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NOOK Tablet
NOOK Tablet is priced at $249, will launch on November 17

Amazon caused quite a commotion when it announced its $199 Kindle Fire last in September. The tablet is essentially a 7" BlackBerry PlayBook running an Amazon-customized version of Android.
Not to be left out of the tablet game, Barnes & Noble today unveiled its NOOK Tablet which will be going head-to-head with the Kindle Fire. The NOOK Tablet weighs 14.1 ounces and measures 8.1" x 5" x 0.48 inches. It features a 7" VividView color touchscreen with a 1024x600 display and comes with 16GB of storage space. Wireless connectivity is provided via 802.11n Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi access for the NOOK Tablet is free in Barnes & Noble stores).
In addition, your multimedia needs are met with Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora integration on the NOOK Tablet.
“In NOOK Tablet, we’ve created the best wireless media tablet in the portable 7-inch class," said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble.  "NOOK Tablet’s VividView display has been designed to be the world’s finest screen for readability and viewing content. We’ve utilized that breakthrough display technology to bring consumers the largest digital catalog of color and interactive books, magazines, children’s books and high-quality apps through our NOOK Store."
While the NOOK Tablet sounds like a great competitor to the Kindle Fire, it comes up short in one area: pricing. The NOOK Tablet is priced at $249, placing it $50 more expensive than the similarly spec'd Kindle Fire. On the other hand, Barnes & Noble's tablet has access to a much larger library of books, newspapers, and magazine so the added cost may be worth it to some buyers.

Sources: Barnes & Noble, NOOK Tablet Product Page

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Oh competition...
By quiksilvr on 11/7/2011 11:44:01 AM , Rating: 3
How I've missed you.

In all seriousness this looks great. They have a $199 option and a $50 premium option for a much faster system.

Unfortunately, I still see Kindle Fire dominating. Unfortunate in the sense that the Nook will get outshined and not have much of a chance, not that Amazon will be successful.

RE: Oh competition...
By chmilz on 11/7/2011 11:49:51 AM , Rating: 4
I'm game for anything that gets people out of the overpriced iDon'tKnowWhatI'mBuying market.

RE: Oh competition...
By Brandon Hill on 11/7/2011 11:59:02 AM , Rating: 2
I think I'll be getting an Amazon Kindle Fire from Staples with my Staples Rewards money. I've already got my $120 in my rewards account, just need another $80 (two months worth of Ink Rewards).

eBay + used ink cartridge tanks + Staples Ink Rewards + Staples Rewards Premiere = painless way to get tech for pennies on the dollar :)

RE: Oh competition...
By chmilz on 11/7/2011 3:05:17 PM , Rating: 2
There's no better feeling than gaming the system.

RE: Oh competition...
By theapparition on 11/8/2011 12:52:06 PM , Rating: 2
Can't really agree.

The Nook Color, which has been available for a year, has sold very well. Extremely well in fact. This is basically the Nook Color 2, with upgraded processor and memory, that's it.

Kindle Fire will sell many more, no doubt about that, but the NC will have it's market too. Not only is the NC the better device, but you can easily put a full OS on it and have access to not only the B&N content, but also Amazon and Google Books, as well as the full market.

By Arsynic on 11/7/2011 12:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
Will we get an update?

By Netscorer on 11/7/2011 1:07:33 PM , Rating: 2

B&N stated that original NC will get it's own update. Not sure if they'll bring it up to par with NT. For most of the folks who abandoned NC original OS in favor of CM7, this is not worth paying attention to.

By The Raven on 11/7/2011 2:04:43 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a reference...
The Nook Color, which drops to $199, will get a free update with 100 new features, including many of the ones found in the Tablet.

MicroSD card slot
By Solandri on 11/7/2011 2:59:47 PM , Rating: 2
The Nook Tablet has one, the Amazon Fire doesn't.

And if the Nook Tablet is like the Nook Color, it will try to boot off the microSD card first. Meaning rooting it is as simple as writing a bootable image to the card, putting it in, and rebooting.

I've rooted my share of Android devices, and the Nook Color was by far the easiest and friendliest for rooting. It even has a backup image in ROM which you can use to recover the system if you somehow manage to brick it. It's like they designed it intending for people to root it. I hate to sound like an ad for B&N, but they did a really good job with making the Nook Color proprietary for the folks who just wanted an e-reader, but open for the folks who wanted full control of the product they bought. I really hope the Nook Tablet is the same.

RE: MicroSD card slot
By geddarkstorm on 11/7/2011 4:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
That would be awesome. I've gotten amazing mileage out of my Nook Cooler, rooting it with Cyanogenmod 7.1 (fast and snappy!). Makes me seriously wonder how impressive this Nook Tablet must be, and for the same price the color was a year ago.

Ahh, technology, obsoleting with gusto.

By gwem557 on 11/8/2011 3:18:32 PM , Rating: 2
Methinks your facts are not correct...

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