tablets stories

It's CES, folks (or the Consumer Electronics Show for your first-timers). And as always, we're bringing you the latest tech innovations straight from Las Vegas. But why not take a minute and celebrate one very spirited participant we've dubbed 'Tablet Man,' who has 11 tablets strapped to his body. Gotta love CES.
I just received my Kindle Fire. It's in this box. Just to be clear, this Fire is my Fire: it's money out of my own pocket. This isn't a unit Amazon gave DVICE for review. Like many, I tossed my name in early for a Kindle Fire pre-order. I was at the unveiling, and got just as excited by the prospect of a $200 tablet as anyone else. That's an amazing price point (and one that's punishing Amazon, at least up front), and even now the temptation is there to tear open this box and play with Fire. But I won't. By the time you read this, the Fire will already be on its way back to Amazon's returns department.
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?