Kindle Fire HD 7" vs. NOOK HD: Specs Shootout

By Sumit Passary | Sep 30, 2012 11:08 AM EDT

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Barnes & Noble revealed its new 7-inch tablet, the NOOK HD, on Sept. 25. The NOOK HD is one of the lightest tablets currently available and sports the highest resolution in the 7-inch tablet domain. Loyalists of Amazon have appreciated the recently launched Kindle Fire HD.  

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Here is a roundup of the specifications of Kindle Fire HD and NOOK HD.

Processor and OS
A dual-core OMAP 4470 processor clocked at 1.3GHz powers the NOOK HD tablet, compared to the 1.2GHz Dual-core OMAP 4460 processor of the Kindle Fire HD.

Both devices run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).

Display and Resolution
Both the Kindle Fire HD and NOOK HD feature a 7-inch HD display. At 1,440 x 900 pixels resolution with 243 ppi, the NOOK HD ousts the 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution of the Kindle Fire HD with 216 ppi. 

Form Factor
The NOOK HD measures 7.65 x 5.00 x 0.43 inches. On the other hand the Kindle Fire HD has 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.40 inches dimensions. At 13.9 ounces, the Kindle Fire HD is slightly heavier than the 11.1 ounces of the NOOK HD.

Camera
The Amazon device sports a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, whereas the NOOK HD does not come with a camera. 

Memory and Storage
The NOOK HD has 8/16GB on-board storage versions of the device as opposed to the 16/32 GB storage variants of the Kindle Fire HD. The NOOK HD also has an expandable memory option of up to 32GB with the use of a microSD card. Even though the expandable memory is not available on the Kindle Fire HD via a microSD card, it has Amazon Cloud available for content storage.

Both the tablets include 1GB of RAM.

Battery
A 4050mAh battery, which offers up to 10.5 hours of reading time and 9.5 hours of video, powers the NOOK HD. The Kindle Fire HD includes a 4400mAh battery which supports up to 11 hours of continuous usage.

Pricing, Colors, and Availability
The 8GB version of the NOOK HD is priced at $199. However, consumers can get a 16GB Kindle Fire HD for the same price. The 16GB version of NOOK HD is priced at $229 and the 32GB of the Kindle Fire HD is available for $249.  

The NOOK HD is available in two colors: "Snow" and "Smoke", whereas the Kindle Fire HD is available only in black.

The NOOK HD is currently available for pre-order on barnesandnoble.com and is expected to hit the shelves on Nov. 1. Consumers can buy the Kindle Fire HD from amazon.com.

 

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