Cozy up to a Kindle or Settle into the Nook? THAT is the question!

For the past several years, I have toyed with the idea of purchasing an eReader of some sort. Yet, because I’m not a big fan of phasing out “real” printed books, I’ve hesitated. Some of my family swear the Kindle is the best, while others insist the Nook is better. So the question remains, which of these two is the better eReader?

To answer that, I looked up the specs for the Kindle Touch and the Nook Simple Touch. Each make bold claims about being the lightest, fastest, and a host of other attributes. In order for me to make my decision on which I believe offers the best product, I need to do an item by item comparison. The following lists detail how they stack up to one another:

The Same or Similar Features:

Kindle Touch Nook Simple Touch
-7.5 oz., 6” screen -7.5 oz., 6” screen
-$99 (w/ads), $139 (w/o ads) -$99 (“No annoying ads”)
-Get books in 60secs with built in WiFi. -Simply claims to download in “seconds”.
-Borrow books from your local Library -Can do the same
-EasyReach touch technology, tap to turn pages. -Can do the same
-Read (even) in bright sunlight -Boasts “Best Text” and says no glare.
-600×800 pixel resolution, 16-level gray scale -Same
-Over 1 million titles to choose from. -Over 2.5 million titles to choose from.
-800,000 books $9.99 and under. -“Most $9.99 or less”
-Free out-of-copyright books (pre-1923) -Didn’t specify, but probably can get too.
-Free book samples -Free samples as well.
-Free wireless book delivery -Didn’t specify, but probably the same.
-WiFi AT&T hot spots access -Same
-Ready to use right out of box with QuickStart Guide -Also, has a QuickStart Guide.
-Adjustable text size. -Same
-Similar feature to Nook -Share content with friends with LendMe.
-Wide selection of accessories -Wide selection of accessories
-Charge with USB microConnector or wall outlet. -Ditto
-Supported Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, & BMP -Supported Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, & BMP
-Xray feature, look up characters, historical figures, and interesting facts. -Similar feature.

The Biggest Differences:

-4GB memory, holds up to 3,000 titles -2GB memory, holds up to 1,000 titles with expandable memory card opt. up to 32 GB.
-2 month battery life from single charge with WiFi off and 1/2 hour daily reading. -2 month battery life from single charge w/ WiFi off and 1 hour daily reading.
-Battery charges in approx. 4 hrs. with USB connector through your computer. -Battery charges in approx. 3 1/2 hrs. with USB connector through computer.
-Supports Text-to-Speech, Audiobooks, MP3 -No Audio
-3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear mounted speakers -Nope
-Amazon Prime members choose from thousands of books to borrow for free. -Not that I saw. (other than the Public Library)
-Online Tech Support from Amazon.com -Free In-Store Tech Support at Barnes & Noble.
-Frustration free packaging. -No such boast.
-Free Cloud back up. “Never worry about losing” books -Doesn’t say.
-1 yr. Limited warranty -Didn’t specify.
-Email PDFs and personal documents to Kindle -Not sure.
-Supported Documents: AZW, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, and DOCX. -ePUB and PDF
-Supported Audio: AA, AAX, and MP3 -None
-Whispersync allows for “Buy once, Read” on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Mac, PC, or web browser with their free Kindle Reading Apps. -Syncs with smartphone and computer.
-Didn’t say. -Webster’s Dictionary loaded on the Nook
-Not sure. -Create/personalize your library with pictures, shelves, and bookmarks.
-micro USB port, not sure about SD slot. -Has both, micro USB port and SD slot.

This information has helped to make my final decision easier. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the Kindle’s features! I don’t care about the ads or the 1/2 hour differences on battery charging/life, would like the audio option and the document options. Plus, the warranty and free Cloud back up are bonuses.

I’m sold! 😀

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2 thoughts on “Cozy up to a Kindle or Settle into the Nook? THAT is the question!

  1. Thanks! 😀 I actually made the table in a spreadsheet and copy/pasted it over from that. To be honest, it took me hours to figure out how to get it to transfer into my post properly! It was extremely frustrating!

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