Seven-Inch Tablet Comparison: Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs. B&N Nook HD vs. Google Nexus 7



Amazon Kindle Fire HD

B&N Nook HD

Google Nexus 7

$200 will land you a nice seven-inch tablet. But which one should you get? The three leading, $200 devices mimic each other closely. To help set them apart, we took a closer look at the content available on each and a few distinguishing extras.

Content

  • Kindle Fire HD - If you want to use your tablet mostly as a delivery device for books and instant video, getting in on the Amazon ecosystem and its massive libraries makes a lot of sense. Amazon’s Prime service ($79 per year) gives you streaming video, access to the Lending Library, and shipping discounts.
  • Nook HD - The lighter Nook HD offers a comparable library of books and magazines but can’t match Amazon when it comes to instant video. However, if you’re sharing your tablet with the whole family, each member can customize their own content with their Nook profile.
  • Nexus 7 - If you are looking for more games, apps, and music, Google’s Nexus 7 takes the cake. Unlike the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD, its Android 4.1 operating system is unmodified and the Google Play Store has over 600k apps.

Extras

  • Kindle Fire HD - Amazon’s X-Ray feature allows you to track characters and story elements throughout a novel. Movie watchers can tap on an actor or actress mid-film and get their IMDB information instantly.
  • Nook HD - On the Nook HD, you can create up to 6 personal profiles, a great feature for families or those sharing a tablet. Once you create a profile, you’ll be able to customize the content to your tastes and get book and movie recommendations from Nook based on those tastes.
  • Nexus 7 - Google’s tablet has voice command and GPS and you won’t find either of those on the Nook HD or Kindle Fire HD. Smooth integration with Gmail, Google+, Calendar, and Drive is a huge plus, especially if you already have an Android phone.

Comparison Table

Amazon Kindle Fire HD B&N Nook HD Google Nexus 7
Internet Connectivity Wi-Fi Only Wi-Fi Only Wi-Fi Only
Display 7-inch, 1280×800 pixels 7-inch, 1440×900 pixels 7-inch, 1280×800 pixels
Battery Life 7 hours of continuous video 9 hours of continues video 9 hours of continuous video
Camera Front-facing None Front-facing
Weight (pounds) 0.86 0.69 0.74
Height (inches) 7.7 7.7 7.8
Width (inches) 5.4 4.7 4.7
Thickness (inches) 0.4 0.45 0.41
Colors black smoke (dark gray) or snow (white) black
Available Capacity 16GB or 32GB 8GB or 16GB 16GB or 32GB
Price from $199 from $199 from $199

Summary

If you shop online often and want streaming video on your device, the Kindle Fire HD with an Amazon Prime membership makes sense. If you want a lighter, more portable tablet that can be customized for each member of the family, we recommend the Nook HD. Want your tablet to be more than a content delivery device? The Nexus 7 delivers a more robust, multi-tasking experience.


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The Glyde Team