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iPad vs. Kindle Fire

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Now that Amazon has announced the Kindle Fire, the inevitable questions about how it stacks up against the iPad are being raised. The Fire costs about $300 less, but has these disadvantages compared to the iPad:

• Smaller screen (7 inches compared to the iPad’s 10 inches)
• No camera or microphone
• No creative or business apps
• Limited onboard memory

The bottom line is that you want a tablet to watch movies or read books and find the iPad to be too expensive and too large to be truly portable, the Kindle Fire could be you’re best bet. If you want to edit photos, manage a spreadsheet or perform some other functional task, the iPad is probably the better choice.

Read more analysis of the iPad vs. Kindle Fire question on the MSNBC GadgetBox blog.

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Barnes and Noble Simple Touch Nook

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Simple Touch Nook from Barnes and Noble makes it easier than ever to make an e-book reader your BFF.  A long-lasting battery will power the Nook for up to two months when the Nook is used for 30-60 minutes a day without wi-fi.  Lighter than the Amazon Kindle 3 by one ounce, the Nook uses new E Ink screen technology that allows it to refresh pages faster with less flashing.  In addition, the Nook’s crisp fonts are  exceptionally easy to read.  

Barnes and Noble Nook store offers more than two million books and magazines for downloading and you can interact with friends who also use the Nook store.

The Nook Simple Touch Reader currently costs $139 on the Barnes and Noble website.  Read a complete review of the Simple Touch Nook on Gizmodo.

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Amazon Reduces Price of Kindle with Ads

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Amazon.com has just announced that it is reducing the price of its best-selling Kindle e-book reader. The discount of $25 comes with a catch – the Kindle will display special offers and screensaver ads. For $114, readers will see advertisements in screensaver mode instead of portraits of classic authors like Jules Verne and Virginia Woolf.

Other than the ads, the aptly-named Kindle with Special Offers is identical to the $139 Wi-Fi only third generation Kindle, which is the bestselling product in Amazon’s history. Consumers who buy the Kindle with Special Offers will have some control over which ad they see. They can visit the Kindle website and indicate what type of ads they want to see (humor, scenery, etc.). The e-book reader market has become very competitive between the Sony Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Apple iPad2. Some experts are predicting the Kindle’s price tag will drop below $100 by the end of the year in order to continue as a leader in the e-book field.

Read more about Kindle with Special Offers on Amazon.com.

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