iPad, Nook, Kindle…Oi Vey

The iPad 2, Kindle Fire, and Nook Color are the main tablets on the market. You might be asking yourself “which should I choose?” It’s mostly a question of what you want to use your tablet for. The iPad offers iTunes, which includes “millions of songs, TV shows, movies and books”. The Kindle Fire comes equipped with Amazon, along with a collection of millions of TV shows, movies, and books. The Nook Color offers mainly the same thing as the Kindle Fire, except it’s linked with Barnes & Noble’s bookstore. The Kindle Fire and Nook Color cannot compete with the iPad’s huge amount of apps or its amount of storage (64GB). However, the iPad’s price increases as its amount of storage does.

To many consumers, the price differential makes up for the apps and storage differentials. The Kindle Fire is priced at $199, Nook Color is priced at $199, and the Apple iPad is $499-$829. Both the Kindle and Nook have a screen size of 7 inches. The iPad has a screen size of 9.7 inches. The specs are very similar between the Kindle and Nook, except the Nook offers expandable storage of up to 32GB in micro SD card slots. If the main purpose you’re looking for in a tablet is reading books, it boils down to company preference between Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. If you’re looking for a lot of applications and more storage, then the iPad may be for you..

The iPad 2 includes two cameras for FaceTime and HD video. It has 10 hours of battery life. It’s extremely thin at only 0.34 inches and weighs only 1.33 pounds. The Kindle Fire doesn’t include cameras. It has 8 hours of battery life while reading, and 7.5 of video playback. It is 0.45 inches thick and weighs only 14.6 ounces. The Nook Color doesn’t include cameras. It has 8 hours of battery life. Its 0.48 inches thick and weighs only 15..8 ounces.

The Kindle Fire has 8GB of on-device storage, 6GB is available for user content. The Nook Color also has 8GB of on-device storage. Both use Android operating systems. The iPad 2 has 16-64GB of on-device storage. It uses iOS for an operating system. The iPad 2 comes equipped with Bluetooth while the Kindle Fire and Nook Color do not. The iPad app store has 90,000 iPad apps. The Kindle Fire app store has 16,638. The Nook Color app store has 729..

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