19 Replies Latest reply: Oct 14, 2012 4:02 PM by Alex Garcia

    Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB

    Alex Garcia

      Hi Everyone,

       

      We’re really excited to welcome another member to the NOOK family: NOOK Tablet – 8GB* is available starting today for just $199 online and in-stores. This new version of our fastest and lightest tablet offers the great features of our top-selling NOOK Tablet – 16GB, but with 8GB of on-board memory, 512MB of RAM and a lower cost.

       

      For all of the details on this exciting new NOOK Tablet, please read our full press release here.

       

      *5GB for content, of which 1GB is reserved for NOOK Store content

        • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
          flyingtoastr

          BN_AlexG wrote:

           

          *5GB for content, of which 1GB is reserved for NOOK Store content



          Old partition scheme? Waaaaa

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              roustabout

              The partitioning is very interesting - will there be cards at the stores that permit a rearrangement to 4G for BN + 1 G for sideloads, as with the NC? 

               

              I completely understand the arrangement set up at launch, as head to head competition against the Fire given the reviews that dinged the initial storage layout, but unless the NT os is able to install or move apps to /media or /sdcard I think there will be customers running out of storage fairly quickly. (Do we already have the ability to move stuff around and I was unaware of it?) 

               

              If there  a repartitioning card is made, I hope that BN will also consider a card for the 16 G NT which does a very similar thing - that is, allocates 4G for BN content, but in the case of the 16G tablet, leaves ~10 G for /media. 

               

              I set that partitioning up on mine, and I'm very pleased - in no small part because it helps out with battery life quite a bit.  I'm not sure why, but with the SD card mounted my NT has much worse battery life.  (Even after I repartitioned the internal storage.) 

                • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                  Omnigeek

                  Why Nook Tablet 8 GB rather than calling it Nook Color 2 (or 1.5 since some people think the Nook Tablet is a Nook Color 2.0)?

                   

                  It sounds like this was a pretty easy way to tackle Amazon head-on but B&N needs to work on the marketing and apps availability if that's what they want to do.

                   

                  I love all my Nooks but I'm scratching my head over this one.

              • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB (Color-$169!)
                gb18

                Even better......the Color down to $169!

                  • Nook Color w/ B&N coupon = $119
                    DeanGibson

                    gb18 wrote:

                    Even better......the Color down to $169!


                    Unless you saved one of the USPS mail coupons (sent to some B&N membership card holders) that offer $50 off a new Nook Color through the end of this month.

                     

                    Then it's $119 (brand new, warranty, etc), or 30% off.  That's VERY tempting as a backup ...

                  • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                    Gonziago

                    I really like this, however with all the rumors I hear going around, I'm wondering if I should wait until the next reader/tablet is announced before making any purchases.

                     

                    Meh, on second thought, it looks like you have also downgraded the RAM.  I think I will pass on this.

                    • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                      EllenKeiff

                      So since I am the owner of a NT, am I able to take mine into a store and have it repartioned accordingly?

                      • Great business decision

                        This is a great decision from B&N.  Their hardware was better with the 16 gig nook tablet, but this is going to be lost on a lot of users and they will only see that the kindle fire is $50 less.  

                         

                        Interesting how many versions of tablets are being released, to cater to the different needs of each type of consumer.

                         

                        I still think they need to allow access to the android store again (same thing everybody says) because one of the biggest differences between the fire and nook is that amazon has a huge head start on the number of apps they make avaliable.

                         

                        I got a nook tablet, and my mom got the kindle fire.  My step-dad is considering which one to get.. and he apparently read an article that said the fire is "the clear winner".  He couldn't be more wrong, but all the nook tablet needs is app access to be awesome.

                         

                        In my opinion, B&N just needs to focus their lower-end readers (the e-ink nooks) into their book store, and leave tablets with a more open software system, which people can use for multiple purposes.  (book reading AND playing games from the market etc.)

                         

                        A lot of people who buy the nook tablet, if it had access to the android market, would still shop at B&N for their books and many apps  just because it is more accessable.

                         

                        I also really like that we can get a re-partition of our hard drive in store for our 16 gig nooks!  Smart move, but hopefully there will be a way to do this remotely for people who don't have easy access to physical stores.

                         

                        The closest B&N is about 2 hours from me

                         

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                          So when will B&N decide to unlock the storage on the original NT? This new 8GB NT is a much better deal at $199 then my 16GB NT was at $249 - I still only have 1GB of "user content storage" available to me, perhaps the the original should be renamed Nook Shaft.

                            • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                              BrassMonkey

                              Popsinator wrote:

                              So when will B&N decide to unlock the storage on the original NT? This new 8GB NT is a much better deal at $199 then my 16GB NT was at $249 - I still only have 1GB of "user content storage" available to me, perhaps the the original should be renamed Nook Shaft.


                               

                              you'll be able to repartition the original 16 gig tablet in march. You'll be able to have 5 gigs for b&n content and 8 gigs for your sideloaded content. This will be done for you in he brick and morter stores according to b&n.
                            • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                              Reisnice
                              I don't think the NT8 is all that bad of a move, although the specs might be a little too close to differentiate them, and they take up twice as much retail space to display and stock. I've probably sold 2 or3 NTs to fellow customers at the local Best Buy store, simply by explaining the advantages of having the SDcard, if you wanted to travel and take your movies with you. I was perfectly honest about the pros/cons of the Az store vs the Nook's store &Netflix. But it was a big jump in many people's minds to feel that the extras that they couldn't see plus the SDcard were worth $50. With no price difference, it wouldn't have been a 2 minute conversation unless they already subscribed to Amazon Prime.
                                • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                                  BruceMcF

                                  Reisnice wrote:
                                  I don't think the NT8 is all that bad of a move, although the specs might be a little too close to differentiate them, and they take up twice as much retail space to display and stock. I've probably sold 2 or3 NTs to fellow customers at the local Best Buy store, simply by explaining the advantages of having the SDcard, if you wanted to travel and take your movies with you. I was perfectly honest about the pros/cons of the Az store vs the Nook's store &Netflix. But it was a big jump in many people's minds to feel that the extras that they couldn't see plus the SDcard were worth $50. With no price difference, it wouldn't have been a 2 minute conversation unless they already subscribed to Amazon Prime.

                                  As far as the narrow difference, they seemed to have swapped down to the only lower cost parts they could in the short term to shave a few dollars off the manufacturing cost without coming in under Amazon's tablet on any row of the spec sheets, changing the board design or requiring a rewrite of stock software.

                                   

                                  So I agree that it is a bit narrow, but since the NT8G price is a lot more aggressive than the NT16G price, if even 10% or 20% of NT buyers opt for the bigger storage and better RAM (or can be upsold for bigger storage and better RAM), that would probably be enough to justify the decision to hold onto the original NT16G and do their price-matching with a "budget-version" of the NT design. And of course, adding a "budget version" to come down to the Fire price and some of the Fire specs is also a way of underlining, "really, this one over here is more expensive because it is more capable than Amazon's tablet.

                                   

                                  However, if its possible to keep the same board design and step up to 32G flash, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the NT16G replaced by an NT32G in XMas2012.  Indeed, there was talk B&N working toward a media download store of some kind in 2012 when the NT was first introduced in November 2011. If they do get that up and running, then more onboard flash storage is a substantial selling point.

                                   

                                  Everything contingent on what people show they are willing to buy and what Amazon does in the meantime, of course.

                                • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                                  LindaJ_BN

                                  Wonder if some of you could give me an honest opinion.  I've never had an eReader and after doing a LOT of research and checking all the respected sites like PCMagazine, CNet, etc., (trying to decide between the Kindle Fire, the Nook 16GB Tablet and a regular tablet but with BOTH Amazon and B&N apps), I decided on the Nook Tablet -- which was considerably more affordable than other tablets.  But I definitely wanted more than just a basic reader.

                                   

                                  I was all set to buy, and then I saw the fine print about the change coming on March 12, 2012.   Now ... please forgive me ... but not being a computer person AT ALL, does this change do anything to increase the NT's flexibility and make it more tablet-like?  Or will it restrict the device even more?  

                                   

                                  I'm starting to think I might be unhappy with a Nook Tablet -- even though it's their top of the line model -- down the road, because eventually I'll want apps that B&N won't allow access to.  It seems to be the biggest drawback when comparing the Nook and the Kindle.

                                   

                                  One more thing ... I can probably wait until the end of the year ... and I'm wondering if there's any chance B&N will be coming out with a "new and improved" model that will solve some of these issues?

                                   

                                  Thanks to anyone willing to weigh in on this!

                                  • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                                    Reisnice

                                    I'm starting to think that the real purpose behind the NT8 is that BN saw a sales bump for the NC once they dropped the price to $200, even with the superior NT being only $50 more. I was in Target yesterday, and they had NCs on sale for$169. That tells me that BN is nearly out of their last manufacturing run of NCs, and still wanted a product at that price point. I'm sure software, etc. Is simpler, ongoing, with 2 models so similar, rather than ordering another run of NCs. I don't know if it means anything or not, but the store had NCs and Kindles in stock, but the shelf space for NT boxes was empty. They had one on display, though.

                                      • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB
                                        BruceMcF

                                        Reisnice wrote:

                                        I was in Target yesterday, and they had NCs on sale for$169.


                                        That's the new Nook Color pricing, announced at the same time as the NT-8GB was announced. If Target was treating it as a sale price, it means they think the price is low enough that they can persuade shoppers that its a special discount and they better hurry up and buy if they want one.

                                         


                                        Reisnice wrote:

                                        I'm sure software, etc. Is simpler, ongoing, with 2 models so similar, rather than ordering another run of NCs.


                                        They also could be looking to cost cutting that they can do to the Nook Color to hit the $150 price point, now that the Nook Color is established as the "budget color reader" line.

                                         

                                        The most expensive part of a tablet is the display, and the Nook Color display being a generation behind will account for a good chunk of the $30 price difference, but if there's an available less expensive alternative 1024x600 display, they could be aiming for the $150 price point. They'll have some notion of the appeal at that price point, as that was where they were selling the refurbished Nook Colors between the introduction of the NT-16GB and the introduction of the NT-8GB.

                                         

                                      • Re: Introducing NOOK Tablet - 8GB

                                        I bought one last week.  I really like it.  As a long time user of mobile devices, I really like it.  The only complaint I have is the lack of apps.  Too bad those that create Android tablets like the nook don't open them up to what is now Google Play.  I lhave aDroid phone and love the large number of apps I can get from Google. 

                                         

                                        I just bought a 16 Gig MicroSD card yesterday to add to my NT 8GB.  I may put Android for Nook system on it tonight.