Barnes and Noble Nook Color  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Released November, 2010

Barnes and Noble Nook Color

  • 7"
  • 8 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 2.2
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VS
Released October, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Fire OS 3.0 Mojito
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
You can also record 1080p HD videos with the rear camera, but for courtesy's sake, we rarely ever recommend anyone use the camera to shoot photos or video.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nook Color vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple cores

Processor and Memory Armed with Qualcomm’s finest, it doesn’t surprise us with its snappy performance.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 | by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Barnes and Noble Nook Color

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Supported card formats microSDHC vs None Supports supported card formats
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Much more processing power 4,878 vs 691 More than 7x better passmark score
Much longer battery life 18 hour vs 8 hour 2.2x longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
More cores Quad core vs Single core 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Has a webcam 2 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 8 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Much faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 0.8 GHz 2.8x faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Has an accelerometer Yes vs No Somewhat common; Detects movement for interactive apps
Significantly bigger screen 8.9" vs 7" More than 25% bigger screen
Has a light sensor Yes vs No Somewhat common; Automatically adjust screen brightness for environmental factors
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1024 x 600 Around 6.8x higher resolution
Marginally newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Much sharper screen 339 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly more RAM 2 GB vs 0.5 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much thinner 7.8 mm vs 12.2 mm More than 35% thinner
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Has a compass Yes vs No Somewhat common; Great for maps and navigation apps
Slightly more storage capacity 16 GB vs 8 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Lighter 384 g vs 450 g Around 15% lighter

Features Key features of the Nook Color  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

screen resolution

Nook Color
1024 x 600
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
2560 x 1600
It’s undeniably crisp, giving plenty attention to even the smallest of details – with no visible pixels to the eye.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 | by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

CPU Cores

Nook Color
Single core
Armed with a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, featuring the Adreno 330 GPU and coupled with 2GB of RAM, it’s no slouch when it comes to executing even the most demanding operations.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 | by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)

CPU Frequency

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Nook Color  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 7" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD HDX
Resolution 1024 x 600 2560 x 1600
PPI 169 ppi 339 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11g
802.11a
802.11b
Bluetooth None Bluetooth
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Single core Quad core
Clock speed 0.8 GHz 2.2 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a compass No Yes
Has an accelerometer No Yes
Has a gyroscope No Yes
Has a light sensor No Yes

storage

Nook Color  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Internal storage 8 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
microSDHC
Maximum capacity 32 GB N/A

photo & video

Webcam None 2 MP
Rear camera None 8 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB Micro USB
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 450 g 384 g
Size 130 x 210 x 12.2 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 12.2 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 8 hour 18 hour
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