Kindle Fire HDX has just been released and Nook HD Plus has been out for awhile. 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, good screen resolution, and direct access to the Google Play store; the cherry on top is the low price for what it offers.
Obviously, the confusion here is why is this price so low?
The answer to that question is that B&N disowned its tablet category, making these tablets able to be sold at the cheapest rates possible to recover their losses, plus clearing the stock. So that is the reason why you’ll find the Nook Tablet for a cheaper price.
It won’t affect you much, though, but you won’t be able to find any services for your device from B&N and soon enough Nook HD+ will disappear from market.
Kindle Fire HDX
- Screen quality is better @ 323PPI (vs 256PPI)
- 2.2Ghz quad core processor (vs 1.5Ghz dual core processor)
- 2GB RAM
- Dual WiFi antenna is better for streaming movies and videos
- Digital Dolby audio speaker
- 313 grams (if heavy weight can be an issue for you)
- Front-facing HD camera for Skype calling (Nook HD Plus has no camera at all)
- Customized version of Android Jelly Bean (vs Customized version of Android ICS)
- No direct access to Google Play store, but you can side-load many of those apps on the Kindle Fire
- No microSD slot
- No direct ePub support (convert ePub files to Kindle-readable format)
Kindle Fire HDX vs Nook HD Plus – comparison from an actual user:
Nook HD plus
- microSD slot
- Bigger screen for a cheaper price
- Best bang for your buck
- ePub format support
- Direct access to Google Play store
- No camera at all
- Almost 1-year old, so the inner-ware is getting obsolete, i.e. the software and hardware.
- Has been disowned by B&N
Nook HD plus – Discounted Price:
Both devices are good and definitely worth the price. You can’t go wrong getting either of these. But you have to choose between an old device which may become completely obsolete soon (Nook HD Plus) and the new device, which just arrived (Kindle Fire HDX). You sure would be paying a lot less for Nook HD+, so if money is your main concern, then Nook HD+ would give the best bang for your buck. But if money is not an issue, then I do prefer the Kindle Fire HDX. Also see this spec comparison between these two.