Nook reportedly ships 1m tablets, Color gets an update
Earlier e-reader gets some significant new features
Published: 13 December, 2011
Although it doesn't pose a threat to the iPad the Nook Tablet looks like it has reason to celebrate as according to DigiTimes the bookseller has received shipments of 1m Nook tablets. The news comes from upstream supplier's estimates and may give Amazon, if not Apple, reason to worry. While Amazon hasn't released any sales figures for its first tablet yet estimates suggest that the retail giant will have sold around 4m tablets by the end of 2011.
The source claims that initially the Nook tablet was only expected to sell 800,000 units but saw increased demand over the Thanksgiving holiday period. This is good news for both Barnes & Noble as well as the company Inventec which is the OEM which makes the tablet. Iventec also made HP's ill-fated TouchPad tablet and suffered a blow when the device was discontinued.
For just $50 extra the Nook tablet offers some definite advantages over the Kindle Fire with an impressive battery life and a microSD card slot to expand the storage.
It also doesn't look like Amazon should forget about the Nook Color either, even in the wake of the Nook tablet. The latest software update for the ageing e-reader/tablet sees it get Netflix as well as several music apps including Pandora, Rhapsody, Grooveshark and MOG. Another notable feature of the upgrade is that it now offers access to high-resolution graphic novels and comic books. All these improvements are part of over 100 that will help it to stand out in a more competitive marketplace.
The Nook Color currently goes for $199.99 and though it doesn't quite deliver in the hardware stakes compared to the Kindle Fire it's still a viable alternative, especially with the latest update.