Although apparently the new Nook video is not all that B&N claims; see Nook’s Specs Are Exaggerated, Again (NYT)
The big surprise here is the remarkable quality of the Nook Tablet’s video screen. It’s smaller than the iPad’s, of course, but every bit as sharp. And it is far superior to the screen on the Fire. I launched Netflix on both tablets, and streamed an episode of “Mad Men,’’ the prettiest show on TV. It wasn’t even close; the Nook Tablet had sharper resolution and richer colors.
Still, you would probably be happy with either the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet, each an inexpensive, solid device that makes it easy to buy e-books, music, movies, and more. At these prices, Amazon and B&N may be losing money on these gadgets; but it costs a lot to open new retail stores, and that’s what they’re doing, one tablet at a time.