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Nook Tablet v. Nook Color v. Kobo Vox v. Kindle Fire...

Updated on November 7, 2011, to reflect the release of the Nook Talbet. Price decreases of the other nooks include:

  • Nook Touch $99
  • Nook Color $199
Kindle Fire Kobo Vox Nook Color Nook Tablet
Screen 7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors 7″ AFFS+ multimedia display; 1024 x 600 resolution, Multi-touch screen with Anti-glare and exceptional +/- 89 viewing angle 7″ multi-touch display, 1024 x 600 delivering 169 pixels per inch (PPI) 7″ multi-touch display, 1024 x 600 delivering 169 pixels per inch (PPI) IPS
Weight 14.6 ounces 14.2 ounces 15.8 ounces 14.1 ounces
Processor 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core SoC, 512 RAM 800 Mhz; 512 RAM ARM Cortex-A8 processor running at 800 MHz, 512 RAM 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP4 processor, 1GB of RAM
Android OS Forked 2.3 “Gingerbread” Open 2.3 Forked Android 2.2 “Froyo” Runs 2.3 “Gingerbread” but with a BN overlay. No open access.
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0 micro, does not support ad-hoc (peer to peer) networks Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and micro USB (also does not support ad-hoc wifi networks) Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and micro USB (also does not support ad-hoc wifi networks)
Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers. Built-in speaker and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack Built-in mono speaker and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack unknown
Battery 7-8 hours, 7 hours with wifi on 7 hours 8 hours 9 hours video and 11.5 hours reading with wifi off, 4 hours with wifi on
Internal Memory 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB, but only 5GB available for storage and 4GB of that is reserved for BN purchased content 16 GB. Also some cloud storage.
External memory No, but free cloud storage for any AMZN purchases, 5 GB storage for personal documents 32 GB SD Memory Card 32 GB Micro SD Memory Card 32 GB Micro SD Memory Card
Secure Formats Kindle (AZW) EPub, but not BN purchased ePubs EPUB and PDF EPUB and PDF
Formats Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8. Books: ePUB, including fixed layout and enhanced ePUB. Images: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP Audio: MP3, AAC, .3gp, mp4, m4a, flac, ogg, wav, mid. Video Formats: 3gp, mp4, webm*It should be noted that because of the open access to the full Android marketplace, Kindle consumers can use the Vox by downloading the Kindle App EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM), PDF; Other documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX; Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP; Audio: MP3, MP4, AAC; Video: MP4 EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM), PDF; Other documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX; Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP; Audio: MP3, MP4, AAC; Video: MP4
Avaiability U.S. only. Int’l version planned U.S ship date October 28, 2011. International shipping to begin soon thereafter. U.S. only. U.S. only. Ship and in store date: November 16
Price $199 $199 $199 $249

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

68 Comments

  1. Renee Pace
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:02:27

    Thanks so much for the comparison blog. I think all these e-reader companies should give us authors turns using them we can say in our tag lines which one we endorse – lol

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  2. LG
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:11:18

    Ooh, I hope there will be a Dear Author review of the Nook Tablet.

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  3. Tori
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:13:20

    Great break down. Now please tell me which I should buy. lol

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  4. Jane
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:15:08

    @Tori: Heh. It really depends on your circumstances. I tell people that the Kobo Vox is more open, but is slower. Tech support is not as robust.

    Kindle Fire is faster, has more content and if you are a Prime member, tons of free content. Tech support is amazing.

    Nook Tablet will be faster than the Nook Color. It is closed but it also reads ePubs which is the favorite format for a lot of readers. Tech support online is horrible but the in store customer support is great.

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  5. Statch
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:42:12

    Thanks for the comparisons! I’m watching these closely…and still trying to decide if I want 7″ and portability, or 10″ so as not to have to scroll as often. One thing I’m watching for on all of these is Bluetooth support. I have Bluetooth headphones and really want to be able to prop one of these up on the kitchen counter and watch/listen to podcasts and YouTube stuff while I’m cooking.

    If Calibre had an Android app (with the functionality of the desktop software), I think I could really get one of these with a keyboard and replace my laptop.

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  6. Mireya
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:45:58

    Interesting. My Lenovo arrives on Monday, so now I am waiting for the Kindle Fire, and then am heading over to the B&N around the corner next week to see the nook tablet display to compare.

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  7. Kim
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 12:30:24

    @Jane: I still don’t own an ereader, but with the holidays coming up, I’m sure there will be a few doorbusters. The article I linked below predicts that some ereaders may be priced under $50 and a few tablets at $100. At these prices, would you pick a tablet over an ereader? I would use it mostly for books, but the tablet has so many other possibilities.

    http://money.msn.com/shopping-deals/article.aspx?post=a6517c96-9dcf-4a1d-888a-2cd989449acd&GT1=33009

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  8. Karenmc
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 12:53:30

    Jane’s right about the Kindle tech support. Leave your phone number and they call immediately, answer all questions and so far, for me, have solved my problems.

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  9. Kim
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 13:20:15

    @Jane: It looks like my comment didn’t post, so I’ll try again.

    I don’t own an ereader and have just started to look around. A few news sites are predicting that for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, some ereaders will be priced below $50 and a few tablets will be priced at $100. If these prices are correct, would a tablet be a better bet or does it still depend on the manufacturer? I will mostly use it for books, but a $99 tablet sounds like a great opportunity.

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  10. Cathy KJ
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 13:25:31

    Thanks for this helpful chart. I’ve preordered the Fire, but still going back and forth about actually getting it. I’m just not sure if I need a tablet (but boy do I want one!).

    Any tablet owners out there willing to share what they use their tablets for, and how useful it really is?

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  11. Brian
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 14:12:21

    Note that the Vox only supports DRM free ePub (and Kobo’s KePub) out of the box. It does not support Adobe DRM’d ePub’s (including library books), users will need to load Aldiko or Mantano for ADE support. According to folks from Kobo this was by design, but it sounds like they are now re-thinking that decision.

    Also the Vox does not have access to the Android Marketplace. It comes with access to the GetJar app store.

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  12. DS
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 14:19:53

    I have a viewsonic g-tablet 10.1 inches running a version of 3.0 Honeycomb: Bottle of Smoke. I also have a folio with a keyboard that connects to one of the USB ports. I use it to take notes at hearings, play games while waiting– Angry Birds is addictive– and read on one of the several apps I have, usually Kindle. I also use it to browse the web where wifi is available, read blogs or watch Netflix.

    I’m anxiously waiting for my Kindle Fire because while the 10.1 inch is nice, all that real estate isn’t necessary. It also increases the weight. I have a Kindle DX and it’s just a bit big and awkward to handle. However, I have been so spoiled by touch screens that I found myself poking at my Kindle DX screen the other day and wondering why nothing was happening.

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  13. Jane
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 15:20:24

    @Kim I think it depends on the manufacturer, warranty and CS available. A $99 Android tablet might be perfect for reading.

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  15. Andrys
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 19:39:22

    Cathy KJ,
    I have a Nook Color, and it’s just easy to pick up to do fast web browsing, a bit of email, without having to open my netbook but it allows me to enjoy web things or Nat’l Geo magazine (gorgeous on the NookColor) in any room.

    Jane,
    Wanted to add that Kindle owners globally get 5 free gigs of Amazon Cloud storage for ANY files at all and that Amazon-purchased files are stored for free and don’t count against the 5 gigs. The Amazon-purchased mp3 files stream, for U.S. residents, and though I haven’t tried it, the Amazon-purchased videos should also, on a computer or tablet.

    Kindle owners also get another 5 free gigs of KINDLE Cloud now.for personal docs (from anywhere, and that includes non-DRM’d books from other sources).

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  16. Brian
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 19:46:57

    @Andrys: Yes, Amazon purchased (and ‘free’ Prime) videos stream fine to both tablets and computers (& some TV’s or Blu-Ray players & Roku’s). As long as you have a decent internet connection that is.

    I really do wish the Fire had an SD slot. If you want a few movies locally in case you’re without WiFi a few DVD rips would basically eat up all of the Fire’s storage space.

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  17. Brian
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 19:54:00

    @Cathy KJ: I have a Nook Color (which I hardly ever use) and an Asus Transformer (reviewed here on DA) that I use a fair bit.

    I use it for quick web browsing (instead of firing up a computer), videos (streaming & local), reading PDF’s, the occasional game, occasionally for Pandora (radio) and MP3s. I used my Transformer as a cookbook the other day (pulled up the recipe online and used it from the tablets screen).

    I’ve had it come in handy quite a bit. That said I could certainly live without it, unlike my computer or my Kindle.

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  18. epubor
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 21:14:56

    Can you offer me one way to share their ebooks on one of the devices above or transfer them each to other?

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  19. Jane
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 21:47:23

    @epubor Not sure what you mean, but DRMed pubs can be read on the Nook devices and the Kobo Vox.

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  20. Brian
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 21:56:01

    DRM’d ePub’s should be readable on any of the devices, the Nook Color natively and the Vox and Fire by sideloading an app like Aldiko, Bluefire or Mantano.

    The Fire and Vox should both work with Kindle books. The Fire natively and the Vox by sideloading the Kindle app.

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  21. Andrys
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 21:57:55

    Brian,
    Thanks for that first-hand info.

    If I know I’d want to play some movies outside of WiFi range but didn’t want to depend on WiFi I’d delete some tablet videos already seen because my Cloud area would still hold them for future rewatching (and I can get them back when wanted) and then move other movie files over to the tablet from the computer. Yes, nice to have them on an SD card or USB memory stick.

    The iPad has no USB port but does have a slot that can be used with an adapter to make USB and SD card transfers easy. $30. Wish they’d done that for the Kfire.

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  22. nobodhi
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 08:27:25

    i have a very narrow focus for which maybe someone can assist me here

    i am looking for a portable reading device for only these two reasons …

    (1) so as to transfer & read text from websites (cut & paste from website body? access website via reading device?), and to read .pdfs, and word attachments that come to me via email and websites … and
    (2) to read books available at books.google.com

    i own a mac
    and that’s it

    so what’s my options here ?

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  23. Evangeline Holland
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 08:59:58

    The main deal breaker is content. Amazon breaks its neck to provide exclusive content and deals for Kindle owners. As much as I love ePUB, owning my Sony has left me out in the cold for too long, and B&N just hasn’t committed itself to content to the extent Amazon has. Plus, the Kindle Fire runs on Android platform, which kicks the Nook Color’s advantage to the curb.

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  24. Glow
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 13:37:29

    I assume the Nook app can be installed on the Vox to enable reading of B&N DRM content?

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  25. Jane
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 14:01:38

    @Glow Yes. You’ll need to find the stand alone apk by googling nook + apk.

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  26. nobodhi
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 14:56:59

    am still in the dark here … am not interested in reading books just websites & .pdf / .doc attachments … rather than buy a portable computer … would a document reader be the way to go … if so, which brand/model … ?

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  27. Brian
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 17:23:16

    @nobodhi:
    Are you wanting to read websites offline? If so copy and paste would be an option I suppose. Otherwise there’s Instapaper which can be a handy resource. If the device will have a WiFi connection then you could just read using the devices browser (or one of the third party browsers that can be installed).

    Google books stuff can be read in browser or using their books app (on both Android or iPad).

    For emailed PDFs or .docs if the device doesn’t come pre-installed with a PDF viewer and Office suite there are plenty of apps available to install.

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  28. Brian
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 17:25:25

    Also, while I’ve found a 7″ screen Ok for PDFs I’ve found a 10″ screen to be my preference.

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  29. Suzanna Medeiros
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 17:50:39

    I just picked up a Kobo Vox and am loving it so far. Being in Canada, though, that’s my only choice for a tablet eReader. The Fire would be useless for us here anyway since we can’t access any of Amazon’s apps/videos/music, etc. The only thing I can download from Amazon is Kindle books, and I can install the Kindle app on my Vox for that. If I was in the U.S. I’d probably go for the Nook just because I like having the SD card slot.

    And yes, from what I can see the official Android Marketplace can’t be accessed with the Kobo Vox. You can, however, access pretty much any other Android marketplace out there (apktop, slideme are two I’ve tried) and you can sideload apks as well. Overall, I’m happy with my purchase.

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  30. nobodhi
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 22:07:51

    thanx especially for the tip about Instapaper, Brian

    ¿ so what device(s) comes with 10″ screen ?
    —– nook(s)?

    the comparison chart above seems to list all 7″ screens …

    ( i wonder too, can a reading device display in landscape rather than portrait mode … horizontal rather than vertical ) ….

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  31. Brian
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 23:37:00

    @nobodhi: The ones listed above are all 7″ devices. Any 10″er is going to be more of a general tablet, there are tons out there (to many to mention). The Viewsonic G-Tab doesn’t look too bad for a less expensive device or there’s the Motorola Xoom, Asus Transformer (I reviewed that here on DA), Acer Iconia and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which are more expensive. There’s of course the iPad which is a 9’7″ screen and there have been some pretty good deals on reburbed (with full waranty) iPad 1′s direct from Apple.

    That’s not to say a 7″ won’t do the job for you, it’s a personal preference thing. What I’d do if you have something nearby that sells tablets and readers (in the US; Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, etc.) is go take a look and play with them hands on if you can.

    As far as horizontal .vs verticle it generally depends on the app being used to read from more than it does on any individual device. Off the top of my head the PDF readers and office suites I’ve tried all work in bother orientations, but I’m not 100% sure that’s true for all of them.

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  32. Brian
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 23:38:59

    @Suzanna Medeiros: Good to hear, it appears to be a pretty good device (similar in specs to the Nook Color). I pre-ordered a Vox the first day they were announced, but it still hasn’t shipped. I’m hoping it gets here soon.

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  33. Anne Droyd
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 00:17:20

    @Evangeline Holland: Nooks run android.

    @Jane Great comparison chart. An interesting statement made by @ReneePace, whether she did it in jest or not. Should authors endorse Ereaders from the Big Guys? Amazon, Barnes, Sony, or Kobo.

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  34. Statch
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 07:27:04

    ebookreader.com has a note saying that the Lenova IdeaPad A1 can be preordered from Amazon for $199. I didn’t see anything saying when it would be available. I’m intrigued by it because it has Bluetooth and a microSD slot for that price, though apparently the processor is slower than the Kindle Fire’s. It’s great to see competition in this market.

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  35. nobodhi
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 10:03:46

    yr a font of expert info brian thanx

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  36. Brian
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 10:11:49

    @Statch: Yes, the A1′s processor is single core instead of dual-core on the Fire. Good price Amazon has since it looks like it’s for the 16GB version which has a retail of $249 (even the 2GB version was raised to $229). It certainly looks like it’ll be a decent device.

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  37. Sophia (FV)
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 10:22:51

    Oh thanks for this. I’ve already made my decision and pre-ordered my Kindle Fire, but I love seeing the side by side comparison. You tempt me to get both tablets. Shhh don’t tell.

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  38. nobodhi
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 21:27:44

    ¿ any comment about viability of HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 16 GB 9.7-Inch Tablet, now that it’s discontinued … ?

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  39. Brian
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 22:44:04

    @nobodhi: Just make sure you can get the apps you’d want for it, because without apps it’s going to be of limited use.

    HP has made some statements to the effect that WebOS might not be as dead as folks were led to believe. They recently offered a deal on Touchpads to developers to try and get them to write more apps.

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  41. Judy
    Nov 08, 2011 @ 09:34:42

    I have a dyslexic child. Do any of these tablets offer an audible reading option? It would make a huge difference in enabling her to absorb what she reads.

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  42. Jane
    Nov 08, 2011 @ 09:40:18

    @Judy: I believe the Kindle fire does but it only allows it on books that the publisher has enabled audio. There was a big huge kerfuffle when Kindle introduced the audible reading feature. Authors Guild came out and said that it was a violation of authors’ rights.

    More here: http://dearauthor.com/ebooks/author-frequently-asked-questions-regarding-text-to-speech-functionality

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  43. Andrys
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 22:29:43

    Something happened to my reply to Jane. Probably an Internet burp.
    There is a law which requires that publishers must offer a text-to-speech version if proof is shown that this is required to be able to “read” en e-book. I offered to get details if wanted…

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  45. Jennifer Altman
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 12:17:55

    Thanks for the break down, however, you do not mention PDF in the kobo section. I have the original kobo and it takes PDF, I was told the Vox did as well, do you have other information on this? Thank you! And I love that you mention Kindle on the Vox…didn’t think of that! That’s great, makes it pretty versatile in my opinion!

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  46. Jane
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 12:24:38

    @Jennifer Altman: The Kobo Vox, as shipped, does not read PDFs. you will need to either download a PDF reader from the GlueJar app market or side load an app like Aldiko. (sideloading means downloading an app to your computer, connecting the vox via USB, and then installing the app onto the Vox)

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  48. Jennifer Altman
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 15:35:40

    @Jane thanks for the info, b/c yeah I def need it to read PDF, that’s an important feature for me.

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  49. Lynn
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:05:08

    Greetings. Any recommendations about the “easiest to use” ereaders? Thinking of getting one for a person who is not comfortable with technology. I’ve read some comparisons. Sounds like I should stick with e-ink (and avoid color). I also read that the kindle is speedier. Not sure if that’s changed with newer models. Finally, someone told me that to date, magazines on ereaders–even color readers/tablet types–leave something to be desired. Would it be worth going “color” for magazines, or do we still have a ways to go on that? Any info/opinions are welcome. Thanks!

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  50. Jane
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:15:21

    @Lynn: If the primary use is books, then probably the eink Kindle touch or nook touch. If you want to read magazines, you will want one of the tablets. Magazines aren’t great at the 7″ size and if you are a true magazine aficionado you might want to look at the iPad.

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  51. Brian
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 18:16:52

    I’d agree. A 10″ tablet (not necessarily an iPad although it probably does have a better aspect ratio for mags) would be the way to go for heavy magazine use.

    For books the Kindle tends to be the one most non-tech folks I know like the best although the touch may or not be the model of choice as some folks have trouble with touch screens and might prefer buttons.

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  52. wade2121
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 23:54:51

    Thank you so much for these comparisons and reviewing ereaders. It’s really helpful.

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  53. Jill Christensen
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 15:00:19

    I think that is a splendid idea, Renee!
    Jill
    @Renee Pace:

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  54. Becca
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 11:16:45

    hi Jane,
    I really want one of these for christmas but I’m not sure which one is right for me. I am 12 years old so like being able to play games on it but im also a big reader(not crazy but you know). Also, I want one that you can watch movies… does any of them not include that feature? Do you know which one would most likely be my best bet?

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  55. Becca
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 17:47:30

    @Becca: Jane?

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  56. Jane
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 17:58:30

    @Becca: Both devices allow you to watch movies but for Nook Tablet, only through Netflix and HuluPlus. For the Kindle Fire, you can access movies through Netflix, HuluPlus and the Amazon Instant Movies/TVs.

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  57. Becca
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 16:41:43

    @Jane: Is the amazon instant movies free?

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  58. Jane
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 16:49:14

    @Becca There are some videos that are free if you are a prime member but others cost 2.99 for rental.

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  59. Becca
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 16:53:21

    Hi Jane again,
    um this isnt about your website or anything but you just seem like a really nice person so I just wanted to say hi and thankyou for anwsering all of my questions(:

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  60. Nigel
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 14:40:34

    Hi i would like to get an e reader but not sure which one, i would like an e ink type as they seem easier on the eyes when reading but feel that they have all missed a trick by not having a backlight switch for reading in the dark or am i the only person to read in bed when my wife wants to sleep.

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  61. Statch
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 15:34:16

    For the Kindle, you can buy a cover (from Amazon) that has a built-in little light. You just pull out the light when you want to use it. (Search for ‘lighted Kindle cover’ on Amazon. The others may have something similar; I’m just only familiar with the Kindle one.

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  62. Nigel
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 15:43:14

    I have seen various clip on lights for the kindle and the Kobo but a backlit version would be better.

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  63. Jodi
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 12:40:15

    Hi people:

    I am looking at getting one of these for Christmas, but not sure which one to get. I am deciding between the Nook color and the Kobo Vox. I live in Canada, I will be mostly downloading books, renting from the library, I like the idea of the apps because I have a 5 year old who could also benefit from it. I also heard that one of them had an app or something that helped children learn to read? Is this true? that would be another plus for me.

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  64. Jane
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 12:57:50

    @Jodi: The Kobo Vox doesn’t read Adobe ePub (library books) out of the box. You would have to download and install a separate app like Mantano or Aldiko or Bluefire (which are both great apps).

    The Nook Color, however, does read Adobe ePub without the installation of extra applications.

    As for helping children to read? I’m not sure about the efficacy of any programs for either device. I know that Nook Color has a way to record you reading a book to your child, however.

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  65. Brian
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 13:41:37

    @Jodi: In addition to Jane’s comments I’ll just add that for someone from outside the US the Vox is likely to be easier to add apps to as to the best of my knowledge only US customers are able to use B&N’s store (for books too for that matter). There may be a way to use VPN to fool B&N’s site into thinking you’re in the US, but I haven’t looked into it. To add apps to the Nook Color (as opposed to the Nook Tab) other than those from B&N you need to be willing to either root the device or add a custom ROM (custom version of Android). The Vox allows you to add apps from other sources without doing this.

    Hardware wise the Color and the Vox are pretty similar and both work quite well as a reader (although they’re a little underpowered if you plan to do a lot of video streaming as well).

    As far as apps that teach reading I’m not aware of any. Both do offer ‘read along’ books for kids although I’m not sure how many books they offer nor what the prices are like.

    If you have a Chapters Indigo nearby they should have the Vox available for you to try hands on so you can make sure this type of device is right for you.

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  66. Brian
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 14:52:39

    @Jodi: There is a company/developer called ‘intellijoy’ that appears to make some learn to read type apps. They do offer their apps in the B&N appstore for the Nook not sure where else they’re available (besides the official Android Market, but neither device has that out of the box).

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  68. gdeboer
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 13:59:37

    I use to own a Kindle 3G until it was stolen. So, I am in the market but not sure which route to get. I live in Canada and I did love the Kindle. I am thinking of going the Kindle Fire route but want to make sure I can continue to access my books as in the past and I want access to wifi for internet and emails. Plus I like the apps option. I realize from the conversations happening, that Canadians are limited in apps. But is there still places we can download apps in Canada for the Kindle Fire. Are there any other Canadians that have the Kindle Fire…what are your thoughts on it?

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