Barnes and Noble today unveiled its new tablet in the Nook line. Imaginatively-named the Nook Tablet, it's going head-to-head with Amazon's forthcoming Kindle Fire. Here's a rundown of the device...
What is it? It's a 7" tablet, running Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread"), with a 1GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core SoC, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, plus a microSD slot, weighing under a pound.
It has an IPS display, which should mean good viewing angles; B&N also claims it has low glare, when viewing in bright environments. The resolution is a widescreen 1024x600.
Includes b/g/n Wi-Fi Internet access, and free service in B&N stores, plus AT&T hotspots.
B&N claims a huge battery life: "nine hours" of video playback and "11.5 hours" of ebook reading. This with a battery that's "half the size" of an iPad's. Impressive, assuming these are realistic numbers.
Speaking of video, it comes with Netflix and Hulu Plus apps, and supports 720p HD (presumably downsampled for the 600 line display).
You can record your own audio book: B&N suggests parents might want to record themselves reading a book to their kids. (Is anyone excited by this feature? I know I'm not.)
Naturally, B&N loves to compare its new tablet against Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire. The company claims it has more storage, more RAM, is lighter, has a better display, is more open, and it's available next week, for $250.
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