Barnes & Noble has a problem. It's not software. It's not hardware. It's Amazon.
B&N Nook Tablet, successor to the underground hit Nook Color, is a
terrific tablet, with a vibrant screen, a speedy CPU and a nice offering
of books and other media. If you buy it, especially for reading, or
streaming from your Netflix video or Pandora music accounts, you'll
likely be quite happy. For $250, it's hard to find a nicer media-focused
7-inch Android tablet.
But there's a war on.
Amazon didn't have a tablet when people were snapping up Nook Colors (or
is that "Nooks Color"?). Now that it does, Amazon has priced its own
7-inch Kindle Fire deliberately low, at $199, and tied in a ton of
no-extra-charge videos and books from the $80-per-year Amazon Prime.
Amazon doesn't stop there: It also piles on new-release videos to buy or
rent, a cloud-based music player that you can upload your own music to,
an MP3 store and an Android app store that has already been powering
phones for half a year.