Barnes and Noble hasn’t given up on its Nook tablets—fairly the opposite, in actual fact. Final month, the bookseller debuted its largest Android studying pill but, a $129, 10.1-inch slab with room for as much as 256GB of storage. And at present, Barnes and Noble got here out with one other, rather more inexpensive pill: an up to date model of its two-year-old, 7-inch Nook that prices solely $49.
The brand new Nook seems to be practically equivalent to the earlier mannequin, which was the smallest Nook when it got here out a few years in the past. The black slate has a 7-inch, 1024×600 show on it, in addition to a microUSB port for charging, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. The unique pill had a mere 8GB of onboard storage, however the brand new machine begins at 16GB. With the microSD card slot, you’ll be able to have as much as 128GB of complete storage—sufficient to assist quite a few e-books and a good variety of Android apps.
As well as, the pill has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth assist, front- and rear-facing cameras (the previous being a VGA digicam and the latter being a 2MP shooter), and as much as seven hours of battery life on a single cost. It is actually not probably the most succesful Android pill, however at $49, it is one of the vital inexpensive obtainable.
The Nook comes with connection to the Google Play Retailer, permitting customers to put in Android apps. This makes the machine extra versatile than Amazon’s Fireplace tablets. These units can solely obtain apps from Amazon’s personal app retailer natively, although customers have discovered work-arounds to get Google Play onto Fireplace tablets as nicely.
Nooks primarily function Barnes and Noble’s e-readers even when the provision of Android and Google Play expands their capabilities. The bookseller has confronted stiff competitors through the years from Amazon within the e-reader house, a lot in order that it solely has one Kindle Paperwhite-esque machine nonetheless obtainable: the Nook GlowLight three. At this time, the corporate faces much more competitors with Kobo coming again to the US with assist from Walmart.
Barnes and Noble has a greater diversity of Nook Android tablets now that give customers entry to its e-bookstore and its Goodreads-like neighborhood app referred to as the Browsery. The corporate could also be hoping to undercut Amazon and Kobo on value: Kindles begin at $79, whereas Kobo e-readers begin at $119. Whereas Kindles can hit $49 at sure factors all year long, Barnes and Noble might be able to appeal to customers who desire a low-cost Android pill that may function each an e-reader and a portal to the Google Play Retailer.
The brand new 7-inch Nook pill is offered at present at Barnes and Noble shops and on-line.