You’ve probably been checking out tablet PC comparison articles and news to see which tablet will be making it to your wish list this holiday season. Well, the holidays are indeed afoot, and tablet makers are timing their next gen releases for just that. Two players, Barnes and Noble and Amazon, are slated to release their contenders next week, and a lot of people are saying that the new releases are going to shake things up in the tablet wars. Let’s check out the latest tablet PC news on the subject, shall we?
Nook and Fire
The Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire are very similar with 7 inch capacitive touch screens, 1024 x 600 resolutions, 1 GHz dual core processors, and the number of file formats they support. The difference lies in the Nook Tablet’s built in internal memory of 16 GB and microSDHC slot that can extend storage space to 32 GB. The Nook also has bigger RAM at 1 GB. The Kindle Fire, on the other hand, features an 8 GB internal memory with no extension options and only 512 RAM. Battery life-wise, the Nook also comes out with the upper hand, as it promises up to 11.5 hours of reading and 9 hours of video playback. The Kindle Fire has enough juice for 8 hours of reading and 7.5 hours of video playback.
The Kindle Fire, however, beats the Nook Tablet in terms of price since the former (USD 199) will be USD 50 cheaper than the later (USD 249). The Fire also has a larger on-demand media library backing it up and a bigger app selection. Netflix will be integrated with Nook, though some tablet PC news sources say that the Fire will come with a Netflix app as well.
Analysts have taken their sides in the Nook and Fire head-to-head, and can’t seem to agree about the kind of impact the two affordable tablet PCs will have against the Apple iPad 2. With the iPad 3 still a thing of myth and rumor, these two may just shake up the market enough to cue Apple to lower the iPad 2’s retail price. Some say that Apple could just wait, see how the Nook and the Fire perform, release the iPad 3 next year and then lower the prices for its iPad 2. Either way, we’ll see how it all plays out in the coming months. Stay tuned for more tablet PC news and updates here.