Nook Tablet's Storage Comes With Restrictions
But Barnes & Noble neglected to mention that, out of those 16 GB, only 1 GB can be used to store whatever you want. The rest of the tablet's space is reserved for material downloaded through their store and apps. So if you've got music, movies, or PDFs that you want to store on the device? Good luck with that.
Here's a breakdown of the Nook Tablet's memory: About 3 GB are reserved for the operating system. That means about 13 GB are left over for the user, and 12 of those have to be Barnes & Noble-related purchases. You can use a microSD card to bump the storage up to 32 GB total, and while the use of the additional memory isn't restricted, you still have to lay out the money for the card. That means paying to store your own stuff.
Barnes & Noble is planning to unveil its own video service next year, so that's good news if you plan to use the Nook Tablet to watch movies. Because your only option right now would be to download them through another service, pay for a microSD card, and watch them that way.
The restriction isn't egregious, but it's still a little obnoxious. Obviously Barnes & Noble didn't release a tablet so that you could run off and buy all your stuff from Amazon, but they should have made that a little more clear. As in, they could have said it when they announced the specs, instead of waiting for someone to buy it, discover this, and then call them on it.
So, if you were eyeing the Nook as an alternative to some of the other tablets on the market, this is an important thing to keep in mind. It's less of a tablet and more of a Barnes & Noble consumption device (though I'm sure in the next ten minutes some hacker will find an exploit that'll let you store whatever you want).
The Nook Tablet costs $250, compared to the $200 Kindle Fire. There are no restrictions on memory use in the Fire, which offers less internal storage in favor of cloud storage.
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