Barnes & Noble
recently sent out invitations to members of the media and certain publishing bigwigs inviting them to a press event in New York on Monday. That prompted immediate speculation that B&N was likely getting ready to announce a new tablet device to compete with Amazon
's upcoming Kindle Fire, a notion that's virtually confirmed by leaked documents.
both got their hands on internal documents outlining the new Nook Tablet and why B&N thinks it's a "Better reader, better tablet -- better than Kindle Fire." One of those reasons is not the price: the Nook Tablet will sell for $249, versus $199 for the Kindle Fire. So what does an additional $50 investment buy you? Let's break it down.
B&N Nook Color (not the Nook Tablet)
The Nook Tablet is a 7-inch slate with an IPS panel and a 1024x600 screen resolution. So is the Kindle Fire. B&N's Nook Tablet is slightly bigger at 8.1 (H) x 5 (W) .48 (D) inches versus 7.5 (H) x 4.7 (W) x 0.45 (D) inches, but it weighs slightly less at 14.1 ounces versus 14.6 ounces. It's also more power than the Kindle Fire. The Nook Tablet sports a 1.2GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM; the Kindle Fire rocks a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and 512MB RAM. You also get twice as much storage with the Nook Tablet, which offers 16GB (plus a 32GB expandable SD card slot) versus 8GB on the Kindle Fire.
So what's the verdict? Would you be willing to pay $50 more for a better spec'd Nook Tablet, or do you think the Kindle Fire is where it's at?