Nook tablet only has 1GB memory for non-B&N content. But it does stream a higher definition(not true HD) from netflix.
The whole e-ink vs lcd is overblown. Research has shown e-ink isn't "easier" on the eyes when compared with lcd screen. If anything its like a placebo effect or just people saying what they heard. They both have situational benefits(e-ink in the sun, lcd in the dark).
Great review. Thorough, yet to the point, while giving us the good AND the bad. My only disagreement is that it’s a better option than the Nook simply because they offer more TV shows and movies on the marketplace. You can easily get content from many other sources, and then copy it to a memory card which can be used in the Nook. CNET also did a screen comparison and found the Nook to have a better screen. And finally the Nook Tablet comes with 1GB of RAM compared the 512MB of the Kindle Fire, which makes it a little snappier for games, videos and simply navigating through content.
Another downside about the Nook Tablet is that it does not charge via USB. Just noticed it after a few days of use. When I checked, the adapter is capable of delivering 1.8 - 1.9amps vs the USB port with 0.5amps.
Apart from that, rooting the Nook Tablet will give more edge to it as you can install Amazon apps to on it once rooted, just like the Nook Color (probably one of the compelling reasons why one will get a Kindle Fire, their software and services).
Unfortunately, the root developers have still to unlock the boot loader, but that's another story...
few things you missed about the nook
1- micro usb -normal one WILL charge the nook tablet, just in trickle mode- ie takes a lot longer, it will work though, how do i know, because i have done it.
2- if amazon prime is the key factor between the nook and the fire,,,get the nook tablet, it WILL run the amazon video player app fine, it WILL install amazon marketplace, and the kindle app, HOWEVER, you need a microsd card install on the tablet to work with the amazon apps
i have the nook tablet, i have amazon market installed, i have amazon's video player installed, i use the amazon market to buy almost all of my apps due to the pricing and selection is better than the nook app market. i also have gmail installed, google maps, android market, dolphin hd (sideloaded that android market place says it is not compatible...)
video plays better on the nook, it is smoother framerate wise, with my 16gig microsd card i can install 15 or 16 movies and play them no problem (i am in the process of ripping all my dvd's to the computer in .mkv format) the only thing it will not play that i have found so far is bluray rips because they end up too large.
for the 50 dollars -to me- and being able to do everthing the fire can do, just better, to me was worth the 20 dollars more it ended up costing me (i got the nook tablet for 199.99 due to using a gift card)