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Nook vs Kindle, The Battle of the eReaders

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We're in the electronic era. Everything is getting smaller, slimmer while simultaneously becoming faster, holding more data, and simply making our lives tons easier. Soon books, newspapers, and magazines will become extinct while eReaders gain in popularity and become more affordable. The two big names right now in the eReader market are the Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle. The fight is on and in this literary war, it'll get confusing and mind-numbing trying to figure out which eReader is the best. With all the data concerning each device scattered across the web, I've tried simplifying things, putting most of it in one place.

For instance, weight is an issue technology has tried to minimize all throughout history. We've all heard the phrase "size doesn't matter", well when it comes to electronics it does. The smaller the better. And the folks at Amazon got that by slimming down their Kindle to the beachbody size of 8.5 oz. The Nook, on the other hand, is a weighty 11.6 oz. The Kindle also holds up to 3,500 books, magazines, and newspapers with it's miniature size, compared to Nook's 1,500. But since the Nook has a MicroSD card slot allowing for 16GB of more data to be stored (Amazon ceased putting SD card slots in their Kindles after the first generation) it easily beats the competition. When it comes to battery life, the Kindle K.O's Nook; able to last a whole month without needing another charge, unless you leave the wireless function on then it's only 3 weeks; still longer than the 10 days you get from the Nook.

The Kindle and Nook are similar in that they both have Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G versions (if you want 3G you'll have to pay a little bit extra; the Kindle being 10 dollars cheaper than the Nook). They differentiate in the third versions, with the Nook offering better features. Amazon has a Kindle DX with a 9.7-inch screen, but has the same storage space and lower battery life; the Nook, on the other hand, comes in color and allows you to browse the web, listen to music, view photos, and play games. You can browse the web with a Kindle also, but only text based websites minus Javascript or Flash. Browsing is more visually pleasing in color. Nook is a better version of the iPad as a dedicated eReader, since it's priced at $249 compared to iPad's $499. Also, it's best for kid's books since you'd want those to be in color. Even the introductory Nook has a colorful navigation panel with touchscreen technology compared to Kindle's keyboard.

Now as far as accessories are concerned, again Nook has Kindle beat. There are a variety of stylish designer covers, backs/frames, and even charms you can customize your Nook with. They also have lamps that hook onto your eReader in various colors. The Kindle has lamps too, but you'll only see them in black or white; it's like Amazon doesn't like color! They also have totes and bags specially designed for Nooks and other items - though most look like purses, a couple I think a man can get away with.

The victor between the Nook and Kindle might not be revealed till more time has passed. Analysts have stated that back in March the Nook outsold Kindle and will reach 11 million units sold by the end of the year. But since neither company is releasing sales data, no one knows exactly. One thing's for sure, this is a two person fight. All the lesser known models including borders' Kobo, Sony's Daily Edition PRS950, and Audiovox's failed Lexi (it was pulled off the shelves because of price drops of the top two eReaders), don't have a chance of getting in the fight in this environment.



Dec 27, 2010 7:43pm
Some great points on both readers, I had been considering getting one, and glad you pointed out some tips on both. Great article!
Dec 28, 2010 9:56am
Thanks! I'm glad it was helpful.
Jan 29, 2011 6:50pm
Great points on these e-readers. I bought the Kindle, but the fact that the Nook is in color may cause me to choose it the next time around! Thanks for all the info.
Jan 29, 2011 7:36pm
Yeah, the Nook color uses an LCD screen and so is able to offer the rich color you see. Amazon wants to stay with e-ink technology, and even though there is a color e-ink option out there, they feel it's not as good as LCD. A company in China took the plunged and has manufactured the first color e-reader with e-ink technology. Just search for Hanvon color e-reader to find info on that. Anyway, thanks for the comment!
Mar 23, 2011 9:43pm
Good information and a great article. Do you have any info on how the Nook compares to the Kindle when you go outside and try reading it in natural light? (like at the beach? or pool side?)
Mar 24, 2011 12:35pm
Thanks a lot! All your e-readers use e-ink technology which is basically like reading a book. There shouldn't be any glare problems or eye-strains from reading on either device. Hope that helps.
Sep 15, 2011 12:23am
Thanks for the comparisons in layman's terms. I found this useful info.
Sep 15, 2011 11:10am
No problem.I appreciate the comment!
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