Barnes & Noble releases 8GB Nook Tablet for $199

When Barnes & Noble first released the Nook Tablet in November, it had 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot, something that Amazon’s Kindle Fire lacked, but B&N’s slate was $50 more, making the Kindle Fire look a little more attractive, even with only 8GB and no memory card slot. However, Barnes & Noble finally got the memo and officially outed an 8GB version of its Nook Tablet, priced at the same $199 as Amazon’s offering.

The 8GB Nook Tablet still has the microSD slot that can be found on the 16GB version, but B&N decided to cut the RAM in half to 512MB, which matches the Kindle Fire.

B&N’s new version of their Nook Tablet makes the battle with the Kindle Fire much more of a fair fight, and it might turn the tables on which tablet looks the most tempting to buy. Both slates are now almost identical, but you have to admit that the SD card slot on the Nook Tablet is something that can’t be overlooked. With the prices of memory cards so low, 32GB of added storage space would be a great upgrade to any tablet. However, Amazon’s ecosystem is something that B&N will have a hard time replicating, especially with Amazon Prime being the forefront of that ecosystem.

The original $250 16GB (with 1GB of RAM) Nook Tablet will still be available if you’re wanting to spend $50 more to get B&N’s top tiered tablet. The original Nook Color is now selling for just $169. Although, just an extra $30 will bump you up to the new 8GB Nook Tablet.

If you had to choose between Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which one would get your $200?


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