Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble tablets get maps before Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble is skipping out on Google Maps for tablets and is partnering instead with Berlin-based mobile map company skobbler. skobbler’s ForeverMap 2 app is available in the Nook store today, and Nook will open up to location-based app developers later this year.

Barnes & Noble considers spin-off of Nook business

Barnes & Noble is looking at separating its Nook business in what it calls an attempt to capitalize on the growth of digital content. The company said there’s no time-table for such a move nor any guarantee it will happen.

Video look: Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet

I’ve spent nearly a week using the latest 7-inch tablets (or are they e-readers?): the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire. In this video, I share an overview of both devices and I offer a purchase recommendation: The device choice depends on what you want to do.

With iPad 3, Apple could ship more PCs than HP

According to new estimates by analyst firm Canalys, Apple could sell more PCs than current market leader HP during the first half of 2012. The key to Apple’s market dominance, however, is counting the category-busting iPad in addition to Mac sales.

Hands on with the Nook Tablet: A solid $249 device

After buying a Kindle Fire tablet and sharing first impressions, I received a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet review unit, so I’m giving equal time to the new Nook. Here are my first 30 minutes’ worth of impressions to share on the hardware, software, and user experience.

Tablet buyers look to Amazon over Samsung and others

In a poll asking which brand of tablet people expect to buy, the Yankee Group found that Amazon was already the No. 2 response, behind Apple. The 13 percent choosing Amazon exceeds that of Samsung, Motorola, Research In Motion and HP. Price and ecosystem are key.

5 reasons e-reader sales will nearly triple by 2016

Dedicated e-reader sales aren’t growing as fast as those of tablets, but are still expected to nearly triple in the next five years, reaching 67 million sales by 2016, according to Juniper Research. Even with the growth of tablets, I agree with Juniper for several reasons.

Amazon Kindle Fire: What the web is saying

Early reviews of Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire tablet appeared on Monday, in advance of the device being received by customers. What’s the verdict? It all depends on what you’re looking for in a tablet, but here’s a sampling of review thoughts and commentary from Twitter.

Kindle Fire heat may be cooling passion for iPads

A new ChangeWave survey of 2,600 early adopters found that 5 percent had pre-ordered or were very likely to buy a Kindle Fire. And of those consumers, 26 percent said they were planning on delaying or holding off on the purchase of an iPad.

MobileTechRoundup podcast episode 251

On this week’s mobile podcast, Matt and Kevin discuss HTC’s new Radar 4G and Resound handsets as well as Motorola’s Xoom 2 tablet. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet may be smarter tablet strategies. Matt decides to buy a new Jawbone Up for health monitoring.