Nook Tablet ships early; pre-orders get tablet today

Barnes and Noble wants people to know that it can play Amazon's game as well. Amazon shipped its Kindle Fire seven inch tablet one day early but now Barnes and Noble's rival $249 Nook Tablet is doing the same. Originally scheduled to ship for people who pre-ordered the tablet on Thursday, News.com reports that the tablet will actually be showing up at customers doorsteps today. People who pre-ordered the tablet for pick up at one of Barnes and Noble's retail stores can also head over and pick up their new Nook Tablet today.

The rest of us who want to see the tablet for ourselves before purchasing it will be able to do so on Thursday at Barnes and Noble's stores, again one day earlier than originally announced.

So far there are no reviews of the Nook Tablet. The product may be $50 more than the Kindle Fire but the Nook Tablet has double the memory and twice the internal storage (16 GB compared to the Kindle Fire's 8GB). But as Engadget reports, there is an odd twist to the Nook Tablet's storage capacity. It limits the user to just 1 GB of storage for any content that is not directly purchased from Barnes and Noble.

While the company confirmed this rather strange limitation, it did add that it plans to offer more storage space on the tablet for third party downloads. We do have to wonder why Barnes and Noble would make such a restriction in the first place but we also bet that someone will hack into the Nook Tablet and remedy this issue pretty quickly.

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It's the same thing with the original Nook Color. 1 Gig /data, and a bunch for /media or whatever (downloaded and purchased stuff).

It's designed to mostly rely on the SD card. However, you can re-partition the internal memory. I re-sized my Nook Color's partition to give the maximum possible to /data (and almost nothing to /media).

My guess about the limitation is to insure that when they need it for books or other media that there is available hd space. Because they control approx 14gb (+ room for the OS, a guess at 1gb) of this they can know what is available before selling you something and then saying; "sorry, there is no room. Make some space on your local storage so we can copy the media that you just purchased."

This is a guess. I write software for a living and see this sort of thought process often. How do we deal with the client's systems? Their limitations? I'm not saying that if this is correct that it is the best pattern, I'm just saying it might be the reason.

I'm sure it was. Remember, the nook color was never meant to be a tablet, but rather a color e-reader, and the nook tablet is basically the nook color 2.0

I ordered the Nook Tablet because I live in NYC and would like some of the apt space that all my books take over. Being able to read and do some basic surfing is all I really want it to do. Though I may consider writing an app or two depending on it's media abilities.

James Rose said,
I ordered the Nook Tablet because I live in NYC and would like some of the apt space that all my books take over. Being able to read and do some basic surfing is all I really want it to do. Though I may consider writing an app or two depending on it's media abilities.

Since you live in NYC like me, let me give you a bit of advice. Get all three Library cards for NYC. That is 1) Brooklyn Library Card 2) Queens Library Card and 3) New York Public Library Card.

Now what you can do is borough books (FREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!) digitally right on your Nook Color or Nook Tablet. The beauty of this is, one library doesn't have something, go on your other library account. From experience, I can tell you that the Brooklyn Library has the best selection ironically.

WhatWarning said,

Since you live in NYC like me, let me give you a bit of advice. Get all three Library cards for NYC. That is 1) Brooklyn Library Card 2) Queens Library Card and 3) New York Public Library Card.

Thanks, but I like to own my media. In fact it's been nearly 20 years since Ive been in a library, except for a visit to the main branch a few years ago to see the Jack Jack Kerouac exhibit. (they had his scroll from On The Road. Very cool)

But thanks again.

James Rose said,

Thanks, but I like to own my media. In fact it's been nearly 20 years since Ive been in a library, except for a visit to the main branch a few years ago to see the Jack Jack Kerouac exhibit. (they had his scroll from On The Road. Very cool)

But thanks again.

Just lookin' out. I'm like that with movies. Books I only read once.

WhatWarning said,

Just lookin' out. I'm like that with movies. Books I only read once.

Thanks. If you move your movies and other media to your computer you may want to look at a piece of software I wrote, we use it to view all my dvds (now mpeg files) on the tv (living room, bedroom) Makes my life easier, and it's free (completely free, no adware, added programs, etc)

http://www.blissgig.com/display.aspx?id=13

James Rose said,

Thanks. If you move your movies and other media to your computer you may want to look at a piece of software I wrote, we use it to view all my dvds (now mpeg files) on the tv (living room, bedroom) Makes my life easier, and it's free (completely free, no adware, added programs, etc)

http://www.blissgig.com/display.aspx?id=13

I buy Blu-ray's mostly. I'm extremely 'anal' about HD content and audio when it comes to movies. It's sick really I've bought movies like Back to the Future, Star Wars, God Father, etc.. 3 times (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray). I even upgraded my Stargate Atlantis Series from DVD to Blu-ray. I have to have the best quality. I plan on seeking help one day.

But thank you anyway.

yes, you can use SD storage.. they're just giving you 1GB on the actual internal memory.. hopefully they update that silly limitation..

It does suck but keep in mind that this limit is for INTERNAL storage only. Unlike the Kindle Fire the Nook Tablet has a microSDHC card slot that support up to 32GB of removable storage so it still trumps the Kindle in my book. Plus the 1GB limit is a software limitation that they can change in the future or if you hack the device and put a more pure android version on it then it won't apply.

UndergroundWire said,
But can't one just store on their SD card as well?

Yes, you can use up to 32gb on a micro sd card to store whatever you want. It's kind of a sucky limit, but at least we can have an external card.

James Rose said,

Yes, you can use up to 32gb on a micro sd card to store whatever you want. It's kind of a sucky limit, but at least we can have an external card.

Exactly, what I thought. I trust what UndergroundWire says. He's smart.

WhatWarning said,

Exactly, what I thought. I trust what UndergroundWire says. He's smart.

Thanks for the heads up about UndergroundWire.

Frazell Thomas said,
Wow that is a silly storage limit. So silly that it single handedly kills their space advantage over the Kindle Fire.

I'm sure it won't matter to the rooting community

I never heard about strange memory limitation until now. What a stupid thing to do on their part. I can't even think of a logical reason why they would do that.