Amazon Kindle Fire vs. Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet: Seniors and Tablets
While most seniors spend a lot of time reading and researching Medicare plans, Medigap insurance coverage, prescription drug options, and the future of social security, it’s safe to say that these are not the types of things we enjoy reading for pleasure. Like most people, we’d rather settle down and escape with a good book, catch up on the latest news with an old fashioned newspaper, check out one of our favorite movies, or spend a little time just searching the web.
Of course, these days, books come in several different forms than they used to. Many seniors (and many over the age of 30) still prefer a good paperback or hard cover to an electronic book downloaded on one of the many new forms of e-reader technology out there. However, it’s clear that the publishing business is changing and that e-books continue to grow in popularity. Now, with new tablets entering the space, seniors have the option of finding their favorite books, magazines, newspapers, movies, and websites all on one portable device.
So, if you’re ready to leave the old books behind, if you’re just looking for something that makes it possible to carry hundreds of titles when traveling without having to pack an extra suitcase, or if you want an easy way to read multiple newspapers while on the go, it’s time to compare some of the most popular e-readers out there.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire (which is more than just an e-reader) offers seniors and Americans of all ages the chance to download their favorite old books, new best sellers, a range of newspapers, magazines, and more. Likewise, Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet allows you to expand your digital library. So, which one is the right one for you? There are differences between the two, and each has its own staunch supporters. Before you lay down your money on either Amazon’s or Barnes and Noble’s product, it’s a good idea to break down the benefits and shortcomings of both. Recently, Huffington Post offered some tips on choosing the right tablet for you.
If you’re a big movie watcher and music listener, they suggest the Kindle Fire is the way to go:
“The Kindle Fire has direct access to that online Amazon store of TV shows, movies and music that can be bought straight from and downloaded straight to the tablet; with the Nook Tablet, you have to connect your device to your computer via USB cord, download movies and music elsewhere, and then drag those files from your Downloads folder to your Nook folder to put them on your device.”
However, for many of us, it’s more about reading books and not having to strain the old eyes to do so. The Huffington Post comparison ranks the Nook higher when it comes to display:
“A study by Display-Mate analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the screens on the Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet and iPad 2 found that the Nook Tablet was much, much stronger in terms of anti-reflection and glare, and in displaying a wider range of colors than the Kindle Fire.”
Before choosing one of these (or other) tablets out there, it’s a good idea to take them for a test drive. Regardless of which way you go, you will be joining the growing number of seniors who are embracing this growing technology. The folks at Amazon are doing their best to show seniors how effective a tool the Kindle Fire can be for them, highlighting the entertainment options for seniors:
“It’s not hard to see why this is great for seniors: it’s a device that can be slipped into a purse or travel bag, and allows easy access to communication and near-infinite entertainment.” (from Kindle Fire is Perfect for Seniors)
While that’s clearly marketing-speak, it does ring true. If you have a large catalog of books, songs, and music and you travel or take the train or just find yourself running around town on a regular basis, an effective tablet like Amazon’s Kindle Fire of Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet can keep you in touch with all of your entertainment and news.