One of our biggest disappointments with Barnes & Noble's originalwas that while it was ostensibly twice as capacious as the 8GB Kindle Fire only 1GB of its internal memory was accessible for side-loaded user content. So, unless you invested in a microSD expansion card, you couldn't drag and drop a lot of music and movies for those times where streaming Netflix or Pandora wouldn't cut cut it, such as when you're on a long flight.
Now Barnes & Noble is giving users the option of reallocating the memory partition to leave room for more personal storage on its 16GB Nook Tablets. Instead of the 1GB that's currently reserved for personal content, you can change it to 8GB and leave 5.5GB reserved for Barnes & Noble content (e-books, apps, magazines). To make the change, all you have to do is go into a B&N store and have a "trained Nookseller" perform the operation.
Here's what Barnes & Noble has to say about all this:
Beginning this week, Nook Tablet 16GB customers who are interested in an optional reallocation of memory partitioning can bring their device to any of Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 bookstores, where a trained Nookseller can help them make the change. If customers choose to change the memory scheme, it will enable them to carry even more of their personal content sideloaded on Nook Tablet (8GB), and approximately 5.5GB of Barnes & Noble content. Of course, Nook Tablet customers can, as always, enjoy expandable SD slot for up to 32GB of additional capacity, and virtually infinite storage of B&N content through the free Nook Cloud.
For those considering the, it offers 4GB of storage space for personal files. That's still limited, but as noted, you can always add that microSD card for up to 32GB more.
In other Nook news, Barnes & Noble has updated its free Nook for Android app, adding support for Nook Comics to Android tablet customers. The company says that, "With the version 3.1 update, Android tablet users can now access Barnes & Noble's expansive collection of comics, graphic novels, and manga on their 7- to 10-inch devices (Android OS 2.2 and newer)."
The update also includes Nook Shop enhancements that allow customers to "easily add and edit default account credit card information, un-archive content with a single tap in Nook Library, and other improvements."