Fact: Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet has 16GB of storage — twice that of the Kindle Fire's 8GB (6GB of which is user usable). Hidden fact: you can only use ONE GIGABYTE of the Nook Tablet's 16GB of storage for movies, music and non-B&N e-books. How crazy is that? Time to cross the Nook Tablet off your wish list.
Of the 16GB of onboard storage in the Nook Tablet, 3GB of that is allocated to the tablet's operating system (what the hell is in there?), 1GB for your own goodies, and 12GB for Barnes & Noble purchased media.
The only problem here is that Barnes & Noble only sells e-books, digital magazines and digital newspapers. So what is the Nook Tablet really then? Why, it's basically a Nook Color — an LCD e-reader.
The established definition of a tablet is that it's a device for consuming content, whether it's books, music, movies, etc. When you're only limited to 1GB in total for movies, music and even e-books not purchased from Barnes & Noble, it loses a lot of competitive edge over its biggest rival — the Kindle Fire.
Worse, the Nook Tablet costs $50 more. Why would anybody buy this over a Fire now? Heck, even an iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle can hold more music than the Nook Tablet.
Barnes & Noble should be embarrassed. The Nook Tablet isn't a tablet. It's a Nook Color masquerading as a tablet. Who cares about dual-cores and 1GB of RAM if you won't even be watching any movies on the dang thing because you can't store it?
I have movies that are over 1GB alone. What would I do Barnesy? Netflix? I canceled my Netflix. Hulu Plus? Man, I hate Hulu. Buy a micro SD card? That's a solution, but I doubt anybody wants to fork out even more money for one after already paying $50 more than the Fire.