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Brand new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet hits stores next week

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Brand new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet hits stores next week

Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest retail book-seller, joined the tablet computer industry Monday with the start of its brand new Nook Tablet. The Nook Tablet tries to compete specifically with Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire. It sells for $249. I found this here: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet competes with Kindle Fire and iPad

Get the new nook

With bookstores generally on the decline nationwide, Barnes & Noble is stepping up to the plate with its try to grab a piece of the growing electronic book industry. Nook Color reader has been expanded to be the Nook Tablet. It has 16 GB of memory and has Wi-Fi abilities. This latest version, besides being thinner and lighter, also contains a 1GHz dual-core processor. The system weighs less than a pound and has 11.5 hours of battery life.

The brand new Kindle Fire is $50 less costly than the Nook Tablet. The Tablet is still half as much as an iPad costs though.

Only 8 GB in Kindle Fire

The Nook Tablet is better than the Amazon Kindle Fire, which warrants the higher price, according to Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch. He said the Kindle Fire’s memory was “deficient” in comparison. The Kindle Fire packs only 8GB, compared to Nook Tablet’s 16. The Nook Tablet also has the capability of another 32GB with the addition of a removable memory card.

Music could be streamed from Pandora on the Nook Tablet which also streams Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Fairly inexpensive

Barnes & Noble also could benefit from the machine with sales of more e-books to accompany the device. A holiday push led to more sales of the item. Earlier Nooks were being sold quickly. The Nook Color, previously selling for $249, has been reduced to $199. The company’s Nook Simple has dropped from $139 to $99.

Gizmodo critic finds deficient

Gizmodo, however, which covered a demo of the gadget at its start, discovered it lacking. Adrian Covert is a Gizmodo critic. Covert didn’t think the price bump from the Amazon Kindle Fire was worth it.

“The sluggishness of the UI and browsing was noticeable. Menu and app transitions, along with page turns and scrolling looked choppy and somewhat unresponsive. The home screen UI wasn’t as affected as, say, the web browser, but I was hardly wowed by what I saw.”

Customers will decide on the system. In the near future it will hit the shops

Articles cited

Wall Street Journal

Gizmodo

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