Kindle Fire vs. Nook Color spec breakdown

Compare the specs and features of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.

Photo of Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.
The Amazon Kindle Fire vs. the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Amazon

Update (11/07/11): You can find a comparison between the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet on CNET's Android Atlas. The following piece compares the Kindle Fire to Barnes & Noble's older touch screen reader, the Nook Color.

In the aftermath of Amazon's Kindle Fire announcement, the world of budget-priced Android e-reader tablets just got a whole lot more interesting. If you're curious to see how the Kindle Fire stacks up against its closest competitor (the Barnes & Noble Nook Color), here's a handy spec-by-spec breakdown.

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Kindle FireNook Color
Dimensions7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches (HWD)8.1 x 5 x 0.5 inches (HWD)
Weight14.6 ounces15.8 ounces
OSCustom Android forkCustom Android fork
Processor(Unknown) dual-coreARM Cortex A8-based Ti OMAP 3621 @ 800 MHz
Front cameraNoNo
Rear cameraNoNo
Battery8 hours (Wi-Fi off)8 hours (Wi-Fi off)
Charge typeMicro-USB; computer charge OKMicro-USB; requires wall adapter
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n/x802.11 b/g/n
Screen size7 inches (IPS)7 inches (IPS)
Pixel density169 dpi169 dpi
Book storeAmazonBarnes & Noble
App storeAmazonBarnes & Noble
Book formatsKindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX))EPUB, PDF, DOC, TXT, DOCM, DOCX
UnsuportedEPUB, LIT, LRZ/LRX (Sony)LIT, AMZ, LRZ/LRX (Sony)
Video formatsMP4, VP8MP4
Music formatsNon-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAVMP3, MP4, AAC
Adobe FlashYesYes
Other featuresCloud storage backup, Wireless sync, Media bookmarks, Whispersync, Amazon Silk Web browser, Free month of Amazon Prime, Video rentalNook Friends, in-store specials, Newsstand, unique e-book content for children
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