MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It seems everyone wants a tablet this year. The question is: Which one should you buy?

Some consumers say they would choose Apple’s iPad, but other say its price tag is too steep. That’s why some may turn to the new souped-up e-readers like Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire.

“You’re looking at products that have really chopped away a lot of features to hit a price point,” said CNET’s Donald Bell.

The Kindle Fire is $199, and the Nook Tablet runs $249. Both have 7-inch screens and only use Wi-Fi for web surfing. Also, neither have cameras.

However, the experts at CNET say there are some differences. The Nook Tablet offers more than twice the storage of the Kindle Fire.

“You’re getting 16 gigabytes of storage, if you really want to get a lot of videos and photos on there,” said Bell.

Also, the Nook Tablet responded better to touch. Barnes & Noble said the Nook Tablet has a dual core processor.

“We have the new vivid view screen which is unparalleled,” said Andrew Widman, of Barnes & Noble.

You can get music on both, but CNET says it’s easier on the Kindle Fire.

“They have their own .mp3 store that’s very popular, with a great selection of tracks. They also have a cloud service that lets you upload your entire music library,” said Bell.

You can also download videos you buy at Amazon. With the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, you can only stream rental videos with Netflix or Hulu.

As far as customer service is concerned, with Amazon, you call or go online. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet owners can stop into a store.

Ultimately, the choice will likely come down to one thing — go with what you can afford. CNET gave the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet a slightly higher rating, but says both offer a lot for the price.

Comments (4)
  1. Babyfacemagee says:

    If you’re a Nook Tablet owner make sure to stop by http://www.NookTabletForum.com and join the largest Nook Tablet news and discussion community.

  2. Teresa says:

    I own a nook color and a regular nook. The devices have both had problems and had to be replaced within 9 months of purchase. Barnes and Noble customer service (call in) was a MESS, both times. Still waiting on the second defective Nook to be replaced. Because of this, I would never recommend owning a Nook or any e reader or tablet from Barnes and Noble. It might have been easier to drive the 90 min to the nearest store, to get this taken care of, but I shouldn’t have to 🙁 And the fact that both Nooks (color and regular) went out before the year was up…without any abuse, is worrisome. Next purchase for us will be a Kindle Fire. Amazon has amazing customer service, even if you email them, they get back, usually within the hour. Love dealing with them and wish now we had gotten Kindles, instead of nooks.

  3. Common Cents says:

    IMHO: the kindle fire is a far better device and buy. It may have less storage memory than the nook, but since you can store all your stuff on the Amazon cloud, you don’t need to pay extra for internal memory you won’t need. Also, since everything is stored in the Amazon cloud, if the device ever gets destroyed or stolen, all you need is a new device and all your photos, videos, music, books, etc.. are all still available to the new device just like the old one. So no data loss.

  4. Aimee123 says:

    Personally I prefer the iPad.
    but guys also still can read this “Kindle Fire VS Nook Tablet-Specs comparison” what listed as a chart in Aneesoft.
    Actually all are depends on need.