I can’t get excited over the 7″ one. It looks fugly in pictures. Plus, the rumored iPad Mini will crush it and others of that size.
The Nook HD+ with its nine-inch screen interests me and here are the size numbers that matter:
Nook HD+ 9″: 9.5″ x 6.4″ x 0.5″ – 18.2 oz
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9: 9.1″ x 6.2″ x 0.34″ – 15.8 oz
Kindle Fire HD 8.9: 9.4″ x 6.4″ x 0.35″ – 20 oz
Archos 80 G9: 8.90″ x 6.11″ x 0.46″ – 17 oz
Significantly taller than the Archos 80 but not too much more than the Galaxy Tab 8.9. That could be a very nice size.
What interests me is rooting it. We won’t know until XDA Developers get their hands on it and can tell us if there’s a locked bootloader (there probably is).
Barnes & Noble’s NookColor sales were boosted by all the people who didn’t give a damn about Barnes & Noble and just wanted a cheap seven-inch Android tablet. Rooting drove a large part of sales, not content. The same will likely hold true for the HD+, if rooting is not too complex an operation. In this respect, it’ll be a horse race between the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and the Nook HD+. The easiest rooting method could win.
Given the prices of these and other recent tablets, it makes me wonder what Apple’s price will be for the iPad Mini.
At any rate, all of these new entrants spell doom for cheap tablet floggers such as Coby, Velocity Micro (Cruz), and the rest. They now have zero reason to exist. And Archos simply has no chance at all in the U.S. now.
Finally, could the Nook HD+ be a target tablet for Open webOS? We’ll have to see. My fingers will be crossed in hope.
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