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8GB vs 16GB Nook Tablet

The Nook Tablet has proven to be a real player in the affordable tablet marketplace.  What started out as a cool gadget for only the hard core, read-a-book-a-week types, has had to evolve in order to keep up.  Simply provided and completely functional e-reader to store and read your favorite books is no longer enough.  That’s because the new generation of tablet computing does that and a whole lot more.  It’s needs to connect wirelessly to the internet, have a color screen, touch screens are preferred, and it better have some gaming functionality.

Barnes & Noble decided to “go all in” and released their 8GB and 16GB Nook Tablets.  It has proven to be a great option in the competitive $200 dollar range tablet market.  So if you’ve decided you like what the new Nook Tablets have to offer, the next question is, do you buy the 8GB or spring for the 16GB model.

Well, at a first glance, both options are going to pretty much give you the same tablet.  Here is whats the same:

  • Same Operating System (Android 2.3)
  • Same Dimensions (Length 8.1″, Width 5″)
  • Same weight (400g)
  • Same connectivity options (WiFi: 802.11b/g/n, USB: Version 2.0, High-speed)
  • Same speakers
  • Same CPU Processor (Dual Core Ti OMAP 4430 @ 1GHz)
  • Same Display (600 x 1024 pixels, 169 PPI, 16 million colors, and 16:9 Aspect Ration)

So what’s the difference?  Well, there are only a few key differences but they are important.  As the names suggest of course, one offers 16GB of storage while the other offers only 8GB of storage.  But the other important difference is in the RAM (Random Access Memory).  Of course everything a computer or tablet displays to you on the screen will require some use of temporary storage and that’s where the RAM comes into play.  So in very simple terms, the more RAM your device has the more multitasking your device can do and the better equipped it is to handle heavier tasks, such as larger or more demanding apps or video.  The difference in RAM between the 8GB and 16GB models is about half.  The 8GB model offers 512Mb of RAM while the 16GB model offers 1GB of RAM.  It’s not enough of a difference to effect how well the e-reader works but it’s enough of a difference that you would notice some difference in speed when it comes to running certain apps on the tablets.  The difference in price is about $50 with the 8GB model going for about $200 and the 16GB model going for about $250. You’ll may want to check out each and compare them side-by-side before making a purchase and you will definitlely want to look for a coupon before ordering a nook.  The frugaldad.com is a pretty consistent source for online deals and they do have some Barnes and Noble coupons.

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