Barnes and Noble introduced their latest edition of Nook series in fall 2011. However, despite being one of the cheapest tablets in the world, it could not cope with the unprecedented success of Kindle Fire. The same is expected to happen with Samsung’s latest release of Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which was released in April, 2012.
The reason for the Nook and Tab 2’s failure is twofold. One, they are at least $50 expensive than the Fire and second, they do not have Amazon’s clouding facilities.
Apple offers its users iTunes, App Store and iCloud to facilitate them with services varying from books to apps to movies to songs. Amazon tows the same line, with an ecosystem that offers a host of Android apps in addition to movies, songs and books.
Kindle started culture of e-readers with the first Kindle in 2007. This opened a Pandora ’s Box and many companies including Apple followed with their own versions of tablets. However, still Amazon leads to race with a vast book bank and a membership that is becoming a bigger threat to other technology companies by the day.
Amazon offers Prime membership to its Kindle users. The membership offers a host of different services including the most intimidating to Amazon competitors, book lending. For $79 a year Kindle users can borrow lots and lots of e-books on Kindle for free, without extra charges.
This is the most threatening to other competitors like Nook and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Although the Android app on these tablets offer the book lending services but that is not without extra charges.
If that is less frightening, than the screen quality is. Kindle Fire, despite being the cheapest among the 3, Nook Tablet, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Kindle Fire, sports the best display quality. Nook has lower resolution than Kindle Fire whereas Tab 2 7.0 has a yellow tint on the screen.
Moreover, the Fire’s textured back gives the users a firm feel while reading a book, where as Tab 2’s rounded back is more slippery to hold.
As a reader—though with a limited 8 GB storage capacity—Kindle Fire is undisputedly the winner against Nook and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.