Barnes and Noble Nook HD+  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Released November, 2012

Barnes and Noble Nook HD+

  • 9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Barnes and Noble Nook HD+
7.2 Out of 10
Ultimately, it’s a downer considering the high-resolution display is a nice touch for the experience.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2012)
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
8.4 Out of 10
Battery life has been improved incrementally with this year’s model, easily outlasting its predecessor.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of HD+ vs Fire HDX 8.9

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nook HD+ vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Barnes and Noble Nook HD+

Reasons to consider the
Barnes and Noble Nook HD+

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Supported card formats SD, SDHC vs None Supports supported card formats
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Significantly more processing power 4,854 vs 1,811 Around 2.8x better passmark score
Much longer battery life 18 hour vs 10 hour 80% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many 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
Has a light sensor Yes vs No Somewhat common; Automatically adjust screen brightness for environmental factors
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
Significantly faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1920 x 1280 More than 65% higher resolution
Significantly thinner 7.8 mm vs 11.5 mm More than 30% thinner
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Significantly sharper screen 339 ppi vs 256 ppi More than 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Lighter 384 g vs 515 g More than 25% lighter
Smaller 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm vs 162.8 x 240.3 x 11.5 mm More than 35% smaller
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 11 months later

Reviews Word on the street

Nook HD+  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

7.0
8.7
Calendar includes a number of sensible improvements that for the most part make the interface a more efficient and gratifying experience.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

7.0
8.0
Utilizing the same screen as its predecessor, the tablet’s 8.9-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD display is a remarkable thing to behold because of its sharp details (339 ppi pixel density), potent brightness output of 533 nits, and vivid color reproduction.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Overall

7.0 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Nook HD+  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 9" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD HDX
Resolution 1920 x 1280 2560 x 1600
PPI 256 ppi 339 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11g
802.11a
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 2.2 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a light sensor No Yes

storage

Nook HD+  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
SDHC
SD
Maximum capacity 32 GB N/A

photo & video

Webcam None 2 MP
Rear camera None 8 MP

ports

Has a headphone jack Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 515 g 384 g
Size 162.8 x 240.3 x 11.5 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 11.5 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 18 hour
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