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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review

If you’re looking for an entry-level tablet with a little more under the hood, the Nook Tablet is a fair pickup.

November 18, 2011
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Device & Specs

Though both devices are relatively similar in size, and they use the same exact processor, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has double the hard drive space and RAM, allowing it marginally better speed out of the box. The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is easier to hold as it's lighter, but it also has a worse screen by a large margin.

Screen

The Kindle Fire absolutely trashes the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet here, with a better color gamut, contrast ratio, peak brightness, and slightly less reflectivity.

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Battery

Despite its superior hardware, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet does fall behind in battery life, lasting over an hour less than the Fire's average battery life. While it's not a dramatically huge number, an hour is a long time for electronics, so this is an important one to consider.

eReader

Because the Nook reader and the Kindle reader apps are very similar in function, this one comes down to the differences in device, and because the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has a more forgiving form factor for avid readers, we'll side with the Nook Tablet here. Still, there's one major feature that the Kindle Fire has that the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet doesn't answer: the lending libraries. This one's up to you, but there are drawbacks to both units here.

Internet

Because of the lending libraries and the Prime services available, the Kindle Fire takes this one easily, even though both tablets are hurt by not having access to a larger application store online.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  11. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  12. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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