Nook Tablet Review

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Nook Tablet is the fastest and lightest tablet that competes directly with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Priced on par with the Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet Android has the best names such as Netflix and Hulu Plus for your entertainment pleasure.

Table of Contents (click a title to jump ahead)

Introduction | Is For | Is Not For | Display | Design | Interface | Content | Storage | Connectivity & Web | Price | What’s Included | Warranty | Customer Rating | Complaints | Where to Buy | Customer Reviews |

Who Is Nook Tablet For?

Nook Tablet is a sequel to Nook Color with better hardware and a snappier operating system. This upgrade is for you if:

  • You want to own a tablet for media consumption and ereading.
  • You are interested in more internal storage and speedier RAM.
  • You are into organizing your content efficiently.

Who Is Nook Tablet Not For?

  • You are very frugal with your budget. $50 does make a difference in your cash flow.
  • The difference in speed in scrolling up and down the screen or page-turning is not that critical to you.
  • You want to use Nook mainly as an ereader.

Display/Screen Size

The display and screen size for Nook Tablet is practically the same as that in Nook Color.  All have a 7” display LCD screen with LPS technology. All have high resolution, 1024 x 600, 169 pixels per inch (PPI). Laminated to prevent air gaps, the device performs much better in crispier text and reduced glare for reading indoors or outside.

The device is exceptional in reading content with heavy graphics and color rendering such as cookbooks, travel books, comic and children’s books.

Design/Weight/Dimensions

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Nook Tablet has the same design element as Nook Color, which is often cited as “simple yet elegant”.  The only difference lies in the color of the material for the device.  Nook Tablet has a lighter/brownzy look vs a darker appearance. The lighter color gives the device a more airy and stylish feel.  Nook Tablet is slightly lighter in weight that makes it easier to hold in one hand for long period of reading.

User Interface

The navigation for Nook Tablet is very similar to all other Nook models.  The only difference is a more streamlined navigation.  For example, in Nook Color, there are two buttons at the bottom of the device.  The primary button is for Home.  The secondary buttons above Home is for intra-navigations.  In Nook Tablet, the secondary buttons are eliminated.  

Content

The content availability is identical to that of Nook Color in book titles, magazines and so on.  However, in terms of TV/movies, apps and music, Nook Tablet offers Netflix and Hulu Plus preloaded with the device.  What this means to you is that you can stream videos/TV shows, and watch them on your Nook Tablet at your leisure.

Memory, Storage and Battery

Nook Tablet outshines Nook Color and Kindle Fire in its hardware.  To start off, Nook Tablet has a 1GHz dual processor with 1GB RAM (Random Access Memory). Whether you are turning a page or surfing on the Internet, you will notice a much smoother and speedier user experience.

It has an internal storage of 16GB where you can load up to 10,000 books.  Better yet, you can also add up to 32GB with a microSD memory card if you want to store more than 1GB’s non-Barnes and Noble’s content.  The cost for a 32GB SD card runs between $30 to $40.

The battery life for Nook Tablet is exceptional, touting 11.5 hours for reading and 9 hours video viewing.  Charging the device takes about 3 hours.

Connectivity and Web Browsing

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Nook Tablet has the B & N standard Wi-FI connectivity and the same web browsing as it is in Nook Color.

How Much Does It Cost?

$249 is the price tag for Nook Tablet at the time of this review, which is very competitive in the tablet market space.  Yes, it is $50 more than Kindle Fire.  The ultimate question for you is: Is it worth the $50 to have a more powerful processor, more memory and storage? Update: Since my initial review, Barnes and Noble dropped the price to $199 to be on par with the Kindle Fire.

What’s Included?

In the box, you will get the Nook Tablet device, a USB cable, a U.S. power adapter, a rechargeable battery (installed) and Quick Start Guide.

Does It Include A Warranty?

Yes, one year limited warranty is included.

What People Are Saying

The Nook Tablet has received 4 star rating out of 5 based on over 1,000 customer feedback.  Here are a few samples of the actual reviews:

“This device is A) faster, snappier B) better specs, no brainer C) the screen is incredible D) Interface is more responsive E) touch screen is more responsive F) the unit all around is a better device.”

“The most AWESOME thing since iPad!”

Any Complaints?

A common complaint is about only 1GB storage is for non-Barnes and Noble content.  As I mentioned earlier, it is very easy to fix the problem by buying a SD memory card.

Where Can You Buy Nook Tablet?

The best place to buy Nook Tablet is through B & N online website or a B & N store near you.  At the time of the review, Barnes and Noble is offering free shipping if you purchase it online.

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