Yes, this is what I was waiting for. Barnes and Noble announced today that they are releasing a full color tablet on November 18th. Huzzah! This is me doing my happy dance.
It’s a nice tablet. No, it’s not a full tablet, but neither is the Kindle Fire, and it definitely one-ups the Fire. It’s got a 1GHz dual-core processor like the Fire, but it’s got a full gig of RAM, which you need with a good processor. The Nook Tablet (really, tablet, that’s all you’ve got?) is also on Gingerbread. Touting 11.5 hours of battery life for reading and 8 hours with continues HD video, it looks pretty sweet. Plus it weighs less than a pound. Oh and it’s 50 bucks more than the Fire, but I’m okay with that. No, really. I was looking at an Archos 80 G9 for about $320, so it’s not that bad of a deal. In fact, it’s nice.
All in all, I’m excited. I get to support my favorite bookstore (I’ll be buying my tablet locally as well) and it’s a nice piece of equipment for a great price. And, eventually, I imagine I’ll be able to flash it and throw Honeycomb on there, or if I wait long enough, I’ll be able to buy one with Honeycomb. Nice one B&N!
OH, FYI, one drawback, their “Online chat” is pretty worthless. I jumped in to see if one of their reps could answer a few questions for me and it was pretty much like talking to a computer. So done with that. Not sure how their customer service will fair over the phone, but then, if I flash it, I probably won’t have to worry about it.