Quality

 ipad 2/New iPad

iPad Mini

Kindle Fire

Nook Color

Nexus 7

Nexus 10

Comments

Size

9.5 x 7.31 in

7.9 x 5.3

7.5 x 4.7 in

8.1 x 5 in

7.8 x 4.7 in

10.3 x 6.9in

Nook/Kindle/Nexus devices are roughly ½ the size of the iPad.                

Weight

1.33/1.44 lbs

0.68 lbs

0.91 lbs

0.99 lbs

0.74 lbs

1.25 lbs

Kindle feels 'bulkier' than Nook & Nexus.

Thickness

0.34 in/0.37 in

0.28 in

0.45 in

0.48 in

0.41 in

0.35 in

Beveled edges on iPad make it sleek but slippery.

Speakers

Mono

Stereo

Mono

Mono

Mono

Stereo

No external volume control buttons on Kindle.

Base Cost

$399/$499

$329

$199

$169

$199

$399

Nook Color recently dropped price. Ipad 2 now $100 off.

Screen Size

9.7 in

7.9 in

7 in

7 in

7 in

10 in

Ipad 1 & 2 have screens that are very hard to read in bright light (glare issues). New iPad screen is comparable to Nook & Kindle screens, usable outdoors but not in direct light. None are comparable to reduced eye-strain of black & white-only e-ink readers.

Screen Resolution

768x1024 (2)

2048x1536 (new)

768x1024

600X1024

600X1024

 800x1280

2650 x 1600

All 3 have multi-touch, capacitive screens. *The new iPad's resolution is the highest available of any consumer product

 Camera

Front & Back

(720p/1080p)

Front & Back (1080p)

None

None

1.2mp Front Facing

Front & Back

1080p

The “new” iPad's camera is particularly nice for taking videos despite device size.

 Battery Life

10 hours

10 hours

8 hours*

8 hours

8 hours

7 hours

Kindle battery would run down when not used regularly – wifi runs it down, possibly? Nook/iPad held charge.

Connectivity

Wifi +3G/Wifi +4G

Wifi + 4G

Wifi only

Wifi only

WiFi + 4G

WiFi

Verizon/ATT service available by the month for iPad.

Navigation

Great

Great

Good

Good

Great

Great

All three have unique setups but once users are familiar with them, they are easy to use. Web browsing is functional on Kindle/Nook but feels more like extra large phone.

Charger

Standard for iOS

Lightning
iOS

Standard Micro USB

Non-Standard Micro USB

Standard Micro USB

Standard Micro USB

Don't loose your nook charger! Standard micro usb chargers will fit, but won't charge.

Maps/GPS Navigation

Good Maps, but GPS Navigation requires expensive 3rd party add apps

Not Tested

None

None

Great Maps & GPS Turn by Turn Navigation

Great Maps & GPS Turn by Turn Navigation

The Nexus 7 Tablet really shines for mapping functionality. It has the ability to store maps on the device so navigation works without being connected to the network. The nexus 7 also comes with 3d maps and google earth flyovers of beautiful places. Making it a particularly good tool for learning about the world geography.

Voice Recognition

None

Good

None

None

Good

Good

The Nexus 7/10 allows you to dedicate e-mails if you speak slowly and clearly. All apps have voice recognition built in as part of the keyboard.

Book Shopping*

 - Quality

 - Quantity

-Prices

 - Discoverability

ibooks App

Quality: 3.5/5

Quantity: 2/5

Prices: 3/5

Discovery: 1/5

ibooks App

Quality: 3.5/5

Quantity: 2/5

Prices: 3/5

Discovery: 1/5

Kindle App

Quality: 5/5

Quantity: 5/5

Prices: 4/5

Discovery: 4/5

Nook App

Quality: 5/5

Quantity: 5/5

Prices: 3/5

Discovery: 4/5

Google Play
Quality: 5/5
Quantity: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Discovery: 2/5

Google Play
Quality: 5/5
Quantity: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Discovery: 2/5

*iPad users and Nexus 7/10 users can access book markets through the Nook & Kindle apps available for iOS and Google play.

App Shopping

 - Quality

 - Quantity

-Prices

 - Discoverability

Quality: 5/5

Quantity: 5/5

Prices: 5/5

Discovery: 3/5

Quality: 5/5

Quantity: 5/5

Prices: 5/5

Discovery: 3/5

Quality: 4/5

Quantity: 3/5

Prices: 4/5

Discovery: 4/5

Quality: 3.5/5

Quantity: 2/5

Prices: 3/5

Discovery: 4/5

Quality: 3/5

Quantity: 4/5
Prices: 3.5/5
Discovery: 2/5

Quality: 3/5

Quantity: 4/5
Prices: 3.5/5
Discovery: 2/5

App selection is quite small for Nook. Kindle app market is much smaller than massive iOS market, but still quite nice. Prices tend to be higher on Nook & Kindle for similar apps. Free content for iOS may offset the initial price difference between devices for   heavy app users.

Educational App Selection for Kids

5/5


5/5

2.5/5*

1.5/5**

3/5

3/5

*Selection for educational apps is growing nicely for Kindle but still more games. **Nook app market is very limited overall.

% of Digital-Storytime* book apps available

100%*

100%

18%

16%

15%

15%

*Of 485 reviewed book apps for iOS devices, nearly 20% percent were also available for Nook & Kindle. By comparison, the Android Market had only 8% of these titles available.

Overall Value for Adults

5/5

4.5/5

4/5

3/5

5/5

5/5

Adults may prefer the larger screen of the iPad for videos and games, but the Kindle & Nook offer very nice alternatives to the pricier iPad for those looking primarily for a color e-reader.

Overall Value for Kids

5/5


5/5

3.5/5

3/5

2.5/5*

2.5/5*

All platforms offer a variety of videos, books and games for kids & the collections are growing fast. The lower cost of the Nook, Nexus & Kindle somewhat balances out against the higher cost of content for both devices, especially for kids content.
* Google
play has more content that is inappropriate for kids than any of the other markets.