This week, the tablet market has been compressed to just a handful of choices. The iPad 2 still rules the high end ($500 and above), but the “e-reader as tablet” option now looms large in the sub-$250 range, with the $199 Kindle Fire going mano a mano with the $249 Nook Tablet.
The kindle fire on Amazon has been for sale and shipping, and the Nook Tablet will follow as soon as tomorrow, a few days earlier than originally expected.
The Nook Color was released by Barnes & Noble last year at the same $249 price. Back then, a 7-inch color e-reader that could run apps as well as read color books and magazines, and even play movies and music, was a revelation.
With the Fire on the horizon, Barnes & Noble knew it had to up the ante. Thus, 2011′s Nook Tablet takes the basic (more…)