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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 VS The new Nook HD

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Posted on Nov 13, 2012 4:49:02 AM PST
F. Macli says:
Went to Staples and compared the FIRE HD to the NOOK HD+. Overall the picture quality was comparible. Where the FIRE far exceeded the NOOK was in audio quality and loudness. The NOOK wasn't in the same ballpark as the FIRE. Was kind of shocked that BN would not ha e had a better audio design.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 5:15:17 AM PST
Sarida says:
wow. That's great. My local Staples didn't have the 8.9" on display yet.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 5:18:13 AM PST
Madscientist says:
Interesting... The picture quality of the Nook HD+ is significantly superior to that of that Fire HD from what I saw. The Nook HD+ has a much higher resolution and packs almost the same PPI as the newest ipad. So in the display category, the Nook HD+ is easily ahead. In everything else I agree the Fire HD takes the lead.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 5:24:30 AM PST
F. Macli says:
You may be correct but from a brief evaluation I couldn't really appreciate a significant difference in picture quality whereas the audio was day and night.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 5:27:02 AM PST
F. Macli says:
Staples had the Fire HD (7 inch) and Nook Hd+ (9 inch)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 5:28:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2012 5:28:22 AM PST
Madscientist says:
I agree about the audio. The Fire HD 7" has a smaller display so that can help compensate in the comparison. The Nook HD+ is a good tablet for the money in my opinion. However, if you don't care much for the larger display size, the Fire HD 7" is the better deal. I would also consider the Nexus 7 which goes for the same price and has similar specs. In fact, the Nexus 7 has additional goodies such as GPS, etc. As an Amazon content delivery device, it is tough to beat the Kindle Fire HD at its current price point.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:27:12 AM PST
Sarida says:
But the topic header says 8.9" vs nook.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 10:30:48 AM PST
Madscientist says:
Ok, so I was providing information about a competitor's product.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 3:04:03 PM PST
Which of these two have the best OS out of the box?

Will either of them be upgraded to Jellybean or later, without rooting?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 3:06:52 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
They both have custom versions of Android.


Posted on Nov 13, 2012 5:43:35 PM PST
Madscientist says:
The Nooks have microSD card slots. That opens a whole new realm of possibilities for booting off the microsd card without ever having to root. That way you can dual boot the stock Nook OS and the custom OS that you load via the microSD card which could very well be the latest Android when those are ported. You can do that without having to change anything in the stock OS. In out of the box experience, the Kindle Fire HD (and 8.9) are the better choices plus you have the camera if you are interested in that. Also, Amazon's content is much better. As a tablet, the Nook HD and HD+ will give you a true Android experience if you use a custom ROM. You should be able to do the same with the Fire tablets but with much greater effort. If you are not interested in rooting or custom modifications, ROMs, etc, get the Fire HD or HD 8.9. They provide the best out of the box experience. The Nook, however, is a better all around tablet (minus the camera) if you don't mind playing with custom ROMs.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 6:27:33 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 6:27:34 PM PST
varied books says:
I just bought the fire HD 8.9'' tablet today. I own a nook tablet and Ipad 3. I bought the fire b/c I wanted to use the kindle lending library. I hate the carousel on the fire compared to how books are organized on the Nook Tablet. On the nook tablet you can easily get a synopsis of a book by holding down a book cover. The books are organized better on the Nook and you can do categories.

That said I hate BN business practices. Forcing their customers to accept updates on products is wrong. I will never buy another product from them again. I will admit I do download their free books. Amazon has my loyalty. Customer service is great and returning something has never been an issue.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 11:57:04 AM PST
I want to install Nook on my Kindle Fire HD but does anyone know how to do this without going into I tried that and I can't seem to get Nook to download. And I did enable the feature to allow third party apps. If anyone knows how please let me know.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 12:00:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2012 12:10:52 PM PST
Rodster says:
I don't understand the point about BN forcing updates on you. If you are referring to system updates it also applies to Amazon and the Kindle Fire as well. Amazon forces OTA updates on their products if you are connected to the internet.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 12:23:45 PM PST
Martha - Try getting the Nook App from 1Mobile instead.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 2:58:48 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
I've been agonizing over the choice between B&N Nook HD+ and the Fire 8.9. I've read everything I can find about both readers (as of Dec 15 2012), and there's a lot of info out there. I've also seen and played with both readers. To me, the Nook looks nicer. It's a little lighter. Reviewers say both have excellent screens, but the Nook's color is a bit better.

I finally settled on the Fire 8.9 for several reasons. Most important, the "content" available for the Nook (Dec 2012) is really lame - mostly games and kids' stuff. B&N has a wonderful selection of books, but it has no native music "store". There are very few movies available for the Nook.Finally, the customer support for the Fire readers is reportedly much better than B&N's support, which is allegedly very poor.

As a tablet, the Nook HD+ may be a little better. As a reading experience they're both probbly fine. For magazines and color graphics, they're both excellent, but the Nook has the edge. However, for all the reasons in this thread, I'll go with the Fire 8.9 in the 64 GB configuration with the 4G connectivity. I doubt very much that I';; ever want to root it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 3:06:43 AM PST
D.L.C says:
Both are forked Android. Hard to say what is best.

Kindle Fire easier to root. Last I checked, XDA doesn't have a ready for primetime root of the Nook HD.

Kindle Fire stock does not have the necessary drivers for USB Hosting. So no USB devices period. You can fix this with a ROM though. But I don't see the point in ROMing a Kindle Fire. You may as well just buy the Nook HD, or get a Nexus or Samsung.

There is no way in hell RT is coming to Nook or Amazon tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 6:26:43 AM PST
Sarida says:
I applaud your wisdom in knowing there is more to using the tablet than just knowing what specs it has. People basically have four choices on what they want to be tied to:

Amazon Android
B&N Android

What I find interesting that after all the research you chose Amazon over Apple with the same amount of money being spent, but I've always said that choice is good for consumers!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 7:01:58 AM PST
Rodster says:
I own multiple Apple iPad's as well as Kindle Fire HD's. The purpose of the HD's is solely around the Amazon ecosystem and Amazon Prime. I personally enjoy what Amazon has to offer and over the past year their library continues to improve for content. That's also the reason why I decided not to give the BN Nook HD+ a try as the previous poster mentioned. I was ver concerned about the available content on offer from BN and Bill Hanson confirmed that.

As you stated it's not so much about hardware specs but how the hardware completes the package with the software. This is where Amazon has it over their competitors and in some ways beats Apple because they don't have a service like Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 8:49:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012 8:49:42 AM PST
Sarida says:
Okay...but honestly, I was specifically talking to Bill.

However, thanks for your input!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 11:51:43 AM PST
Rodster says:
Actually I was agreeing with both you and Bill which is why I responded as such. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 10:43:35 AM PST
Kevin Dahlen says:
How do you buy a book by mistake?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 10:47:39 AM PST
~nospin says:
Hit the buy button instead of putting it in wishlist is one way.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 10:47:40 AM PST
Kevin Dahlen says:
Sure, you can get free apps, however, you get some annoying ads along with them. Nook charges a minimal fee for most of their apps, but no ads. Also, the Nook HD comes with a wall charger, Kindle Fire HD doesnt. That makes up the 30.00 difference.
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