Okay, right off the bat I’ll admit I’m biased towards my Nook Color. I’m kind of piqued B&N dropped my purchase price of $249 to $199, but that’s okay — I still love my machine. On the high side, the Nook Color software update Version 1.4 will be available soon. With every update B&N turns on new features and offers new apps… I can’t wait to see what this software update will bring.
That being said, let’s look at what’s been going on in the ebook world! Wow! Amazon rolls out the Kindle Fire at $199. B&N drops the price of the Nook Color to $199 and introduces the Nook Tablet at $249. Kobo, not to be outdone, introduces the “Vox” also selling for $199. Samsung introduces their powerful Galaxy Tab 7.0 at $350 (which is the only one, excluding the iPad2, I’ve noticed with front and rear cameras). The iPad2, which can’t really be classified as an ereader, is selling for $499.
The prices for dedicated ereaders have plummeted as well! The original Kindle is now $79, and the Kindle Touch is $99. The Nook Simple Touch is now only $99. The Kobo Touch and the Kobo WiFi are both selling for $99 as well.
There are many more tablets and dedicated ereaders available, but I’ve tried to limit this article to those that scored at least four out of five stars on consumer reviews.
The new stuff is out there and available for purchase, but I recommend you wait a week or two to see how the reviews go. People are already complaining about how slow the Kindle Fire loads web pages… It seems the Amazon Cloud isn’t working as well as expected, but that might just be something that can be worked out with a tweak or two… And who knows what’s going to be offered to us on Black Friday! All the retailers are going to be competing for our money! This is going to be good!