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Barnes & Noble Nook HD vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Barnes & Noble is the latest firm to take a bite out of the 7-inch tablet market, setting itself up as a direct rival to Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, which is set to hit the shelves on October 25.

The firm has announced that it is launching two tablet devices, the Nook HD and Nook HD+, which will hit stores in November.

In the run-up to Christmas, tablets that are easy on the wallet are sure to be popular. So how do the Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD measure up?

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

The Nook HD features a 7-inch display and a choice of 8GB or 16GB of memory, while a microSD card slot is included to bump up storage.

As with the Kindle Fire, the Nook HD runs a heavily modified version of Android 4.0. It’s powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor on the inside.

The device is the lightest of its kind, weighing in at 315g and beating the Fire HD’s comparatively heavy weight of 395g.

Then there’s the screen. The Nook HD boasts a very impressive 7-inch display with a 1440 x 900 resolution with 243ppi.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is due for release in the UK on October 25 and Amazon will be hoping for the same runaway success the original Fire experienced in the US.

With a 1280×800 resolution HD display, delivering 216ppi, the Fire’s display can’t quite compete with the Nook HD.

The Kindle Fire HD also loses narrowly misses out in terms of its processor, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU.

It is pricing where Amazon trumps Barnes & Noble, with the 16GB Fire HD coming in at £159 compared to the 8GB Nook HD for the same price.

With both the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD tablets offering so much, only time will tell which of the devices will emerge victorious.

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