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Released in November 2011, the Nook Tablet is Barnes & Noble's entry in the 7-inch tablet market and the successor to the previous Nook Color. While similar in form and interface to that previous device, the Nook Tablet packs a dual-core processor for speedier use, along with additional storage space and a microphone, plus better battery life and a lighter device weight.Originally only available in a version with 16GB of internal storage for $249 (the version reviewed here), an 8GB option was released earlier this year for $199, seemingly to put the device head-to-head with Amazon's Kindle Fire.As of this writing, however, the 7-inch tablet market has become significantly more competitive via the introduction of the Nexus 7 from Google and Asus, which delivers a pure Android 4.1: Jelly Bean tablet experience at the same $199/8GB and $249/16GB price points.Despite that recent development, the Nook Tablet remains Barnes & Noble's best available option, with no official word from the company on when to expect a potential successor, and the selling price remains the same.
Our review of the Nook Tablet, Barnes & Noble's second foray into the 7-inch tablet world and first attempt to fend off Amazon's Kindle Fire.The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is definitely not an e-reader, but it's also not a proper tablet. Like the Kindle Fire, it's in a bit of a class of its own. Still, this reading-focused tablet is likely the third best-selling tablet out there for good reason: It's cheap. But is it worth the $200 to $250? Find out in our full review below. The Nook Tablet is one of the better looking 7-inch devices on the market, but we're not sure if that's a huge compliment or just a statement of how weak the competition is today. Regardless, it definitely has its own distinct design: a sandwich of gray surrounding lighter silver tubing. It also has that distinct “n” where the iPad home button would be and a giant lanyard hole in the lower left corner, which gives at least one corner of the tablet a Battlestar Galactica flair.We're not huge fans of the 7-inch form factor (it's just a bit too small), but this is certainly one of the more comfortable tiny tablets. The front and back of the Nook Tablet have an ever-so-subtle rubbery, almost suede-like feel to them, which makes it quite comfortable to hold, and the screen is easy to touch and manipulate.
When it first debuted, Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet went head-to-head with Amazon's Kindle Fire with a great screen, microSD card slot and a stylish design, but the company may have done itself a disservice by pricing its 7-inch color eReader $50 higher. The second iteration of the Nook Tablet keeps the same design, but halves the RAM and storage space, and, more importantly, matches the Fire's $199 price tag. However, is the Nook Tablet's performance still up to snuff?Editor's Note: Portions of this review have been taken from the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review.Click to EnlargeStill one of the more attractive 7-inch tablets, the Nook Tablet's pewter-colored matte plastic chassis has a pleasingly rounded shape that looks and feels much more like a fancy tome than the sharp-angled Fire. At 8.1 x 5 x 0.5 inches, the Nook Tablet is slightly bigger than the 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.5-inch Amazon tablet, but at 14.1 ounces, it's 0.3 ounces lighter. It's also significantly lighter than the 15.5-ounce Nook Color, which is now $169.The Nook Tablet sports an attractive N button below the screen, which launches the menu with one press or returns you to home with two clicks. We appreciate the dedicated volume up and down buttons on the right side.
When it comes to tablets, $50 can make a big difference, especially when you're trying to break the $200 price barrier. Which is why Barnes & Noble has come out with a $199 model of its Nook Tablet that matches the specs of the $199 Kindle Fire while retaining one key differentiating hardware feature between the two products: an expansion slot for adding more memory. To get to $199--down from $249 for the 16GB Nook Tablet--Barnes & Noble trimmed the onboard RAM from 1GB to 512MB (the Kindle Fire has the same amount of RAM) and internal memory from 16GB to 8GB (the Kindle Fire also has 8GB of built-in memory). Everything else, including design and rated battery life, remains unchanged. I'm not going to go into all the features of the Nook Tablet--you can read the full review of the 16GB version to get the details--but what I will say is that I didn't notice all that much of a performance difference between the two Nook models. Where the extra RAM comes into play is when you have multiple apps open, and I noticed a slight speed edge in the 16GB Nook Tablet when I opened e-books and apps. As you can see from the video below, it's not a major difference--I'm talking a second or even a fraction of second.
The NOOK Tablet from Barnes & Noble is the latest addition to their line of eReader devices. It's a customized Android tablet with a 7-inch IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 1GHz dual core processor. It can handle all of your entertainment needs, from eBooks, magazines, and kid's books from Barnes & Noble, as well as music, movies and TV from Hulu and Netflix, and selected Android apps available from Barnes & Noble's app store. It is currently available for $249.BUILD & DESIGN If you think the NOOK Tablet looks like last year's NOOK Color, you'd be right -- they're twins, at least as far as the exterior hardware is concerned. The only difference is that the new NOOK Tablet is a platinum silver in color, while the older NOOK Color is a dark graphite gray. If you're upgrading, you'll be happy to know that whatever cases or screen protectors you used with the NOOK Color will work with your new NOOK Tablet. That includes the precision designed Otterbox Commuter Series case, which fits perfectly. If you're not upgrading, here's a quick tour... The front of the NOOK Tablet is dominated by the large 7-inch touchscreen display.
Exactly one year ago, Barnes & Noble made an interesting move, one no other company in the tech industry had yet been bold enough to make: it released the Nook Color for just $249.99. The 7-inch Color was positioned as an alternative to E Ink e-readers; it was a bit more expensive than the traditional Nook, but you could reach out and touch the screen, enjoy rich color publications and books, and surf the web in the Android-based browser. It was a fairly big hit, but even more interesting was that, without the assistance of B&N, the Color became an even bigger hit amongst techies — many of them turned it into a cheap tablet by rooting it and loading it up with Android apps. The Nook Tablet is the realization of the vision those techies had for the original Color — it’s a real tablet, so much so that B&N even put it in the name. With a new dual-core processor, 16GB of memory, improved app store, and a few more multimedia features, this year Barnes & Noble is hoping that the Tablet can capture the hearts of those out there looking for an iPad alternative that’s more than just a color e-reader. But will it? We’re not talking about a holiday season like last year’s, where Android tablets were still in hiding and Amazon wasn’t on the scene.
One year older and one year wiser, Barnes and Noble is bringing us its latest Nook device that’s simply dubbed as the Nook Tablet this time around, which hopes to continue the legacy established by the Nook Color from last year. Unlike the Color not only is it aiming to offer the world’s best reading experience , but to fully compete against the horde of tablets out there. Charming us with its $249 price point again, it’s indeed very reasonable for any budget, but is it going to be enough to lure people away from other recent selections?The package contains:As a whole, it keeps intact the same body and style used by the Nook Color from before. Being narrower in size versus other 7” tablet offerings, it’s very comfortable and easy to hold with one hand – and it helps that its soft touch elements are remarkably resilient to getting dirty. Surprisingly, B&N has managed to reduce its weight by a full 1lb while maintaining a 0.48” thick figure.The Nook Tablet is graced with a (IPS panel) that boasts the typical resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels – making it more than acceptable with details thanks to its pixel density of 169 ppi. In addition, it’s fully laminated with no air gaps whatsoever to offer wide viewings, crystal clear clarity, and reduced glare both with indoor and outdoor usage.
The reader's tablet is back. The new Nook Tablet delivers the best color e-reading experience available, especially for magazines and for childrens' books. It's a better e-reader than the Amazon Kindle Fire ($199, 4 stars), our Editors' Choice for small tablets. But the Nook doesn't quite match the Fire on music, video or apps, and the Nook Color ($199, 4 stars) offers the same great e-reading experience for less money. Make no mistake, the Nook is a very good small tablet, but the Fire delivers a better all-around tablet experience, and the Nook Color offers better value as a color e-reader. Physical Design and User InterfaceFeeling a little more 'book-like' than the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet is significantly taller and slightly wider at 8.1 by 5.9 by 0.5 inches (HWD) thanks to its much bigger bezel, but it's lighter at 14.1 ounces compared with Amazon's 14.6. There's a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, and a curious little loop in the bottom left corner, which serves as both a handle and a way to conceal the reader's MicroSD card slot, just like on the Nook Color. In fact the Nook Tablet and the Nook Color are almost identical save for the a slightly lighter-color metallic finish.
Barnes & Noble pioneered the low-cost 7-inch media tablet market last fall when it released the Nook Color with a custom version of Android, a gorgeous design, and a price that was half that of the iPad. Fast forward to 2011, and Amazon has entered the market with its hot-selling $199 Kindle Fire tablet, which offers users access to its large marketplace of content and apps. Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet seeks to put out the Fire with better specs such as a faster processor, a built-in microphone, and a microSD card expansion. But at $249, it also costs $50 more. Read on to find out whether the Nook Tablet should be your media slate of choice. Easily the most attractive 7-inch tablet on the market, the Nook Tablet makes the Kindle Fire look like a chunky obelisk. The Nook's pewter-colored matte plastic chassis has a pleasingly rounded shape that looks and feels much more like a fancy tome than the sharp-angled Fire. At 8.1 x 5 x 0.5 inches, the Nook Tablet is a little bit bigger than the 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.5-inch Amazon tablet, but at 14.2 ounces it's actually 0.2 ounces lighter than its chief rival. It's also significantly lighter than the 15.5-ounce Nook Color.
When I reviewed 2010's Barnes & Noble Nook Color, one of my biggest complaints was that it felt a little underpowered for a tablet. Sure, it was fine for reading e-books, running games like Angry Birds, and surfing the Web, but it just didn't run as smoothly as an iPad. Despite that drawback, the Nook Color was arguably the best 7-inch tablet out there for the money, and a lot of folks who "rooted" the device to turn it into a fully open Android tablet seemed to agree with that assessment. Now we get the Nook Tablet. It costs the same $249 as the original Nook Color, which remains on the market for $199, but adds more storage (16GB, plus a microSD expansion slot), a faster dual-core 1GHz processor, a beefy 1GB of RAM, and an integrated microphone. In short, except for leaving out Bluetooth, Barnes & Noble has addressed many, if not most, of the Nook Color's weak points and put out a strong product that's easily recommendable at its price point. People are asking two questions about the Nook Tablet: Is it better than the Kindle Fire? And is it worth $50 more?
The $250 Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, available starting on November 16, will provide solid competition for Amazon's Kindle Fire. This is Barnes & Noble's second-generation device, a follow-on to last year's Nook Color, which now drops to $200, the same price as the Kindle Fire. Now that I've had a chance to use the Nook Tablet, I've been able to identify some of its strengths, and a few of its weaknesses. Here are my initial impressions, particularly in comparison with the Kindle Fire. (This piece will be updated when we complete our full review.) The Nook Tablet's main weakness--like the Kindle Fire's---is that it isn't a full-featured tablet. It lacks components such as built-in Bluetooth, stereo speakers, GPS, and front- and rear-facing cameras, most of which are common elements of tablets today. It also doesn't possess some common tablet capabilities, such as navigating primary tablet screens (for example, the home screen and content libraries) in landscape mode. Another omission: You can't view folders of images and movies in the included image gallery--all of the media thumbnails end up in one big bucket.
The $249 Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet announced Monday may look like its predecessor, the Nook Color, but that's where the comparisons stop. When I picked it up the Nook Tablet, it was clear that this tablet was leaps ahead of B&N's first-gen effort. That said, the Nook Tablet is not a full-featured tablet and lacks built-in Bluetooth, stereo speakers, GPS, and front- and rear-facing cameras. Still, the Nook Tablet's low price will make it appealing to both e-reader and tablet shoppers. In fact, it is priced low enough to potentially sway consumers who might have been considering an iPad 2, which has a larger display, but also costs twice the price. With its competitive price and beefy specs, other so-called "value" tablet makers (that includes Amazon and its Kindle Fire tablet) should be running for the hills right about now. For starters, the beefed-up horsepower in this tablet, compared to the earlier Nook Color, really counts. The dual-core 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 CPU and 1GB of RAM made switching apps a breeze with no lag or stuttering. Movies played smoothly and stutter-free in Netflix, and the images looked gorgeous and crisp, with terrific contrast.
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