The simplest way to sum up Barnes & Noble's new Nook Tablet is this:
It costs more than Amazon.com's rival Kindle Fire, but you get less.
You'll find far fewer apps in the Nook application store.
It's not as easy to get music or videos on the Nook Tablet as it is on the Fire.
And while the Barnes & Noble device has more storage space than the Fire, less is available for storing things like movies and songs.
And for all that underwhelming service, you pay $50 more!
The Nook Tablet lacks Amazon's integration with digital movies and music.
Barnes & Noble doesn't sell digital music or movies, so you can't just get such content from the company like Fire users can from Amazon.
That shortcoming wouldn't be as big a deal if Barnes & Noble offered an extensive selection of applications from other vendors.
But it doesn't.
Instead, it offers only a few thousand apps for the Tablet, which is a small fraction of what you'll find in Amazon's App Store.
Another shortcoming is that many games and other popular Android programs just aren't available for the Tablet.
You can get "Angry Birds,"
but you won't find "Cut the Rope," "Plants vs. Zombies" or "Tetris," among other popular games that are available for the Fire.
The Tablet just doesn't measure up to the Fire.