Barnes & Noble has announced the followup to the Nook Color: the Nook Tablet.
If you loved the Nook Color, but wish it could do just a bit more, the Nook Tablet is the perfect multimedia tablet for you. The Nook Tablet looks just like the Nook Color, but just a hair lighter in both bezel color and weight. The Nook Tablet can do a lot more than the Color, though. The Tablet comes with both Netflix and Hulu Plus for video, and can support movie files up to 1080p as ell (Netflix and Hulu Plus can go up to 720p on the Tablet). You’ll be able to watch quite a bit of streaming video, with the Tablet’s battery that can handle 9 hours of video, or 11.5 hours of reading.
Inside the Nook Tablet sports a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space. There’s also a slot for a microSD card to add another 32GB of storage. You’ll find the same 1024×600 screen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth in the Tablet. The one hardware addition is the microphone which will let you record your own voice for select children’s books, instead of relying on another reader.
Barnes & Noble is going right for the Kindle Fire with the Nook Tablet, but it misses the price. The Nook Tablet will run you $249 as opposed to the Fire’s $199. You get the extra 8GB of storage, and Netflix built-in with the Tablet, though. It’s not a bad deal, but I can’t help but think that the price is just a bit too high to compete with the Fire.