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Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire: How The Amazon, Barnes & Noble Gadgets Compare

The Huffington Post     Jason O. Gilbert
First Posted: 11/07/11 05:39 PM ET Updated: 11/07/11 06:55 PM ET

Barnes & Noble has officially announced its Nook Tablet, and it is clear that B&N means for its new slate to compete against Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Most people will notice right off the bat that the Nook Tablet is $50 more expensive than the Kindle Fire; does it pack the power to justify that bigger price tag? Let's check it out, in a Specs Appeal showdown between the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.

Though we've left out a few of the thing that the companies claim make their tablets special -- Amazon's Silk web browser, for example, and Barnes & Noble's "World's Largest Bookstore" -- most of what you need to know is below. All of the information in this comparison comes straight from the product pages on Barnes & Noble and Amazon, respectively, so if you want to get a little more in depth, head over the pages for the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire.

The Kindle Fire hits retail stores on November 15, and the Nook Tablet will follow two days later.

Check out a comparison of the tablets' features, and vote for the device you think is the stronger offering via our QuickPoll (below).


Quick Poll

Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire?

Nook Tablet!

Kindle Fire!

Take a look at the 11 biggest features of the new Nook in the slideshow (below).

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At $249, the Nook Tablet takes a serious swipe at the iPad, whose base model is priced twice as high at $499. The Kindle Fire, meanwhile, starts at $199 but lacks some of the features that the Nook offers.