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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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Video Controls

Much like the music control interface, the video control interface is very simplistic and spartan. While it may not give you the range of playback options that say, a computer would, that's not necessarily a bad thing; it's just that the interface is more geared to only being there when you absolutely need it, and never there when you don't.

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The movie is bad, but the controls are only mediocre.

Video Management

Movies and photos are condensed into the "my media" folder in the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, but there's no distinction between the two minus a tiny play button overlay on the video thumbnails. Simply tap your video to get it started, and you're on your way to watching whatever it is you store on your Nook Tablet.

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Video Formats

Perhaps one of the biggest draws to the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet will be the video file support. Without needing to download new apps to handle different codecs, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet supports a huge range of video files, including the more recently popular.mkv file format. Other support files include: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263,.flv, and 3GP.

Internet Video

Unfortunately for tablets not blessed by Google, the internet giant denies apps for things like maps, YouTube, and Gmail for any tablet not running an approved iteration of Android. Consequently, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet does not have access to these apps, but can access their services in a somewhat limited fashion via the browser. What is interesting, is that there is a Netflix application pre-loaded onto the Nook Tablet, allowing users to watch their favorite streaming movies anywhere they can find an adequate WiFi connection. Keep in mind, though, that this eats a decent amount of bandwidth and power, so be advised that this isn't the best option on-the-go.

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What does it mean?

Video Battery Life

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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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