Ahead of the announcement of the Nook HD and larger HD+, Barnes & Noble invited us and other reporters to a thorough preview event in New York City. There, we were able to get a better idea of what to expect when the pair of high-def tablets lands this November.
The last few weeks have been a veritable smorgasbord of new device releases giving us new Amazon Kindles, the long-awaited iPhone 5, and even a Toys 'R' Us tablet. But there's more to come before the year is up, and next in line in the tablet wars is Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD and HD+.
I've spent a week (and some change) playing around with Barnes & Noble's latest. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight adds a feature that before was relegated to the side business of e-reader peripherals: a lit screen so you can read at night. It's a simple change, but it makes all the difference.
Solving one of the most vexing e-reading problems — how to read in bed without keeping your sleeping significant other awake — Barnes & Noble has unveiled the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, an E Ink e-book reader with a front-lit screen.
Nook Tablet owners can finally let out a collective breath of relief. Remember how Barnes & Noble only allowed 1GB of the 16GB of storage to be used for non-Barnes & Noble purchased content? The bookseller is now backtracking on that and letting owners partition more space for personal media.
Barnes & Noble might be feeling the heat from Amazon's $200 Kindle Fire. Although its Nook Tablet is more powerful than the Kindle Fire in virtually every way, it still costs $50 more. A new Nook Tablet with less storage and a lower price tag could make it more competitive with the Kindle Fire.
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.
In addition to announcing the new Nook Tablet, Barnes & Noble updated its Nook SimpleTouch touchscreen E Ink e-reader. Barely six months old, the new Nook SimpleTouch looks virtually identical to the old one — only it's now faster and cheaper. Best of all, the speed boosts are available as a software update.
Nothing is sacred these days. Last Friday's leaked internal documents nailed the Nook Tablet specs and price — $250, Wi-Fi-only and same 7-inch IPS screen. The boxing gloves are on. The contenders are throwing invisible jabs in the air. The fighters: Amazon's Kindle Fire vs. Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet. Ding! The fight's on! You can say that the Kindle Fire was a response to the the now $50 cheaper Nook Color e-reader tablet that Barnes & Noble released last year. The Kindle Fire is very attractive to shoppers because it's Amazon's first stab at a tablet and it comes with a suite of Amazon multimedia services that keep it fresh, day in and day out. Barnes & Noble's new Nook Tablet is a counter to the Kindle Fire treading on its Nook empire territory. So how does the Nook Tablet stack up?
A new Nook is going to be announced on Monday. We're certain of that. We've got invites to touch it. Too bad its entire spec sheet has been leaked out. Read on for all the goodies.