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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

November 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Nook Tablet unveiled, the Fire-fighter

Barnes & Noble today unveiled its new Nook Tablet, a $249 media tablet that’s going head-to-head against Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire this holiday season.

BN began taking pre-orders today for the tablet, which is expected to be in stores late next week.

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Both tablets have 7-in. displays, dual-core processors, Wi-Fi and a foundation in their company’s e-reading devices.

While Amazon is relying on its streaming media services to light up the Fire, BN is emphasizing third-party services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Rhapsody, MOG and Pandora, which are preloaded with free trials.

BN’s tablet doesn’t have the advanced Silk browser, but it supports more document formats, including Adobe’s ePUB format. BN’s special sauce apparently is its “VividView” display that the company calls “the world’s finest screen for readability and viewing content.”

The Nook Tablet looks like a slightly larger version of the Nook Color e-reader, which is getting a $50 price cut and is now $199. BN also cut the price of its touchscreen Nook Simple Touch to $99.

BN said its tablet weighs 14.1 ounces — 10 percent lighter than its Nook Color and “one-third lighter than the leading tablet.” It claims 11.5 hours of battery life when reading or nine hours viewing video.

So what’s your preference — the Whopper or the Big Mac?

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