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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 VS The new Nook HD


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Posted on Sep 26, 2012 7:09:55 PM PDT
I say go with one or the other, then live with your decision. I've known people that bought the nook and regretted it after seeing all it couldn't do and all the choices they didn't get.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 8:44:56 PM PDT
M. Kean says:
From what we see now the nook hd does look like it might have an edge, BUT for most people I doubt it would really come into play. Everything else that Amazon offers put it over the top though, i would get a Fire HD way before I would get a Nook HD.

Also, I think it will be many years before B&N goes out of business, if it does. And if it does I agree it would likely just be bought out and merged with another company, Microsoft being a likely option. Which would be very interesting considering Microsoft's attempt to break into the mobile phone and tablet market. Acquiring the nook would actually be very advantageous for them I'd think.

Then there's always the bizarre scenario that Amazon takes B&N over. That would be extremely interesting. As long as Apple doesn't end up with it, I'm fine with it.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 11:22:47 PM PDT
Jo MW says:
I've owned a 32GB iPad for many months. I still have 25GB available. So an SDcard option means nothing to me. And the other specs and the prices are roughly comparable.

I'd buy Kindle simply because it's backed by Amazon--best CS ever.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 1:01:58 AM PDT
Luna says:
"If" all things were equal, I would love the SD slot, because I know I will always be having to watch space available even on a 32gb device. That's just how I roll ... however, all things between the two are not equal ... even in the device alone. The Nook HD+ does not have a camera for skype; does not have the dual wireless antenna, and likely the sound is not as good, though we wont know until both are released (8.9"). And I agree Amazon has best customer service. I find it interesting that the Nook 7" HD is more expensive than the comparable Fire ... it would appear they are "banking" on the 9" Nook as the primary Amazon competitor. Or maybe they, too, are watching to see what Apple does in the 7" market. All I know is I am sticking with Amazon with good reason, and I am sure I will not regret it. Ever.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 2:19:27 AM PDT
D.L.C says:
If you're looking to root, there's really no contest here. The Nook HD wins hands down.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 2:21:49 AM PDT
D.L.C says:
That's true. But one of those does let you with a *stock* device use the USB connection to stream media.

Basically 70% of the tablet market say no to SD cards.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 4:30:01 AM PDT
Like many here, I went through the Kindle vs Nook comparison process when B&N introduced the first Nook in 2009 and decided to stay with Kindle. I've periodically re-visited my decision as the companies have introduced new models and have always concluded that the differences in price and in hardware were relatively minor in comparision to content availability and service. Amazon wins that contest hands down.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 7:23:29 AM PDT
Tami S says:
Nook products seem to be very good when comparing specs, but for customer service from a reliable, trustworthy company who puts the customer first, Amazon wins hands down for me. Returns on books within 7 days, B&N doesn't allow. Amazon's ecosystem, so much better....

No front camera for skype, no dual WIFI on Nook; XRay and so many other features on Kindle....easy choice for me. I have been an Amazon customer since 2009, when I purchased my first kindle, a K2US (there were no nooks at the time and I felt that Kindle beat Sony for what I wanted). I actually opened my first Amazon account to register my kindle :) Now a Prime member who has bought all my kids and several family members kindles, and each new model kindle as it comes out for myself, but i digress ;)

I was a loyal B&N customer at the time and remained so (I was the only one I knew with a kindle for quite awhile!) so I purchased all my kids books, some music, gift cards, and books as gifts from B&N - however once their Nook came out they lost me as a customer. Why? They have the most deceitful, dishonest campaigns to sell their products I have ever seen. You go into their stores and the employees will outright lie to you about Kindles vs Nooks. Their hardware isn't bad, but they can never stand on their own merits and let their products speak for themselves. They don't tout their own products qualities without in the same breath bashing Kindle to the point of lying. Sick pathetic and sad!

Their lastest is their info for the new Nook HDs, in which they say Amazon has ads (optional is not mentioned), that the cord is an extra $20 (it's $10 ordered with the Fire) but the biggest thing that left my mouth hanging open, lol was their claim to be the ONLY tablet with family profiles and stating that Kindle fire does not have this.....REALLY?

Let's see, their tablets are going to come out on Nov 1 (I'm hoping Amazon can match that with the 8.9"). The Fire HD 7" are out NOW, and Amazon says that their family profiles will be available in October SO, not only are Nooks most definitely NOT the only tablets with family profiles, they are also not the FIRST to have that available!!

Sorry folks, jumping down off my soap box now, lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 7:38:43 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
"... but the biggest thing that left my mouth hanging open, lol was their claim to be the ONLY tablet with family profiles and stating that Kindle fire does not have this.....REALLY?"

Well, they may well have to drop that claim if Amazon meets its scheduled release of FreeTime in October, the month before the Nook HD actually ships.

I've worked with marketing folks for years and they often make used car salesman look like saints in comparison. In this case, the claim is not exactly a lie but it comes about as close as marketing speak can.

No matter. I'm overjoyed to see both Amazon and B&N introduce user profiles. Tablets have too long been assumed to be like phones; personal devices that are seldom if ever shared. When I first purchased an iPad I was extremely disappointed to find that there was no way to create a "profile" for my 7 y/o daughter with a UI devoted to her apps, books, games, etc. The best I could do was to put her content on one page of the UI. But if I did so, "Angry Birds" could appear only on that page and nowhere else. Apple's "solution" to the problem? Buy another iPad.

Interestingly, the original Kindle Fire at least was a step beyond what the iPad offered. With "Kids Place with Child Lock" combined with the KF's parental controls I could give my daughter a UI of her own with her apps and games. Still, the features were limited. I couldn't limit her access to just her books or music, for example.

User profiles are going to be a game changer for many families, even those who don't need parental controls. Hopefully, my wife and I can each use the KFHD without tripping over one another's books and apps. I'm looking forward to it eagerly. And despite the stretched truth of B&N's marketing, I'm happy to see they understand the nature of a shared tablet.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 9:19:57 AM PDT
Kim says:
Customer service is important to me when I purchase an item. Easy choice for me, Amazon!
When I first started looking at Ereaders, I was told about the Customer Service @ Amazon, and I totally agree. Fantastic! Good Luck in your choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 12:58:20 PM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I read the article about it, and it appears that it's the same deal as Amazon. You can buy or rent what is out on DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 2:16:51 PM PDT
"I was a loyal B&N customer at the time and remained so (I was the only one I knew with a kindle for quite awhile!) so I purchased all my kids books, some music, gift cards, and books as gifts from B&N - however once their Nook came out they lost me as a customer. Why? They have the most deceitful, dishonest campaigns to sell their products I have ever seen. You go into their stores and the employees will outright lie to you about Kindles vs Nooks. Their hardware isn't bad, but they can never stand on their own merits and let their products speak for themselves. They don't tout their own products qualities without in the same breath bashing Kindle to the point of lying. Sick pathetic and sad!"

My sentiments exactly!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 2:21:20 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
As I've said several times, B&N management is ignerent.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 2:22:49 PM PDT
Something else I've wondered about. The B&N site is pretty clear: "Please note: Once purchased, NOOK Books cannot be refunded."

What happens if someone finds or steals a nook, and makes purchases before the owner calls and reports it missing?

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 2:25:01 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
SOL?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 4:33:53 PM PDT
We don't really know who started working on "profiles" first. Either way, I'm in favor of the competition. It keeps them both improving. Maybe we'd never have had library borrowing if B&N hadn't done it first.

Right now, I'm wishing Border's were still in business -- I'd like to have a thirty or forty percent off coupon for the new Midsomer Murders DVD at 129.99. Amazon was apparently not impressed by the CDUniverse price of 113.69 plus 6.99 shipping that I reported ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 5:00:15 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Dispute it with the credit card company.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 5:29:32 PM PDT
T. Schiel says:
I just bought the Nook Simple Touch and I feel it is better than the Kindle Touch as far as hardware goes. It has buttons for turning pages besides the touch and has page numbers. I know locations are technically more practical but I'm old school and like the page numbers even though they change with font size. There also more font choices. It is a very nice reader but I also love my Fire and will buy a Paperwhite since it seems to be a better hardware choice. It's good to have choices.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 8:41:16 PM PDT
Jo MW says:
All the recent kindle books I've purchased have page numbers.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 8:51:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2012 8:51:59 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
Kindle books have page numbers that correspond with an actually social version of the book and do not change with the font (aka, like a physical book). Kindle has had page numbers for quite some time.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 9:14:18 PM PDT
D.L.C says:
Hope they did it on your credit card. Also a good reason to put a lock on purchases. And that goes for any device where you've linked to a credit/debit/paypal account.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 9:16:06 PM PDT
D.L.C says:
Indeed. I think you're crazy to link a debit card to a tablet or smartphone.

Especially since filing a police report with your credit card firm for a stolen item essentially ensures that the credit card company will void the charges made on the stolen item.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 9:59:42 PM PDT
King Al says:
Despite what their policy says, they do often accept returns, but you may have to bug several CS reps.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 10:22:14 PM PDT
Snowmyst says:
I have both Kindle and a Nook Color. For reading, especially long segments of reading I love and will not give up my Kindle DX. Well worth the money spent. The keyboard is pretty much useless on it so I got a Kindle Keyboard for my note taking, a little better but should of waited for the touch screen to come out. I have a rooted Nook Color and for everything else its perfect for me. I wanted a basic tablet to surf the net, check email, keep grandkids occupied and play a few games myself. Customer service for both devices, (before I rooted the Nook), Amazon hands down the best. B&N very rarely answered any my emails, and when they did it was a canned reply not even dealing with my problem. Talking in person was not much better while Amazon usually gets things done in one or two calls, even when my acct had been hacked into.

Its really what you are looking for or needing.

If the xda developers are able to root the Nook HD, I will go with it for my tablet, yes it voids the warranty but I feel that with their customer service, I'm not not missing much and stay with Kindle for my reading pleasure, hoping they bring out a DX sized Paperwhite.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 11:03:10 PM PDT
The Nook costs $30.00 more than the comparable Kindle...and all you get for that extra is an SD card slot....and the probability that the company which sold it will not be around when it needs repairs, or replacement. B&N is also notorious for bad Customer Service while Amazon Kindle is known for great CS. Kindle offers a better product, with better service, at better cost. There is no reason to consider a Nook.
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