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.
Barnes & Noble thinks you'll spend $50 more to buy its new Nook Tablet rather than Amazon's Fire, both of which go on sale sometime next week. Apparently B&N also believes the original Nook Color is equal to the Amazon Fire now that both are priced at $199. I think Barnes & Noble has lost its mind. Does B&N realize that for us to choose the Tablet over the Fire it had to either blow us away product-wise (it didn't), at least match Amazon Fire's price (it didn't), or come up with a completely different value proposition (it didn't)? Instead, Barnes & Noble figures to fight Fire with, literally, flash. Allow me to douse Tablet's not so flaming advantage.
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.