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Nook Tablet  (Source: engadget.com)
Barnes & Noble will offer in-store demonstrations of the Nook Tablet on November 15

There has been a lot of tablet-related talk going on these days with Amazon's new tablet, Kindle Fire, due to hit the market November 15. But it looks like the Kindle Fire has an unexpected competitor launching the very next day.

According to Engadget, which managed to get its hands on some important documents, Barnes & Noble will launch its first Nook Tablet on November 16.

The Nook Tablet is almost exactly like the Nook Color with a few changes. According to the documents, the Nook Tablet will have a 7-inch VividView IPS color touchpanel with 1024 x 600 resolution, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor, 16GB of inbuilt storage, about eight hours of battery life with the Wi-Fi off, a microSD expansion slot, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, support for plenty of file formats (PDF, ePUB, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, Flash, JPG, MP3, MP4 and AAC), and dimensions of 8.1- x 5- x 0.48-inches.

The cost for the new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet will be $249, which is $50 more than the Kindle Fire. However, the Nook Tablet does have twice the RAM, twice the storage, and access to over two million books, newspapers and magazines. Kindle Fire has "thousands" of books, newspapers and magazines.

Barnes & Noble will offer the Nook Tablet for pre-order on November 7, and in-store demonstrations will take place on November 15.

Source: Engadget



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Android Market
By rzrshrp on 11/4/2011 9:37:20 AM , Rating: 5
If it offers the full android market without rooting, it may be a winner but I'm sure it won't. I know that the Kindle fire doesn't either. They're both losers as far as my wallet goes.




RE: Android Market
By Denigrate on 11/4/2011 9:52:03 AM , Rating: 4
At least the Nook has a microSD slot, the Fire has nothing like that. Nook will be much easier to root, and will likely end up getting my $'s since it's at a pretty good price point for the included hardware.


RE: Android Market
By Solandri on 11/4/2011 2:39:22 PM , Rating: 3
The Nook Color was the easiest device to root I've ever used. Not only does it have a microSD slot, it boots off of it by default. So "rooting" the device involves writing a rooted NC Android mod image to your microSD card, sticking it in the Nook Color, and rebooting. That's it. Technically it wasn't even rooting since the original OS is still there (boot to it by removing the microSD card).

If they retain this feature in the Nook Tablet, it will sell well among the Android mod community. My main questions are if they addressed some of the problems with the original NC. Video hardware acceleration only up to 848x480 resolution not 720p, limited multitouch (can only track 2 simultaneous touches), lack of buttons (badly needs to be able to run Honeycomb or ICS, not Froyo or Gingerbread which assume 4 hardware buttons). The faster processor and bump to dual core addresses the biggest issue though.


RE: Android Market
By Kurz on 11/4/2011 9:56:11 AM , Rating: 2
At least you don't have to worry about a locked bootloader!
(God I hate bootloaders), There was a bug in install of the Latest OTA (I didnt install any custom stuff) for my phone.

Fingerprint scanner and locked screen didn't work. So without consulting the XDA forums I took it back to the orginal software to try to update again. Bricked my damn phone. This is all using the orginal software straight from Motorola.

I have to send it to motorola to get it fixed.


RE: Android Market
By ebakke on 11/4/2011 12:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
After abandoning my i90c and fixing countless others' v60s about 10 years ago I vowed never to buy another Motorola product. My mobile life's been fairly satisfying ever since.


RE: Android Market
By Kurz on 11/5/2011 10:20:42 AM , Rating: 2
I mean it was a great phone! It was fast, easy to use, feature rich. Only complaint I had was the Screen (A little small, and not as vibratant) and the damn bootloader that prevents its own older software from being flashed onto it.


RE: Android Market
By Reclaimer77 on 11/4/2011 4:04:19 PM , Rating: 1
Well for my wallet, I don't need a $500 tablet with a full "market". I don't really need my tablet to be a fully functioning PC with hundreds of programs running on it. Most people need a tablet to do very simple basic stuff, which is why the Kindle Fire will be such a big hit. Great price plus built in vertical integration with all of Amazon's proven services.

I think you have to ask yourself if the full Android market is worth the $300 price difference between the Kindle Fire and something like the Galaxy Tab. For me that answer is a resounding no.


RE: Android Market
By ender707 on 11/4/2011 5:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. The quantity of fart simulator and tip calculator apps I have access to has no effect on my purchasing decisions!


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