Monday, June 18, 2012

Geeky Gadget: Nook Tablet

I've heard a lot of "blah blah blah Kindle Fire blah blah blah iPad blah blah blah best options for blah blah blah" lately.Well, for a while now, I've been interested in getting the Nook Tablet.

Well, my wife gave me a nice surprise this weekend and got me the Nook Tablet for Father's Day. It definitely made for a fun day. Of course, I downloaded free games and my 5yo took it over, but still, I'll get time to play with it...I hope.

Here are a couple of my thoughts on the tablets: you have the iPad, still the #1 most popular out there. The Kindle Fire is doing its best to maintain its popularity in the world of Android. And as much as I wouldn't turn my nose up at either of those, I still preferred Barnes & Nobles version of this ereader competition.

One big advantage for the Nook Tablet is it can come in either 8gb or 16gb and both are expandable up to 32gb of memory. Kindle Fire is only available in 8gb, but (from what I've learned) you can use (for a fee) the Cloud network, which has a pretty vast storage.

Even though I'm sure it's available elsewhere, there's a Dropbox app on the Nook that technically has given me more space.

Disadvantages? Of course, this wouldn't be reality if there weren't any downside.

B&N is pretty limited in its app selections. There aren't too many free ones (even demo ones at that). Also, it doesn't have an app for YouTube (which is kinda surprising since YouTube's everywhere, but I guess its free service isn't agreeable to B&N.)

To me, B&N has become the new "little guy" in an ever changing economy. Amazon and Kindle are constantly at the top of their markets. B&N is the lone mass bookstore now that Borders is gone and B. Dalton's and Waldenbooks are names of yesterday's mall.

So, as much as I was disappointed in what my Tablet couldn't do, I'm really excited for all the things it can do. Can't wait for more time to play/read.

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