After appearing for the first time late last week, the Nook Tablet has finally been made official by Barnes & Noble. A successor to the Nook Color, this tablet will be making its debut on November 17th for a mere $250.
The exterior of the Tablet is the same as the Color, so there's nothing spectacular there. But like with most other things, it's what's on the inside that counts, and that's where the new Nook shines. There's a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a beautiful 7-inch IPS display at a resolution of 1024 x 600.
More important than the specs, though, is what the Tablet can achieve in every day use. The (assumedly) large battery is capable of pushing nine straight hours of 1080p video playback, which is incredibly special considering how bad some batteries can get.
You'll probably want that big battery, too, since the Nook packs a highly-specialized version of the Netflix app for what Barnes & Noble is calling the deepest level of Netflix integration on any device ever.
On top of the hardware/software combination inside the device itself, B&N also announced the Nook Cloud service. Details are scarce, but one can only guess it will store your books, bookmarks, music, videos, and other media.
For $250, the Nook Tablet seems to be a pretty great buy. My suggestion is to seriously think about this over its closest competition, the Amazon Kindle Fire. For $50 extra, the Nook gives you about twice the value for your money over the Fire.
Interested? You should probably place your order, then, since preorders started and they're sure to sell like mad.[Preorder | Barnes & Noble]