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Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest retail chain of book stores, has released its own media tablet that will help it to enter the market of high-definition digital entertainment and further bridge the gaps between different types of content on one device. The main rival of Nook Tablet will not be popular Apple iPad, but the Amazon Kindle Fire. In fact, both Nook Tablet and Amazon Kindle have similar hardware specifications.

“In Nook Tablet, we’ve created the best wireless media tablet in the portable 7” class. Nook Tablet’s VividView display has been designed to be the world’s finest screen for readability and viewing content. We’ve utilized that breakthrough display technology to bring consumers the largest digital catalog of color and interactive books, magazines, children’s books and high-quality apps through our Nook Store. Additionally, we’ve seamlessly integrated today’s top entertainment services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora in a product that’s powerful, easy-to-use, under a pound, and a tremendous value at only $249,” said William Lynch, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble.

B&N Nook Tablet has 7” multi-touch display with 1024*600 resolution with Corning’s Gorilla glass and anti-glare coating. The device is based on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Texas Instruments OMAP 4 system-on-chip (with PowerVR SGX540 graphics core) as well as Google Android operating system with B&N’s own user interface. The device is equipped with 1GB of random access memory, 16GB of flash memory and has a microSDHC slot, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n wireless local network controller, micro-USB 2.0 connector, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, speakers and so on. Unfortunately, the Nook Tablet 7” does not feature any cameras or a microphone. The Nook Tablet product weighs ~400 grams (14.1 ounces) and can work for 11 hours continuous reading or 9 hours video playback.

B&N Nook Tablet supports a broad set of different file formats, including texts in EPUB (including Adobe DRM or DRM free), PDF as well as various texts in XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX and so on. The device also supports videos in MP4, or Adobe Flash Player format, 3GP, 3G2 MKV, WEBM (Video Codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VP8) packages, images in JPG, GIF, PNG and BMP formats. The B&N Nook Tablet can play audio on built-in mono speaker in MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, OGG (Audio Codecs MP3, AAC, AMR, LPCM, OGG Vorbis) formats.

Nook Tablet offers access to popular movies, TV shows, music and more through the top entertainment services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and others, plus a collection of high-quality apps, fast Web browsing and e-mail. Nook Tablet features Barnes & Noble’s color reading experience, with access to the world’s largest digital bookstore via Wi-Fi. Barnes & Noble offers Nook Tablet customers a wide array of Nook Apps. However, it does not look like the tablet fully supports Android-compatible applications designed for other platforms.

Just like its direct rival, the Kindle Fire 7”, the B&N Nook Tablet 7” does not support any voice or video communication technologies, such as a front-facing camera, microphone, 3G/3.5G module and others. The lack of a proper back-facing camera means that the device will also not be used for lifestyle thinks like posting Facebook notes and so on. The novelty is a product designed specifically to consume content that Barnes & Noble sells and do not feature any communication functionality, which will naturally affect its popularity among the active consumers.

Both Kindle Fire 7” and Nook Tablet 7” represent a new class of tablets [essentially, those devices are advanced personal digital media players] that are specifically made to consume digital media content, including texts, audio and video. Such products are not universal devices like Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab and therefore are not supposed to provide a wide set of features or truly high performance and therefore have limited functionality. Since a lot of people are going to be satisfied with such products, their popularity may become very high, but eventually both Amazon and B&N will have to unveil tablets with richer set of features, built-in communication capabilities as well as improved screens.

B&N Nook Tablet can be pre-ordered for $249 today and is expected to be in stores and in homes late next week.

Tags: Barnes and Noble, Nook, Nook Tablet, Android, iPad, Amazon, Apple, Galaxy Tab, Kindle, Kindle Fire

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Barnes & Noble introduced its now Nook Tablet Monday. The country's leading retail book-seller makes a bid for the tablet computer market with the new system. The Nook Tablet tries to compete directly with Apple's iPad and Amazon's Amazon Kindle Fire. It retails for $249. Source of article: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet competes with Kindle Fire and iPadhttp://www.appisaurus.com/622-nook-tablet/
0 0 [Posted by: betzyR  | Date: 11/12/11 03:21:24 AM]
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If any one bothered to look at the specs on the nook page you will notice that you can record your voice while reading a book like to your child, now how would you do that without a microphone? hmmm..... in fact the following quote is taken right from the nook features page "Kids' Stories Come to Life, Nothing compares to NOOK Kids™. The largest collection of interactive children's books with fun activities right in the pages. Families can Read and Record™ their own narrations with the built-in microphone." I noticed in your article that you said at least twice it did not have ANY microphone OR support recording..... do your research better, people read articles & are influenced by what you write. Yellow Journalism really sucks
PS, you might want to actually check out the new screen specs & look at it in person before you say " but eventually both Amazon and B&N will have to unveil tablets with richer set of features, built-in communication capabilities as well as improved screens."

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0 0 [Posted by: necromancer  | Date: 11/18/11 09:05:24 AM]
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I guess the Lenovo Tablet is a better deal and the base unit is only 200 bucks.
0 0 [Posted by: goury  | Date: 12/06/11 04:40:29 PM]
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