Then here comes Barnes & Nobles with a quick jab and a right hook. It was speculated for some time that B&N were in the process of getting a new e-reader together to replace their current best seller, the Nook Color. However it wasn’t until Amazon announced their 7 inch e-reacher, The Kindle Fire that B&N finally put the rumors to rest that they were replacing the Nook Color with the Nook Tablet.
The one thing thatstands out about the Nook Tablet is it takes everything that the Nook Color and the announced Amazon Kindle Fire and 1up’s them. While the Amazon Kindle Fire was a sure bet for everyone this now makes the decision that much harder even though it does cost $50 more then it’s competition it also gives you increased storage and access to a Micro Sd-card slot (The Kindle Fire only has 8GB of onboard storage and no Sd-card clost).
Take a look at the features of the B&N Nook Tablet won’t you:
- Screen: 1,024×600-pixel “laminated, no-air” 7-inch IPS LCD
- Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Processor: 1GHz dual-core TI Omap 4
- Platform: Customized version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Internal memory: 16GB
- microSD card expansion slot: up to 32GB cards
- Integrated microphone
- Battery life: 11 hours reading, 8-9 hours video (with wireless off)
Sadly it does not include Bluetooth (But the Nook Color does when rooted / rom’d)
This is fantastic news especially for those who are in the know with the Android world as you know the original Nook and Nook Color’s were easily rooted and allowed you to install custom rom’s on it (CM7 + Nook Color = Kick Ass Android Tablet for less).
Looks like my Kindle Fire pre-order is getting cancelled.
The Nook Tablet will be release some time next week for $249.99 and is available for pre-order now.