One of the key features that sets the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet apart from the Amazon Kindle Fire is the fact that the latest NOOK has 16GB of storage compared with the Kindle Fire’s 8GB. But it turns out Barnes & Noble has plans for that extra space — and only wants you to fill it up with items purchased from the B&N store.
In fact, according to Sascha Sagen, there’s only 1GB of storage space available to the user. That means if you want to copy your own music, movies, eBooks, or other data to the tablet, you have two choices: make sure you don’t have too many files, or buy an SD card slot.
Fortunately, one of the other features that distinguishes the NOOK Tablet from the Kindle Fire is that the NOOK has a microSD card slot, so you can add up to 32GB of storage.
But the decision to make only 1GB of internal storage available to users seems a bit odd… especially since Barnes & Noble doesn’t currently sell music or movies. In other words, most of the 16GB of disk space is reserved for the operating system, eBooks (which take up very little space) and apps.