Nook Tablet info leaked; how does it compare to Kindle Fire?

Barnes and Noble is supposed to officially announce the next versions of its Nook eReader on Monday but some internal documents from the book seller found their way onto the Internet, specifically Engadget. The info reveals plans for the next version of the Nook Color, to be called the Nook Tablet. The tablet will go on sale on November 16 for $249 with pre-orders being accepted on Monday.

So how does the Nook Tablet compare to Amazon's Kindle Fire, which sells for $50 less and is due to be released one day earlier on November 15? Pretty well, at least on paper. The Nook Tablet has 16 GB of internal storage, compared to the Kindle Fire's 8 GB. Once more, the Nook Tablet has an SD card slot for even more optional storage space; the Kindle Fire lacks such a slot. The Nook Color has 1 GB of memory compared to just 512 MB for the Kindle Fire.

Those two facts alone might be enough to justify the $50 price difference but wait; there's more. The seven inch Nook Tablet also has a dual-core 1.2 Ghz processor inside, along with support for streaming video and audio services like Netfix, Hulu Plus and Pandora and more. It's even lighter than the Kindle Fire.

So with the nation's two biggest book sellers, the race will soon be on to find out which eReader-Android tablet will be accepted by consumers. Did Amazon's early announcement generate enough high sales numbers to keep rivals at bay? Or will the Nook Tablet show that there's a way to topple Amazon and beat them at their own game? Stay tuned.

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I can't wait to upgrade my Nook Color to a NC2. I'm so glad that they are upgrading the specs to squash the Kindle Fire. It'll be nice to be able to play HD video and not have to re-encode everything to 480P first, or to play Angry Birds Rio without it freezing up periodically. I can't wait to see what the new OS looks and feels like, but if I don't like it I have every confidence that the guys over at XDA will have Ice Cream Sandwich running on it shortly after the source is released.

Darrian said,
I can't wait to upgrade my Nook Color to a Nook Tablet. I'm so glad that they are upgrading the specs to squash the Kindle Fire. It'll be nice to be able to play HD video and not have to re-encode everything to 480P first, or to play Angry Birds Rio without it freezing up periodically. I can't wait to see what the new OS looks and feels like, but if I don't like it I have every confidence that the guys over at XDA will have Ice Cream Sandwich running on it shortly after the source is released.

Fixed.

I still haven't seen anything about the screen. Kobo Vox is still winning for me based on sunlight performance.

The screen will be the same screen the Nook Color currently has, and not at all optimized for reading outdoors (I always have to turn the brightness all the way up and try to keep it out of direct sunlight). I just took a look at the Kobo Vox, and it appears to be the same as the current Nook Color, but with a newer version of Android, $50 cheaper and no need to root it, so I can see why you'd like it, especially if it's easier to read in direct sunlight.

This sounds like a better deal than the Kindle Fire does, but it may come down to OS as well. I may pick up the one best suited for stock Android when (hopefully) they get hacked.

Shadrack said,
This sounds like a better deal than the Kindle Fire does, but it may come down to OS as well. I may pick up the one best suited for stock Android when (hopefully) they get hacked.

Obviously it's the Nook. It has twice as much RAM as the Kindle Fire.

These proprietary bookstore tablets are terrible I hate the idea that without the Nook Tablet the Kindle Fire could help to bury the last big brick and mortar bookstore...I still love to spend a lot of time there. I wish Amazon and Barnes both relied on their own apps (like for android), and just offered the richer interface of their own tablets, for 3rd parties so they didn't lock us down so much.

thornz0 said,
These proprietary bookstore tablets are terrible I hate the idea that without the Nook Tablet the Kindle Fire could help to bury the last big brick and mortar bookstore...I still love to spend a lot of time there. I wish Amazon and Barnes both relied on their own apps (like for android), and just offered the richer interface of their own tablets, for 3rd parties so they didn't lock us down so much.

See my response to the first post to answer why these device can NEVER EVER have the Android Market on these devices.

MASTER260 said,
Well, looks like the ereader is dead, all of them becoming tablets... R.I.P.

You are looking at it the wrong way. They are eReaders with tablet capabilities. There using the tablet name only to steal market share from the iPad and other expensive tablets. Nothing more, nothing less.

I think it will really depend on the build quality and how the OS runs on the tablet.
What ive seen and heard about The Kindle Fire is that the OS runs brilliantly on it. The experience is full of quality!. The design is pretty and overall package is a real bargain.

Sounds good so far. The biggest burning question: will the Nook Tablet connect to the real Android Market?

BTW: You mean 1GB and 512MB MEMORY at the end of the second paragraph, right?

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Sounds good so far. The biggest burning question: will the Nook Tablet connect to the real Android Market?

BTW: You mean 1GB and 512MB MEMORY at the end of the second paragraph, right?

There is no burning question. You just need to think for a second on what you are saying.

Both the Nook and the Kindle Fire will never, ever have the Android Market. No it's not that Google doesn't want them to have access to it or B&N and Amazon don't want to pay to have access. It's because if they did that, then you can install the Kindle software on the Nook or the Nook software on the Kindle.

Both the Kindle Fire and Nook have their own app stores. Obviously they don't have competitor software on either store.

Both companies don't want that. Does this answer your "burning" question. The real burning question you should be asking is "Can the device be rooted?" If you don't know what rooting is, Google it because that is a whole other topic in itself.