The tablet market got another shakeup today, with Barnes & Noble unveiling its new Nooks: the HD and the HD+. They come just a few weeks after Amazon showed off its new Kindle Fire HD line, which set a new standard in tablet value and performance. But which will buyers prefer?
Just like the Kindle Fire HD tablets, the new Nooks emphasize media consumption (including a new B+N video service), sport high-resolution displays and pack well-performing processors. However, the Nook line doesn't include any cameras (so no video chatting), although the devices are thinner and lighter (Here's a full spec comparison).
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Amazon shocked many with the $299 starting price for its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, but Barnes & Noble beat it with the 9-inch Nook HD+ at $269.
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Of course, there's also the 800-pound tablet gorilla in the room: the iPad. Regardless of the price of a competing tablet, the iPad has massive appeal thanks to its longer lineage and robust ecosystem. It may cost significantly more, but that's a sacrifice many are willing to make for the most popular tablet on the market.
Now that we've seen the latest from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which one do you like better? Or is it all about the iPad for you? Vote in our poll, and let us know the reasons behind your choice in the comments.
Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
With the Nook HD+, Barnes & Noble both takes on the iPad and gives the recently unveiled Kindle Fire HD tablets a serious competitor. The big-size Nook tablet is priced at $269 for the 16GB model and $299 for 32GB. It's also 2.8 ounces lighter than the Kindle Fire HD, but it doesn't have any cameras.
This story originally published on Mashable here.