Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review


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Mar 24, 2011


Reviewed by: David Carnoy
  • Reviewed on: 11/16/2011
Edited by: John P. Falcone

The good: The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is a full-featured tablet with a vibrant 7-inch touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD expansion slot. In addition to a full slate of books and magazines, it offers more than a thousand apps through its integrated (and growing) Nook Store and is optimized for Netflix and Hulu Plus video playback. The built-in Web browser works well and offers Flash support.
The bad: No access to full Android Market; no Bluetooth, GPS, or camera; no video rental (or purchase) option; sideloaded content beyond 1GB needs to be housed on microSD.
The bottom line: With more storage and a growing app store, the Nook Tablet is a worthy--albeit slightly more expensive--competitor to the Kindle Fire.

Review: Editors' note: Testing of the Nook Tablet--and comparison with the Kindle Fire--is an ongoing process, and the ratings of both devices may continue to fluctuate as a result of the editors' experiences, additional software updates, and evolving app lineups.
When I reviewed 2010's Barnes & Noble Nook Color, one of my biggest complaints was that it felt a little underpowered for a tablet. Sure, it was fine for reading e-books, running games like Angry Birds, and surfing the Web, but it just didn't run as smoothly as an iPad.

Despite that drawback, the Nook Color was arguably the best ... Expand full review

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