The Kindle Fire HDX and the Nook HD Plus has been out for a while. When it comes to comparing the specs of these two tablets, you’ll see that the Nook HD Plus is the one with a 9″ screen and direct access to the Google Play store; the cherry on top is the low price for what it offers.
Obviously, one may doubt, why is the price so low?
The answer to that question is that B&N has discontinued this tablet, making these tablets able to be sold at the cheapest rates possible to recover their losses, plus clearing the stock. That’s why you’ll be able to find the Nook Tablets at cheaper prices.
Thus, be reminded that you may not be able to find good support service for these discontinued tablets from B&N and soon the Nook HD and Nook HD+ will disappear from market.
Kindle Fire HDX
- Screen resolution is better @ 323PPI (vs 256PPI)
- 2.2Ghz quad core processor (vs 1.5Ghz dual core processor)
- Dual WiFi antenna is better for streaming movies and videos (vs Single antenna)
- 2GB RAM (vs 1GB)
- Digital Dolby audio speaker
- Lighter in weight
- Front-facing HD camera for Skype calling (Nook HD Plus has no camera)
- Customized version of Android 4.4 KitKat (vs Customized version of Android 4.0 ICS)
- Optional 4G with assisted GPS (vs None)
- No direct access to Google Play store, but you can side-load many of those Google Play apps on the Kindle Fire.
- No microSD slot
Review from an actual user, who has been deciding between Kindle Fire HDX vs Nook HD:
Nook HD plus
- Direct access to the Google Play store
- microSD slot
- Bigger screen for a cheaper price
- No camera
- An older device, so the inner-ware is getting obsolete, i.e. the software and hardware.
- Has been discontinued by B&N
Both devices are good and definitely worth the price. However, you are choosing between an old device which may completely disappear in the market soon (the Nook HD Plus) and a newer device (the Kindle Fire HDX).
You sure would be paying less for the Nook HD+, so if money is your main concern, then Nook HD+ would give the best bang for your buck. The difference in price is not really big though, and the Kindle Fire HDX has now dropped in price, so I do recommend paying a little more and go for the Kindle Fire HDX.
The following new user review (written on 14th Nov 2014) should help your final decision: