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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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Conclusion

Released on the heels of the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet offers competitive hardware at a competitive price (if you add the cost of a Prime membership to the total cost of the Fire). While it costs $50 more initially, what you get with that extra $50 is expanded file support, Nook's application store, the ability to import or store files on a microSD card, and a microphone. It doesn't sound like a lot, but for some users it may be.

We haven't finished battery testing yet, but that will be a huge factor in how the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is judged against its main competitor. We'll report back when we have our final results.

What is surprising is that the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet seems to be fairly cheaply made. It's not terribly surprising, but some of the cost-cutting measures really hurt its performance, like the IPS display (rumored to be the inexpensive eIPS variety, which has terrible performance).

Additionally, the limited application availability hurts, but more enterprising users will probably trick their Nooks to get the Android Market. Though this may or may not be killed in the future by Barnes and Noble, something has to be done in the entry-level tablet field to solve this problem.

Despite all its setbacks, for its price point the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is a great tablet. It's not perfect, but that's a long way off. The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet as it stands right now is a good buy for most, with a decently ergonomic form factor and competitive-enough performance.

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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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