It’s not so easy just to walk into an electronics store, grab the eBook reader device of your choice, and have a nice day. With all of the different brands and types of eBook reading devices out there, it may take some time and some research to figure out which one of the many eBook reader devices suits your needs the most. To narrow things down a bit, there are three of most popular and widely-used eBook readers to consider. The Kindle Fire, the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet, and the Apple iPad 2 tend to be the most sought after eBook reader devices, so let’s see what makes them different, or better, from one another.

The Kindle Fire has a 7” multi-touch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi and 16 million colours. The Fire also has no system requirements, since it has wireless capabilities for public and private Wi-Fi networks. Inside, there are 8GB (approximately 6GB available for user content). That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. The battery life will last for up to 8 hours, and it can be fully charged in just 4 hours. All this and more, and it’s priced under USD $200.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet is another candidate priced under USD $200. The Nook also has a 7” screen display and specifications that are almost identical to the Kindle Fire, but the Nook Tablet stands out with its extra long battery life. The battery life of the Nook will go for 11.5 hours (3.5 hours longer than the Kindle Fire), and it only takes 3 hours to fully recharge (1 hour less than the Kindle Fire).

If you’re looking for something that has more, but costs more, then the iPad 2 may be the best choice. Starting at USD $399 (twice as much as the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet) the iPad2 offers a larger 9.7 inch (diagonal) LED-backlit screen with 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi. The iPad 2 also comes with twice as much memory with 16 GB, or you can purchase an optional 32 and 64 GB system for a higher price. The iPad 2 is just shy of the Nook Tablet with a battery life of up to 10 hours. This is just the beginning of what the iPad 2 can do. It is fitted with a 5-megapixel iSight camera that has Autofocus, Tap to focus, Face detection in still images, Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio, Video stabilization, FaceTime camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second, and Photo and video geotagging.

It looks like the Apple iPad 2 wins, if money is not a concern and you are looking for something more than just an eBook reader device. However, the best bang for the buck may be the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet, if you are concerned with a longer battery life. The Kindle Fire also shines brightly with all of it capabilities at a low cost. And the Fire is the most compatible with Amazon eBook purchasing and downloading.