Reviews and Problems with Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet
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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review
19 May 2012
Excerpt: The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is definitely not an e-reader, but it’s also not a proper tablet. Like the Kindle Fire, it’s in a bit of a class of its own. Still, this reading-focused tablet is likely the third best-selling tablet out there for good reason: It’s cheap. But is it worth the $200 to $250? Find out in our full review below.
Pros: Better performance than Kindle Fire, Bright, vivid screen, Nice interface built around e-book reading, Good battery life for a tablet, microSD card slot
Cons: Battery life can't match E-Ink e-readers, App selection is limited, Fewer multimedia features than Kindle Fire, No cameras or Bluetooth
Excerpt: Barnes & Noble recently introduced a new version of the Nook Tablet for $199 that differs in minor ways from the $249 Nook Tablet (16GB) that came out last holiday season. The less expensive Nook has half as much internal storage (8GB) and half as much RAM (512MB), but is otherwise identical to the original.
Summary: With a fantastic eReading experience, the best selection of interactive children's books, and a newsstand loaded with magazines, the $199 Nook Tablet is a great color eReader. We prefer the display on this device to the Kindle Fire, but Amazon's device has a superior app selection and better offline media options.
Summary: On paper the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet looks like a tough sell. It costs $50 more than a Kindle Fire, offers access to fewer apps, and doesn’t include its own music or movie stores.
But the NOOK Tablet is a great little tablet in its own right and it also feels better in your hands, has a microSD card slot for expansion, and twice the RAM. It
better than the Kindle Fire. I chalk part of that up to the additional RAM, and part of it to software.
Summary: With a fantastic eReading experience, the best selection of interactive children's books, and a newsstand chock-full of magazines, the $249 Nook Tablet is the ultimate color eReader. We prefer the display on this device to the Fire, and we experienced less lag in everyday use. But with a weak selection of apps, lackluster audio, and no offline video or audio options yet, the Nook Tablet falls behind the $199 Fire in those areas.