Barnes & Noble has been blessed. The majority of the tech reporters, pundits, curmudgeons and reviewers have now had time to play with the new Amazon Kindle Fire and the new B&N Nook Tablet. And the winner appears to be…
The Nook Tablet. The reason? There are many:
- The new Fire web browser is slow and awkward.
- The Fire is locked into 8GB of storage on the device. It cannot be expanded. the Nook Tablet comes with 16GB of storage and has a MicroSD slot that can accept up to 32GB card for a maxed out total of 48GB. Both have “cloud” services.
- The Nook Tablet has a 20%+ longer battery life.
- Most tech reviewers felt the Nook Tablet’s screen was sharper for movies, magazines and books.
- Barnes & Noble has had three years to perfect its touch user interface. Amazon’s touch UI is 1st generation and looks and feels it.
- Don’t under estimate the power of over 700 brick and mortar B&N stores with tens of thousands of trained digital booksellers vs Amazon’s out-sourced tech support.
- For about $80. per year you can buy Amazon’s media services package. Barnes & Noble took the Ala Carte menu system where you can pick from well over a dozen various media services – some free, some with monthly charges.
Barnes & Noble stayed the course and simply made a new more advanced Nook with over a hundred new features, while Amazon chartered new waters with a completely new UI, borrowed hardware, plenty of advertising and a great low price.
My money is on B&N, good job guy’s.