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TheDane

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11-16-2011 09:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question nook kindle

I’m thinking about adding a tablet to my tech arsenal, and am debating between Barnes & Nobles’s NOOK Tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

I’m not going to do any heavy-duty lifting … just need something I can stash on the table by my easy chair that I can browse the web, do email with, and read an occasional book or two.

Both are new … priced at $199 and $249 … I would be interested in any thoughts or recommendations.

I know some people will suggest an iPad … but I want to focus on the Kindle and the NOOK.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"


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#1 posted 11-17-2011 12:14 AM

I don’t know much about either one… the Amazon Touch is what I would like…
Here, you can keep up with Reviews on the Kindle Fire FWIW

Looks like there are a few building up… 4 out of 5 Stars with 537 Reviews at this time.

Good Luck…

Let us know what you decide on & WHY… OK?

Thank you…

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 12:48 AM

The one thing that concerns me about the NOOK doesn’t really have anything to do with the device, but rather with Barnes & Noble itself.

There have been persistent rumors about financial problems (ala Borders). The fact that they offer “free NOOK support in-store” won’t mean much if the store in the local mall goes dark.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 01:14 AM

I’ve been looking at the Kindle Fire, too.
I think your concerns about B&N is valid.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 01:24 AM

I know this may be an unwelcome opinion, but I have had my I-pad for over a year and I think it is great. Yes, it costs more than the other options, but the technology is so impressive.

I spend at least 2 hours a day on my I-pad in the comfort of my recliner.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 01:26 AM

From what i’ve read about the Fire, it seems like it is mainly positioned to be a content delivery device for Amazon products, and not really a tablet. If you are in the habit of renting Amazon videos, downloading mp3s, or buying or borrowing books from the Kindle store then the Fire sounds like it fits right in for those kinds of activities.
I’ve used a friends’ Nook that he “rooted” and it was a nice device. The B&N interface was gone, so I can’t comment on the usefulness of it.

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 01:28 AM

Rich—I understand where you are coming from, and I don’t want to turn this into an Apple-bashing thread.

I will never own anything made by Apple.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 01:28 AM

I have a B&N Nook for reading. I have a Dell Netbook for the surfing the web in the easy chair, and it also runs google sketchup, MS office, etc. I have an old laptop for the workshop, a nice new laptop for travel or when I want more power on the go than the Netbook will offer, and I have a desktop media PC in the office for video editing, etc.

I think I need every one of those options. But if I was only doing light computing and internet, and had to choose ONE of them, it would be the Netbook, hands down…

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 01:35 AM

Full Disclosure—I am in the software business (my company does Windows and some Unix), so I have plenty of computing hardware (right now, there are six Windows XP and Windows 7 machines in the house … three desktops, 2 notebooks, and a netbook).

A NOOK Tablet or Kindle Fire would just be an added convenience.

And, despite my age, I am a bit of a gadget junkie.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 11-17-2011 04:15 AM

I got my wife a Fire for Christmas.

Yes it is an Amazon content delivery device just as the iPad is an Apple content delivery device.

You still get a lot more choice with Amazon.

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#10 posted 11-17-2011 04:20 AM

Whatever you get resolve to yourself that it’s obsolete in 8-12 months. Things are happening so fast in the tablet and handheld market that no matter what you get there’ll be something better and cheaper by then and new applications won’t necessarily run on what you have.

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#11 posted 11-17-2011 04:58 AM

Jeff—You are so correct. That’s why Apple isn’t saying much about the iPhone 5 … they’re afraid of killing sales for the 4s … they need to come out with a new phone at least once a year to maintain the cash flow.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 11-17-2011 04:51 PM

I’m with you on being a gadget junkie, Gerry.

I’ve been thinking about a tablet of some kind, and wondering how handy it would come in for work. I need to stay in email contact when I travel, and hauling a full-sized laptop around is a PITA. But I’m not sure I’d use it for enough other things to justify the expense.

Another thing I wonder about is that everything I do is Windows-based. iPads seem to get the best reviews, but I keep thinking that I want a tablet that will play nicely with the rest of my tech world. Or is that a non-issue?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 11-17-2011 04:59 PM

I’d go with the Kindle Fire. Bought my Mom one. She loves it.

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TheDane

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#14 posted 11-17-2011 05:08 PM

Charlie—When I travel, I carry a Win7 notebook. It is a bit hefty, but has the tools installed that I need to do customer support as well as business docs and email.

Christmas Night last year, I was at my daughter’s house (200+ miles from home) when I got a call that a customer’s server had crashed due to a power outage. When it came back up, one of our application databases was corrupted and their system was effectively down.

I pulled my Dell notebook out of the bag, fired it up on her kitchen table, and in a minute or two logged into a server 4-thousand miles away. I downloaded the corrupted database, ran diagnostics and repair operations on it on my notebook, then restored the repaired databases and re-initialized their system. Total downtime: about 35 minutes.

At this writing, there is no tablet device (Apple, Android, etc.) that is capable of doing what I had to do that night.

So for me, a NOOK or a Fire would just be a convenience. I would probably carrying it in one of the pockets in my notebook bag when I travel.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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TheDane

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#15 posted 11-17-2011 05:16 PM

Al—That’s kind of the direction I am leaning.

The only advantage in the NOOK (AFAICS) is the larger RAM (8GB of internal memory) vs. the NOOK’s 16GB. The NOOK also is expandable with an SD card, but I’m not sure that would tip the scales.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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