Nook Tablet

Not content with letting that ... other tablet ... ship a day early, Barnes & Noble's dropped word that its new Nook Tablet -- be sure to check out our hands-on -- also has shipped a day early. In addition to being lovingly bludgeoned by it as soon as you enter one of BN's 700 brick-and-mortar stores, you can pick one up at Target, Radio Shack, OfficeMax, QVC, PC Richards, Fry's and hhgregg, or online, of course.

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Nook Tablet shipping a day early, too

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There is an SD card slot.

On a side note. I'm so disappointed in the geek culture these days. Everyone is flying off the handle about every little detail. Just relax, it will be fine.

I am aware of the SD slot. I currently own two Nooks: the original 3G and the Nook Color.

I've been an enthusiastic advocate of the Nook in the past. I appreciated the fact that Barnes & Noble offered a device open enough that one never had to purchase a single book from them in order to use it. Rather than being a hardware shopping portal like the Kindle, it was open enough without having to hack it that it could be considered an actual e-reader. The Nook Color also received a lot of positive press based on its hackability.

I view this as a step away from their previous flexibility and, thus, the loss of a selling point for me. I had purchased books from B&N as a means of thanking them for putting the customer first, but I certainly won't reward them for locking me out of my own storage space. I'm not leasing the hardware from them.

I hope that Android Central will publicize this issue and begin its spread around the 'net. B&N can't afford bad publicity in this prime holiday shopping season when it's the Kindle Fire vs. the Nook Tablet, so it would be an opportune time to apply pressure for the benefit of the consumer.

* Books should be DRM free.
* E-readers should be e-readers.
* Media should be offered at a competitive price so that people are not tempted to pirate.

It's not locking you out of your storage space.

If you're using it stock, all the apps you get from B&N will use the space. if you want to add more of your own content then put it on a card.

If you're semi-hacking and trying to side-load the whole market, yes you'll have a possible problem. And from what I've read so far, I'm not sure this IS a problem.

If you're going to mod it, this is a non-issue.

We don't have to trumpet from the mountain tops, OMG! THE NOOK'S LOCKING ME OUT!

I don't feel I should have to hack it in order to use every kilobyte of the storage I purchased. Maybe I've bought books from Kobo or another store; maybe I've downloaded some public domain titles from Feedbooks ... whatever I'm putting in there, it's my space, and I shouldn't have to purchase a SD card when there's 15 GB available on the device itself. Barnes & Noble doesn't own that space once I've paid them hard-earned money to bring it home.

No one can say that it is better for the consumer for that space to be closed. The only entity that benefits from it is, in theory, Barnes & Noble.

It's my right to support businesses that produce consumer-friendly products, and to encourage those that do not to change their ways. It is your right to support whomever you choose as well.

I respectfully agree to disagree.

Don't! But it's amazing that people only see imagined 'problems' They probably bought the Kindle Fire already, but want the Nook Tablet and want 'reasons' to justify the Fire. If they had looked into the specs of the Fire they would have seen that it has 8GB internal memory with 6GB available for user content. Period. Zero external memory ability. Period. However, the Nook Tablet as we know has the 16GB internal with 1 GB reserved, 3GB for the OS, and 12 GB for B&N content (ebooks, video, apps, etc) Well I'll take that 12 GB (twice as much as the Fire) and add an 8 GB card that I have sitting around and buy a 32 GB when I find a Black Friday deal or Christmas sale in the next 6 weeks! Then when a stable rom comes out in a few months, I'll have full use of most of the internal memory, Or I may be happy enough with the way the Nook Tablet is and use it as is!

I wouldn't buy the Kindle Fire if you paid me to do so. I'm aware of its limitations. Like I say, I own two Nooks, and I've been happy with both of them.

All I'm saying is that the Nook has been a more open device in its previous incarnations for "middlebrow" tech users (non-hackers), and I don't like seeing the Nook Tablet moving away from that. I feel that, as the purchaser, I should be the one who decides what content I store on my e-reader. Barnes and Noble should not try to dictate that.

I'm trying to encourage openness/pro-consumer hardware, rather than reinforcing walled gardens. That's all. My motives are pure. :)

I don't think this is new for the Nook; is it? Seems like I heard that's the way it was with the NOOKcolor as well.

If that's so, then in all the time I've been paying attention to Nook news (and I stay pretty attuned through tech sites, news, and reader-specific areas like the Nook blog, the Nook forums on Goodreads, etc), that's the very first I've heard of it. Do you happen to have a review source that confirms or denies this?

Android Central, it sounds like some testing for confirmation would be very helpful indeed.

Right on the spec page for the NC at B&N.

Scroll down to the section that talks about the memory and note the raised 6 beside the 8GB. Then scroll on down to the bottom of the page where you'll find the footnotes in light gray. The sixth note says: 1GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity may be less. Approximately 6GB available to store content, of which up to 5GB may be reserved for content purchased from the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store.

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On the spec page for the NTab at B&N, you'll see the same kind of information. Beside the figure for the memory you'll see a footnote. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and the footnote says: 1GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity may be less. Approximately 13GB available to store content, of which up to 12GB may be reserved for content purchased from the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store.

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-color-barnes-noble/1100437663

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-tablet-barnes-noble/1104687969

Hmm. Now I'm really confused. Well, first, before I explain why I'm confused, let me thank you for calling this to my attention. I appreciate it, I truly do.

I'm confused because I don't know what "may be reserved" really means in this case. The phrasing implies "can be" - like the books you download can potentially take up that much memory. But does that mean is/will? I mean, if there isn't B&N content filling that space, will other content be blocked from utilizing it? It doesn't say "is reserved," which I would take as blocking other content from filling the space.

And now I'd really like to know why some review site hasn't mentioned this before now and called it to people's attention. :(

I detest fine print. :(

I don't like fine print either. And to confuse matters even further, I've been told on a couple of other boards that the NC was not partitioned this way originally. Originally, 5GB out of its 8 could be used for non-B&N content. The change appears to have occurred somewhere around this past May. So it's not a surprise that this particular fact about the NC isn't very well known. It wasn't an issue at the time of the original reviews.

And my understanding from those same discussions elsewhere is that it's definitely partitioned that way now. No maybes about it.

All things created equal (Read: running CM7 [or better yet CM9]) which one should I get. Fire or NT? Decisions, decisions. guess I will wait and see. All I really want is a livingroom tablet for playing with.

The Nook has double the RAM and a better CPU (maybe GPU too, didn't look into it). You have to decide if that is worth the $50 premium for a Nook. I'd probably go Nook, Android just works better with extra RAM.

I'd prefer a black bezel though.

Next week is Black Friday - loads of stores will have the Nook Tablet for $199, so that $50 difference goes away (for a short time, at least). Hopefully we'll hear stories about OneClickRoot, adb access, and source code uploads for the Nook Tablet as quickly as we did about the Kindle Fire.

Personally, I'm looking at getting the Barnes & Noble tablet as a way of supporting B&N's stance of actually standing up to the patent extortion that Microsoft is practicing these days.

So, do I: A, keep my Nook Color, B, Buy a Nook Tab now, or C, wait until custom roms come out and then buy a Nook Tab?