The Barnes & Noble Tablet Makes its Debut at $249
By Christopher Weaver

The all new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet was announced today at a New York City press event. This new tablet features the same design as the previous Nook Color, but with upgraded internal components. It sports a 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 7 inch display, and weighs in at under 1 pound. It will also support up to 32GB of additional external storage. This tablet will come in at $249 which is a bit more than the recently announced Kindle Fire, which is to be expected with the increase in specs. Pre-orders start today, and it will be made available starting sometime next week.

The Nook Tablet will be more of a multimedia device than its predecessor and will be pre-loaded with Netflix and Hulu apps and will support 1080p playback. They are also touting that this tablet will feature the deepest Netflix integration of any tablet on the market. Don’t think that means your device will run out of juice quickly, the B&N Tablet will deliver 9 hours of video playback, and 11.5 hours of reading time on a single charge. It will also have free access to AT&T and B&N Wi-Fi hotspots.

One interesting feature that many will find useful is called “Read and Record” which will allow you to record yourself reading a book and have it recorded for later playback. This could be very useful in the setting of reading your child to sleep at night, now you won’t even have to be in the room or read the same old story over and over.

If you want to get your hands on one of these devices before your purchase, it will be sold at places like Target, Office Max, Walmart, Radio Shack, Staples, and Best Buy. All in all, this tablet seems like a winner for the price. The Nook Color was well received by the masses and even preferred by many as their Android tablet of choice, so it only seems logical that the Nook Tablet will pick up where it’s older brother left off.


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