The Nook Tablet officially launches Friday, Nov. 18, and if you've already preordered, you can expect your tablet shortly after. Hopefully you didn't forget to add a case into your shopping cart! These new, bright, and colorful cases should do the trick to keep your Nook Tablet safe and lookin' fly.
It's about to go down: both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet go on sale this week. The tablets have their differences, but both are easy on the wallet (the Kindle Fire is $199 and the Nook Tablet is $249), will have access to tons of books for downloading, come with bright and crisp 7-inch screens, video and music streaming options, apps, and WiFi connectivity.
Both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet should be hot ticket items this holiday, so tell me — which are you buying?
- Affordable price — The Nook Tablet is priced at just $249, which is a fraction of the cost of other tablets on the market right now.
- It's slim but stocked — The Nook Tablet got a boost in the specs department — now with a 1Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, bright seven-inch VividView touchscreen display, and up to 11 hours of reading time — but remains super light and portable weighing in at just 14.1 ounces.
- It's got content, baby — You'll be able to stream movies, TV shows, and music with preloaded apps from Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora (all of which are offering free trails), but you can browse and download the over two million books in the Barnes & Noble online store.
- In-store service — Ripping a page from Apple's Genius Bar playbook, you can take your Nook Tablet to any one of the Barnes and Noble locations across the country to get service and support for free.
- It's a tablet, but not — The Nook Tablet runs a custom version of Android 2.3, but is lacking a few things that tablet owners might miss, including a 3G connection (the Nook Tablet is WiFi only) and there are no webcams for on the go video chatting.
The previously leaked Nook Tablet is official: during a press conference in NYC today, Barnes & Noble announced the Nook Tablet will be priced at $249 and be available "on or about Nov. 17." Confirmed details include the previously mentioned 1GB of RAM, 1GHz dual-core processor, a seven-inch VividView touchscreen display as well as battery life of up to 11.5 hours while reading or nine hours while watching video.
Additionally, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Pandora will come preloaded on the Nook Tablet and will offer free trials. Get a closer look at the Nook Tablet in the gallery and tell us — will you be buying it?
Perfect timing for holiday shopping season, Barnes & Noble is set to announce its next version of the Nook on Monday with an expected release date of Nov. 16. Called the Nook Tablet, leaked documents indicate that the device will look and feel just like the Nook Color but with a few internal and external changes. But with the Kindle Fire also coming into the fold a day earlier on Nov. 15, which portable tablet/ereader combo should you choose? We'll look at the pros and cons of each and help you decide.
The Kindle Fire will sell for $200, while the Nook Tablet will be priced at $249.
Both the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire will come with a seven-inch touchscreen display at 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, and WiFi connectivity, but the Nook pulls ahead in processing power. The Nook Tablet will come with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor compared to the Kindle Fire's dual-core 1GHz, but let's face it — they're both going to be plenty fast. The Nook will also come with more storage space with 16GB on on-board and expandable with a 32GB SD card, while the Kindle Fire is limited to 8GB of on-board storage space. The Kindle Fire is integrated with Amazon's free cloud storage, however, so data space becomes a nonissue with the Fire. As far as battery life goes, the Kindle Fire will last up to eight hours with the WiFi turned off, while the Nook Tablet is expected to run for a full 11.5 hours while reading, and nine hours while watching video with the WiFi off.
Both the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire will be able to stream music, videos, and books, but where the content comes from is where these two differ. The Nook Tablet will be able to stream shows and movies from Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Pandora, while the Kindle Fire will be jacked into Amazon Prime, which offers free (as well as paid, and rental) streaming movies, TV shows, and music from its online store. Kindle Fire customers will get a free 30-day Amazon Prime membership to test out the benefits, but from there it comes with a $79 a year price tag. As far as books go, you'll obviously get the choice of choosing between Barnes & Noble's online selection and Amazon's. In addition, Amazon's app store is brimming with fun and familiar apps, which could woo customers to the Fire.
See our final thoughts and verdict after the break.
According to leaked documents, Barnes and Noble will release the Nook Tablet on Nov. 16, just a week after its scheduled press event in NYC on Monday, Nov. 7. The tablet, which will be priced at $249 and look exactly like the Nook Color, will come with a 7-inch VividView IPS color touchscreen, 16GB of on-board storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor, plus a MicroSD slot, and eight hours of battery life with WiFi off.
You'll be able to stream video and music content thanks to partnerships with Pandora, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. Bonus — the Nook Simple Touch price will drop to just $99, while the Nook Color will get a price cut to $199. You can preorder the Nook Tablet starting on Nov. 7.