Now the iPad 2 has another new contender in addition to the Kindle Fire. The color Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble features a 7” color touchscreen that will display HD video, books, apps, and more. The battery is good for 9 hours of video and the new Nook will hook up to your Netflix and/or Hulu Plus accounts. Coming from Barnes & Noble it’s obviously also targeted at readers and over 2.5 million titles can be downloaded over the high speed Wi-Fi connection. As you’d expect with a tablet you can browse the web, listen to music, check your email, and etc. The Nook Tablet is powered by a 1Ghz processor and has 16 GB of storage (which can be upgraded to 32 GB w/ an SD card). Just in time for the holidays, it ships Nov 18th.
GET IT: $249
After seeing one of these iPad cases today, it was clear that we missed something in our coverage of the iPad 2. The DODOcase from iPad 2 is hand made using traditional book binding techniques. While it feels like a quality book while carrying, the case is molded perfectly for the device and even props your iPad in two positions. Both stylish and functional, it is designed with angles appropriate for both typing and video functionality, as well as for easy in and easy out for the use of the new rear facing camera feature.
GET IT: $60
Featuring a full color 7″ touch screen display and attractive $199 price point, the Kindle Fire may be the first device to put a dent in the iPad’s dominant tablet market share. Compatible with popular apps, the Fire will also allow you to surf the web, watch movies, read books, listen to music and more. Best of all, you can forget about storing all your media – it links up to Amazon Cloud storage at no extra charge. Releasing November 15th it is now available for pre-order and we suspect it to fly off the shelves, so order yours now if you’re interested.
GET IT: $199
If you’ve invested in a new iPad 2, check out Apple’s Smart Cover iPad 2 case. Built-in magnets draw the Smart Cover to iPad for a perfect fit that not only protects, but also wakes up, stands up, and brightens up your iPad. With the smart cover you can angle your iPad 2 for a better typing position or prop it up for watching videos. Best of all, it’s ultra-thin, keeping your iPad 2 the way it should be – sleek.
On March 11th the wildly successful Apple iPad gets a tune up. The iPad 2 is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than the original, has a 1GHz dual-core A5 processor, and boasts a 10 hour battery life. One major difference is the presence of two cameras, so you can chat with friends on FaceTime, record HD video, and interact with augmented reality. Whether you use it to read, surf the web, play games, or chat with friends – iPad 2 offers something for everyone. Available with 16GB to 64GB in storage, Wi-Fi or 3G (both Verizon & at&t). $499-$829.
Despite cynicism from many folks before it’s launch, the Apple iPad has been a home run. Naturally, other electronics and computer manufactures are following suit with their own brands of tablets. The Motorola XOOM, which is slated for a launch sometime in Q1 of 2011 looks to be a worthy contender. Running off the new Android 3.0 (a.k.a. Honeycomb) the 10.1″ HD widescreen XOOM features a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, 32 GB of storage, front and rear cameras, HD video recording and more. The exact date and price of the XOOM is highly anticipated, as are the specs of the second generation iPad. It’s going to be an interesting year for the tablet.