Barnes & Noble Nook vs Apple iPad (2021) comparison

Both the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Apple iPad are fantastic devices for reading eBooks. But in a Nook vs iPad comparison, which one would be better and why? Let’s start and review our two contenders right now.

Nook vs iPad Comparison

While the Nook does offer a couple of higher-end features, including a built-in music player and the ability to digitally lend books, it is intended to be used primarily as an eReader. And, as an eBook reader, it is among the best and most popular devices on the market.

The Apple iPad, however, is more closely relatable to a computer than an eBook reader. Because it is more a computer than an eReader, the iPad offers advanced functions more typical of what your laptop can do. Of course, this advanced feature set comes at an…advanced price.

When examined through the lens of a site aimed at eReaders, however, the Apple iPad falls short of some dedicated eBook readers in important areas — and these areas must be closely weighed against the iPad’s advanced functionalities.

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Nook vs iPad: Advanced features

Advanced features: The many advanced features the iPad is equipped with go well beyond the scope of this eReader-focused comparison.

Suffice to say that while the Barnes and Noble device offers a couple of enhancements for an eBook reader including an audio player and the ability to lend eBooks to friends, the Apple’s machine boasts all the functionality of an iPhone or iPod Touch and more.

The iPad cannot lend books.

Nook versus iPad: Display

Display: The iPad has a huge and vibrant 9.7-inch touchscreen display. Also, its display is great for watching movies, browsing the web, viewing pictures — and any other activity that would be an enjoyable experience on a laptop.

Because of the nature of the display, though, extended periods of viewing can cause eye strain.

The B&N ereader uses e-ink display technology, and the text on the screen looks just like it would on paper.

Readers will be able to read much longer using the Kindle’s display and will be able to view the screen just as easily in direct sunlight (like a paper book) while the iPad’s display will become washed out in the sun.

Which one has better Battery Life: Nook or iPad?

Battery life: The Apple device will get up to 10 hours of battery life. For a tablet device, 10 hours is a hefty bi of use.

When compared to dedicated eReaders like the Barnes and Noble device, Apple’s device gets only a fraction of the usage time (time actually reading) as the Nook.

With its wireless radio switched off (3G and WiFi off), the BarnesNoble device can get up to two weeks of reading time — and up to 4 days with wireless on.

Which one has more Storage space: iPad or Nook?

Storage space: Depending on the Apple model, users have either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage space.

This is plenty for millennia of reading material, and days of music listening, movie watching, photo viewing, and beyond. In comparison, the BarnesNoble e-reader has only 2GB of storage space.

Again, this is enough to keep you reading for a very, very long time, but limited space for music (of course, it does not play video). Apple’s device does not support expandable memory of any kind, while the B&N device does support microSD cards for added storage space.


Wireless: The BarnesNoble device provides free 3G wireless either using AT&T’s 3G network. This means users can download reading material from anywhere with wireless coverage. There’s no monthly fee associated with the device.

Every Apple model has WiFi, meaning that anywhere within the range of wireless network users can browse the web, download content, and more. Aple device is equipped with a 3G radio which cost an additional $130, and require a monthly fee if users opt to use AT&T’s 3G network.

Web browser

Web browser: As of the latest firmware update, the Barnes and Noble device now has a built-in web browser.

The browser will provide basic functionality using the Nook’s color touchscreen display to navigate a web page. Of course, Apple machine offers a far more advanced web browser and browsing experience.

How much does a Nook or Ipad cost?

Price: The Apple’s tablet is a computer more than it is an eReader. As you can imagine, the device in turn also has a price tag well above its eReader competition because it is closer on the gadget scale to a tablet computer. You can see the price for both devices on

Final Verdict

Barnes and Noble sell the second most bought ebook readers on the market today. Many consumers want to know the latest product on the shelf and which Nook is the best to buy. Others are simply comparing usability and looking for the best e-reader to buy overall.

Comparatively, the B&N Tablet stacks up well against many of the competitors. Doing well in price, functionality, and speed compared to other ebook readers turned tablets you can buy.

All in all, the BarnesNoble Tablet has a large app and content library along with a superior system and up to date operating platform, Android 2.3. It offers more flexibility for e readers looking to buy books or music with additional multimedia options.

Last update on 2021-12-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API