Amazon’s Kindle 2 and Barnes & Noble’s Nook 3G + WiFi are so similar it may be difficult to decide which one is better. Both are upgraded versions of their predecessors, the Kindle and the Nook. But price reductions announced in June have rekindled the battle of the e-readers.
This is a my comparisons of the Kindle 2 and the Nook 3G + WiFi.
Other than price there very few differences between the two. Both are slim in design and light weight; the Kindle is 8 x 5.3 inches and .36 inches in width and
weighs a mere 10.2 ounces. The Nook at 7×7 x 4.9 inches in size and .05 inches thick weighs in at just over 12 ounces.
Packed in it’s small size, the Nook can access Wi-Fi free at any AT&T hotspot and every Barnes & Noble bookstores. Play games, upload photos, and listen to music while reading are all available through the Nook 3G + Wi-Fi. The Nook also offers a color touch screen keypad. The Kindle has a built in keypad and doesn’t offer a color screen. The Kindle is limited to its own 3G network through Sprint. But only the Kindle 2 offers text to speech so the Kindle can read books to you.
Both support PDF files and super fast book downloads. There are over 600,000 free titles in the Kindle bookstore as well as newspapers and magazines that can be accessed for a price. The Kindle holds about 1,500 titles. The Nook has a much larger title selection, 1,000,000 titles, and offers an expandable Micro SD slot. Downloaded titles can also be shared between Nook users.
As of June 21, the Barnes and Noble dropped the price of the Nook 3G + WiFi from $249 to $199. The Kindle now costs $189.
For information about the features of the Kindle 2 and the Nook read Dan Costa’s June 21, 2010, review from PC Magazine at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2354648,00.asp. Dan goes into more detail about the technical specs of each e-reader. More information can also be found at Barnes & Noble’s product web site, www.Nook.com. Visit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015T963C/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=6047063831&ref=pd_sl_blfqbr1gd_e to learn more about the Kindle 2.