B&N Fights Fire with $199 Nook Tablet

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Nook Tablet
Barnes & Noble has introduced an 8GB version of its Nook Tablet for US$199, the same price point as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Amazon has had enormous success with its Fire device, and Barnes & Noble hopes it can gain momentum for its Nook business by competing with Amazon on price.

Both devices are based on Android, but Amazon’s Kindle Fire uses a custom interface developed and controlled by Amazon. Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet also uses a customized version of Android that restricts users from accessing Google’s Android Marketplace out of the box.

That means that both devices are inherently limited. The Kindle Fire is designed (and priced) to deliver Amazon content to its users and to promote the online retailing giant’s Amazon Prime service. The Nook Tablet is also designed as a delivery vehicle for Barnes & Noble content, and limits users to just 1GB of storage for their own content. That said, the device also has a microSD slot for expanded storage up to 32GB per card.

Barnes & Noble originally introduced the Nook Tablet as a 16GB device for $249 that was designed to replace its previous color tablet, the Nook Color. Amazon sparked a race for the low end by introducing the 8GB Kindle Fire in time for the Christmas at $199, which is what the new, even cheaper 8GB Nook Tablet is intended to match.

Another difference in the new model is that it features less RAM, 512MB, as opposed to the 1GB featured in its larger 16GB sibling. The two models otherwise look the same.

The new model is available now and currently shows as shipping within 24 hours.

Comments

Will

Both devices are based on Android, but Amazon?s Kindle Fire uses a custom interface developed and controlled by Amazon. Barnes & Noble?s Nook Tablet also uses a customized version of Android that restricts users from accessing Google?s Android Marketplace out of the box.

I like to stick up for the underdog, and Google doesn’t really fit the bill, but it is the one responsible for Android and it seems these two, amongst others, are skipping out with the goodies or googlies.

It must be so that the morals of business people mirror that of psychopaths. Maybe it would be OK, if they only did the psychopathing on each other and left the righteous (Apple) alone.

Garion

If you’ve ever wondered what a race to the bottom might look like, well,  look no further.

Coming up next: A five inch, 8 GB Kindle Fire for $149 ?

webjprgm

They still have the $249 version, which means for $50 more you get double the ram and double the internal storage.  I’d definitely go for the better version…

... oh, wait, I’d probably just prefer the iPad in the first place. grin 

But if you want a limited tablet, OR you are looking for the 7” size (which I think actually does have some good uses, despite what Apple has said in the past), then it’s probably a better deal to pay the extra $50 just for the double RAM.  (On the assumption that doubling RAM in a tablet has the same effect on speed that doubling RAM on a desktop/laptop has.)

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