Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

Introduction and Design

One year older and one year wiser, Barnes and Noble is bringing us its latest Nook device that’s simply dubbed as the Nook Tablet this time around, which hopes to continue the legacy established by the Nook Color from last year. Unlike the Color not only is it aiming to offer the world’s best reading experience , but to fully compete against the horde of tablets out there.  Charming us with its $249 price point again, it’s indeed very reasonable for any budget, but is it going to be enough to lure people away from other recent selections?

The package contains:

  • Nook Tablet
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide


As a whole, it keeps intact the same body and style used by the Nook Color from before. Being narrower in size versus other 7” tablet offerings, it’s very comfortable and easy to hold with one hand – and it helps that its soft touch elements are remarkably resilient to getting dirty. Surprisingly, B&N has managed to reduce its weight by a full 1lb while maintaining a 0.48” thick figure.

The Nook Tablet is graced with a 7” VividView display (IPS panel) that boasts the typical resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels – making it more than acceptable with details thanks to its pixel density of 169 ppi. In addition, it’s fully laminated with no air gaps whatsoever to offer wide viewings, crystal clear clarity, and reduced glare both with indoor and outdoor usage. The Nook Tablet’s display is a treat to behold in itself thanks to its vivid colors, high brightness output, and maintains clarity no matter where/how you look at it.

Just like before, the Nook Tablet features the peculiar ‘n’ button below its display to grant us access to the homescreen by doubling pressing it, or to the main menu bar with a single press.

Even though its volume controls and dedicated power button are flush to the surface, they exhibit some acceptable responses when pressed. Quickly looking around its sides, we find a 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, lanyard strap, and microUSB. Strangely, with the latter, you can use any microUSB cable to connect it to a computer for data transfers, but when it comes to charging, you’re required to use the included cable only.

In the rear, we find its distinguishable Nook logo embossed into the soft touch surface – with a flap in the corner that hides away its microSD card slot.

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