Meet the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Thinner, smaller and priced at $249, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet comes with 16 GB of memory and is set to battle against the Kindle Fire from Amazon.
Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch stated “Judge for yourself, but we think content will look and render better on the Nook than on Kindle Fire.” He also mentioned that the Nook Color is the second best-selling tablet, following Apple’s iPad 2.
Barnes & Noble has a winner on their hands — in our own hands-on with the Nook Tablet, it’s sleek, fast and offers great content. The bottom bevel is a bit oddly designed, but we can look the other way — as the device is ever so light. Under the hood, it runs Android 2.3, includes Wi-Fi, has a seven-inch display, plays movies in HD, has a built-in microphone, and has a “Nook Newstand.” Netflix, Pandora Hulu Plus come pre-loaded on the Nook Tablet — and it will run games like Angry Birds. Pre-orders begin today, and the new tablet will begin shipping next week.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.