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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

Barnes and Noble seems to have found a design that they like, because these tablets look awfully similar. Despite that, the innards have changed, and what's under the hood is often what matters most: with a dual-core processor and a full GB of RAM, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has more in the inside than the previous iteration of the Nook.

Screen

Upgrading to an IPS display, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has a much better contrast ratio and peak brightness, but falls behind the older Nook Color in terms of color gamut. Neither impress in that regard, but the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet 's gamut is just plain bad.

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Battery

eReader

As eReaders, these tablets are about as close as you possibly can get. You really can't go wrong with either here, although the newer Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is more likely to be maintained from a software standpoint for longer.

Internet

Where the original Nook Color had only a tiny handful of internet features, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has marginally more at the time of publish for this review. With expanded file format support and web features like the Netflix app, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is the better buy for the app-hound, even though both devices have access to the same app store.

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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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