There's a new line in the sand drawn for 7-inch tablet pricing, and that number is $199.
Barnes & Noble and Amazon were already locked in a fierce rivalry in the "bargain tablet" space with the $249 Nook Tablet and the $199 Kindle Fire. Barnes & Noble delivered better specs for that $50 premium (double the RAM, double the storage, and a microSD expansion slot). But now B&N has removed the price difference between the two products by releasing a new step-down Nook Tablet that levels the
playing field on both specs--halving the internal storage and the internal memory to match that of the Kindle Fire--and price, dropping $50 to match Amazon's single 7-inch color tablet product.
Barnes & Noble is also tweaking how much of the storage space on the Nook models is available to users for "side-loading" their own local content (think movies and music). It was formerly limited to 1GB of space before the user was required to add an SD card. It's detailed and nerdy, but that small change could well be the tipping point for some potential buyers when making a purchasing decision. (See below for more details.)
The Nook Tablet.
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