These tablets are strikingly similar in terms of dimensions. The Kindle Fire is a pinch smaller and thinner, but not by a lot. Interestingly, the Nook Tablet is actually a bit lighter (14.1 ounces to the Fireís 14.6). This could be due to the plastic used for the bezel. That little hook on the corner may help shave off those fractions of an ounce too.

Assuming itís the same material as the original Nook Color (it appears so), the bezel of the Nook Tablet will have a somewhat flimsy feel to it, and could actually bend back and forth a little. The Kindle Fire will handle more like a Blackberry Playbook or a first generation Galaxy Tab, meaning it will have a more unified, solid feel.

Speaking of the Nook Color, the Nook Tablet looks almost identical to its predecessor. Despite being slightly thinner and lighter, a lighter-colored plastic is about the only difference you will see here. Whether thatís a plus or a minus will come down to your taste.

Both tablets should make for easy one-handed reading and browsing. While many prefer the larger 9.7 inch screen of the iPad, these smaller slates do have that advantage of being a little easier to hold.

While they arenít composed of the exact same parts, these two devices have displays that look identical on paper. Aside from minor differences, they should look similar to the eyes as well. If youíve ever seen a Nook Color, then expect to see something nearly identical on both of these models.

If 169 pixels per inch sounds low compared to the 300+ppi that weíre seeing on high-end smartphones, remember that tablets are generally going to be held a little farther away than phones. For example, the original iPad and iPad 2 only have 132 pixels per inch, and you donít hear many complaints about their displays looking pixelated. There are factors to consider other than density, but you generally wonít need as many pixels per inch on a tablet for images and text to look sharp.

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