Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
Introduction:

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?

Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
The package contains:

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

Design:

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 very comfortable and easy to hold with one hand - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
The Nook Tablet is very comfortable and easy to hold with one hand - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

The Nook Tablet is very comfortable and easy to hold with one hand


Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

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.

The Nook Tablet is graced with a 7” VividView display - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
The Nook Tablet is graced with a 7” VividView display - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
The Nook Tablet is graced with a 7” VividView display - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
The Nook Tablet is graced with a 7” VividView display - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
The Nook Tablet is graced with a 7” VividView display - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
The Nook Tablet is graced with a 7” VividView display - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

The Nook Tablet is graced with a 7” VividView display


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.

The  ‘n’ button below the display - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
The  ‘n’ button below the display - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

The ‘n’ button below the display


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.

microUSB port (bottom edge) - Volume rocker on the right edge - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

microUSB port (bottom edge)

Power key (left edge) - Volume rocker on the right edge - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

Power key (left edge)

3.5mm jack (top) - Volume rocker on the right edge - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

3.5mm jack (top)

Volume rocker on the right edge - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
Volume rocker on the right edge - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

Volume rocker on the right edge


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.

Back - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

Back

microSD card slot - Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

microSD card slot



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8 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

If only these tablets had a front facing camera at least.

4. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

This is really an enhanced e-reader as opposed to a stripped down tablet. These devices are blurring the lines between traditional tablets and e-readers. These devices are price sensitive meaning they have to omit key features to save on the price. You aren't going to find cameras on these. The Amazon Fire has no volume rockers, no GPS, no bluetooth, no camera so that Amazon can hit the $199 bogey and that consumers feel they are getting a great deal since the iPad is $500.

2. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

why? i dont think i taken a single picture with my xoom's. and who wants laggy video chat? cuz thats what your getting with a tegra 2 andriod tablet at 1ghz overal cameras on tablets are waste. and i much rather take a cheaper tablet or more battery juice

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

video chat only and for fun stuff dude. things you get to show off with friends with apps.

6. dirtydirty00

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

eh.... ive learned my lesson with buying things to 'show off with friends' they are things like buying a new iphone to ask a stupid computer funny questions to show ur friends. then u never use them again. rather just save the money.

5. chris0314

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

this tablet has already been rooted. you can do an exploit to get amazon app store on here if you don't want to root. this is a nice tablet if your looking for something basic and for reading and doing simple surfing. it's not meant to take over the tablet market but give you a option. a very good option if i think so. who needs a camera on a tablet. they all suck anyway. there is not one tablet out there that takes good pics. and if you need to video chat. the best is still your personal computer. this is an e-reader that can be modified to allot of what a tablet can do. so if your looking for a full fledged tablet go get the galaxy tab or apple. which is the only one that has the screen to actually read on without allot of eye strain.

7. beruit17

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

Actually not proprietary charger. I use my Pantech Crossover charger or old Blackberry or motorola chargers and they all fit.

8. kingston73

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The great thing about the nook that the author doesn't mention is it is bootable through the sd card. In other words, you can burn CM7 to an sd card, pop it in the nook and boot right into CM7 without making any changes at all to the actual device. If you have a problem and need to take it back to the store, just take the card out and you're back to stock OEM immediately. If burning cm7 to a card scares you, you can even buy cards with the OS pre-installed. As far as I know there isn't anything even remotely as easy as the Nook to root and install a full android system.
NOOK Tablet
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Processor TI OMAP4, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC

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