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Barnes & Noble Nook HD Tablet Review

If you're a fan of apps, widgets, streaming content, or games, this is a tablet to skip.

December 07, 2012
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Conclusion

Android's open-source nature has led to many things, including the propensity for companies wanting to make a cheaper tablet to get in on the market to take the OS and do horrible, unspeakably bad things to it. Barnes and Noble did just that with its newest line of Nook tablets by making a tightly-controlled and closed system with a virtual wasteland of content and apps. It would be one thing if they kept more of the original build of Android, or they came in at a lower price point than the offering from Google, but because they didn't, there's very little reason at all to buy this tablet.

We're not going to tell you that it's universally bad, but it just doesn't fit into the market the way even the Amazon Kindle Fire HDs do, as even Amazon has a much larger content library and app store than Barnes and Noble, and from a performance standpoint there's no concrete step up that would justify paying the same amount of money for much less. It's a bargain tablet, and that's all that can really be said about it.

If you can find the Barnes & Noble Nook HD at a bargain or sale, it may be worth taking a look, just as long as you're aware of the many shortcomings you will experience while owning it. However, if you're a fan of apps, widgets, streaming content, or games, this is a tablet to skip.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Email & Web Browsing
  8. Internet Apps
  9. Conclusion
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