Barnes and Noble unveiled their new 7-inch NOOK Tablet yesterday and from all accounts I’m quite impressed. The tablet doesn’t hit the stores until Thursday November 17th, just in time for the Holidays. Like most people I’ll just need to wait before I can kick the tires on this one.

According to the Barnes and Noble specs, this new entry into the tablet market is better than the Kindle Fire. It costs more, but it looks as though the extra $50 is a good investment.

It’s apparently similar to Amazon’s Kindle Fire but there are significant differences that account for the higher price tag. If you were to purchase a new laptop I think you would probably pay more for similar differences on the inside as opposed to the similar look and feel.

The NOOK Tablet has 16GB of storage and a cool 1GB of RAM compared to Fire’s 8 GB of storage and 512MB of RAM.  Amazon stores your “stuff” in its cloud and could be inconvenient for excursions with no Wi-Fi access. If you hang around the house this difference would be immaterial.  If you’re happy with your iPad2 or iPhone 4S it could be noted that they’re okay with 512MB—for now.

Instead of rehashing my research from multiple areas where each review covers the same information, I’ll add a couple of links for readers to explore as follows:

Click on ZD Net or (straight from the horse’s mouth) click on Barnes and Noble.

Pre-Order new NOOK Tablet only $249 new members $224

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4 Comments on Barnes & Noble launches next-generation NOOK Tablet

  1. Billy S. says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. B and N sells good quality merchandise. Can’t wait to try it out in the store. Interesting to see your comment “for now” on the subject of memory.

  2. James C. says:

    I like the idea of more than eleven hours and I think they said 9 hours of video.

  3. LInda Gartz says:

    I bought the last color Nook — back in May so I could use its wi-fi feature for email and internet when I was in Europe and didn’t want to drag my computer. I love the Nook color for reading and the internet/email was helpful–but sometimes couldn’t get a great connection. Mine was pricier than the Kindle too — but LOTS cheaper than an ipad.
    Thanks for dropping by my site!

  4. Jennifer F says:

    Thank you for the information and some of the comparisons between the NOOK Tablet and Kindle Fire. If people are interested in pre=ordering, having the link on this site is very convenient…takes you right to the Tablet features. So much cheaper than an Ipad. I have a B&N reader, and the quality is amazing.

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