on to see a few of the key separating factors between the two tablets.


One major plus of owning a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is getting in on the Amazon ecosystem which has a wide range of books and instant video. Using the 8.9 version will also give you access to 4G LTE which will be perfect if you want to download material when you’re on the go. Amazon’s Prime service ($79 per year) gives you streaming video, access to the Lending Library, and shipping discounts.

The lighter Nook HD+ offers a similar library of books and magazines but falls short when comparing to Amazon’s video library.


The Nook HD+ is a Wi-Fi only device while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 offers a 4G option, which is convenient if you want to download material when you’re on the go. However the price tag on the 4G enabled device jumps $200, from $299 to $499. If you’re the type to queue up and download your video or reading material before heading out, either base-model device will work.


The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has a front-facing camera for video calls. The Nook HD+ does not have a camera.

Account Settings

The Nook HD+ and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablets were each designed with families in mind. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has a feature called FreeTime which allows you to set daily limits on the content kids can see. As for the Nook HD+, if you’re sharing your tablet with the whole family, each member can customize their own content to their Nook Profile.

Comparison Table

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 B&N Nook HD+
Internet Connectivity 4G LTE Wi-Fi Only
Display 8.9 inch, 1920×1200 pixels 9.46 inch, 1920×1280 pixels
Battery Life 11 hours of continuous use 9 hours of continues video, 10 hours of reading
Camera Front-facing None
Weight (pounds) 1.25 1.14
Height (inches) 8.9 9.46
Width (inches) 6.4 6.41
Thickness (inches) 0.35 0.45
Colors black smoke (dark gray) or snow (white)
Available Capacity 32GB or 64GB 16GB or 32GB
Price from $299 from $269


If you like reading and watching movies on your tablet and have an Amazon Prime account, then the Amazon Fire HD 8.9 would be a great option, especially with 4G and a front-facing camera. If you want a lighter, more portable tablet that can be customized for each member of the family and you don’t care much about 4G or a camera, the Nook HD+ is for you.

Whatever your choice, you can always get the cash to upgrade by selling your old tablet on Glyde.

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The Glyde Team