Review: Kindle Fire HD vs Nook HD (Which one takes the crown?)

Actual books are becoming a thing of the past as e-book readers continue to sway fellow readers into enjoying a digital reading experience. In this post today, I will be reviewing two rivals, an e-reader made by Amazon ( Kindle Fire HD) and the other by Barnes & Nobles (Nook HD).

You might be asking yourself, if both e-readers are meant to display a digital book, are they really that different? Well that is what I am here to discuss today. Personally, I own a Kindle Fire HD myself, so I’ve had to ask a friend of mine if I can borrow their Nook HD for a couple of days to compare the two.

Here are both the e-readers side by side.

Fire Kindle vs Nook HD

The Review

Let’s first begin with the specs.

Kindle Fire HD

  • Memory: 16 or 32 GB
  • Processor: Dual Core 1.2 GHz, OMAP4460
  • Weight: 395 grams
  • Connection: Micro-USB 2.0 (type B), HDMI, 3.5 mm stereo socket, Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE (8.9″ model)
  • Display: 7-inch 1280X800, 216 PP
  • External memory slot: None
  • Battery: 8 hours and 30 minutes


Nook HD

  • Memory: 16 or 32 GB
  • Processor: Dual Core 1.3 GHz, OMAP4460
  • Weight: 315 grams
  • Connection: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
  • Display: 7-inch IPS LCD, 1440 x 900 px at 243 PPI
  • External memory slot: microSD, microSDHC
  • 9 hours and 30 minutes

What does all this mean? Well, the key advantages of the Nook over the Kindle Fire is that it’s faster, has a better display, slightly better battery life, and has an external memory slot.

So what makes the Kindle Fire a good buy? Well, the Kindle Fire has a camera while the Nook does not. The Kindle is ad-free while the Nook displays ads. The Nook 16 GB is priced at $229 vs $199 for the Fire Kindle 16GB. But here is the biggest reason why the Fire Kindle is a favorite – the app store. When it comes to the Nook, you have access to over 5,000 apps, but with the Kindle, you have access to over 50,000 apps. That’s a remarkable difference! In addition, you have access to the Amazon digital store, and Amazon provides you with a fair bit of free goodies to begin your reading experience, so that’s a nice perk as well.

Honestly, it is a tough call between the both of them. The Nook is definitely a strong contender to the Kindle, and being better in speed and display is a huge advantage. At the end of the day, it comes down to what you’re looking for. If you’re someone who loves downloading apps and has a budget, then the Kindle is the perfect product for you. If you’re not much of an app person, and would rather have a better battery life and a lighter device, then the Nook is your calling.

To bring this post to an end, it is a tie between the two devices. It simply comes down to personal needs.

Kindle Fire HD

Display - 90%
Performance - 80%
Lack of ads - 100%
Battery Life - 80%
Application availability - 100%
Value - 90%


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Mark Ortiz

My name is Mark and I started ReviewingThis back in 2016 as an outlet for me to review products that I've personally tried! Throughout the years, I've also brought in several new writers that wanted to share their personal experiences as well. All the reviews you'll find here have been personally reviewed my someone on the team!

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