Barnes & Noble recently announced the upcoming release of a new $249 color touch screen Nook Tablet, and it begins shipping on November 18, but is available for pre-order currently. Late September Amazon announced pre-order access to their $199 seven inch Kindle Fire tablet, which was supposed to begin shipping out on November 15, but which has already been put on backorder status. Both devices are similar 7 inch color touch screen tablets, with the Nook Tablet delivering more memory and a microSD slot not available on the Kindle Fire.
Barnes & Noble executives have been openly critical of the Kindle Fire and its 8 GB of storage space. The new Nook Tablet offers 16 GB of storage, and B&N says they will match the Amazon honor for free Cloud storage space. By offering free Cloud storage, the Nook Tablet receives virtually limitless storage capabilities. Barnes & Noble went on to state that their device has a microSD slot which allows for access to memory cards, while the Amazon Kindle Fire does not. The Nook Tablet matches the screen size of the Kindle Fire at 7 inches, and both devices offer 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 pixels per inch.
The Nook Tablet is slightly larger and slightly lighter than the Amazon Kindle Fire, measuring 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48 inches, and weighing half an ounce less at 14.1 ounces. Both the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire employee a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP4 1.0 GHz processor and Gingerbread Android operating system, however, the Nook Tablet delivers 1.0 GB of RAM memory while the Kindle Fire only offers 512 MB of RAM memory. Both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have Wi-Fi 802.11 B, G, N wireless access, but the Nook Tablet outruns the Kindle Fire, delivering 11.5 hours reading time on a single battery charge as opposed to the genitals 8.0 hours, and 9.0 hours video viewing time as opposed to the Fire’s 7.5 hours. Buy the Nook Tablet for only $249.
Barnes & Noble offers Wi-Fi access to the millions of magazines and books in the B&N bookstore, and the Nook Tablet comes preloaded with Hulu Plus and Netflix for video viewing. When asked about the $50 price discrepancy, a Barnes and Noble spokesperson cited the extra run time, extra memory, microSD slot and possible future hardware upgrades. Both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have significantly dropped the Tablet PC retail pricing bar, both arriving approximately $150 to $300 less than the previous best-selling tablets.