Largest book retail chain in United States Barnes & Noble has released its first official Android tablet today. Dubbed as Nook Tablet, it runs on Android 2.3 and has been priced at USD249. Although some might term Nook Color as retailer’s first Android tablet, but it was essentially an e-book reader later branded as Reader’s tablet by B&N and was hacked the life out of it to bring the tablet functionality to it.
Nook Tablet was announced today at a press event in New York, and this Android tablet is the direct competition to Amazon’s recently announced Kindle Fire, which will officially go on sale from November 17, around the same time B&N plans to start selling its Nook Tablet. While B&N Nook Tablet presents a better case with its hardware specifications, Amazon has priced its tablet $50 below it, which is going to be a deciding factor for many if they want to spend another 50 bucks to get expandable storage and a little upgraded processor or they will be satisfied with 8GB internal storage and some-what better content offerings from Amazon.
Nook Tablet features its own appstore, which was first seen in Nook Color and sports a decent number of applications, but that number is way below of apps in Android Market and even Amazon Appstore for Android. Although developers are likely to bring the Market support to the tablet soon after release but such hacking voids the warranty of the tablet and is not the cup of tea every user.
Featuring the same look as Nook Color, Nook Tablet comes with a 7 inch color touchscreen, 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card support, Hulu Plus and Netflix pre-loaded.
Along with Nook Tablet, Barnes & Noble has also taken the wraps off the Nook Cloud service, now Nook Tablet users will be able to save their content in the cloud easily.
Full Press Release here