Price: $199 (Amazon Kindle Fire, at right in photo); $250 (Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, at left in photo)
Display: Each has a 7-inch display with 1024 by 600 resolution
Weight: Each weighs around 0.90 pound
Storage: 8GB, 6.54GB user-accessible (Fire); 16GB, 1GB user-accessible (Nook)
Claimed battery life: Up to 7.5 hours of video playback with Wi-Fi off (Fire); up to 9 hours of video playback with Wi-Fi off (Nook)
Both readers offer similar tech specs, and both will fill the needs of bookworms seeking an e-reading device that can do a lot more than display ebooks. Both offer video content from Netflix and Hulu, and the Fire also gives you access to Amazon’s extensive catalog of movie and television shows for streaming. Both devices let you play music, use third-party mobile apps, view documents, read digital magazines, and browse the Web.
As an e-reader, the Nook Tablet is the better choice of the two; it has a less glarey display, sharper text rendering, and provides better presentation of books and magazines. Kids’ books have fun extras, too, like animations.
Looking for more e-readers? Check out PCWorld’s E-Readers section along with our Top E-Readers chart, which includes other devices from Sony, as well as e-readers from Aluratek, Bookeen, and iRiver.
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