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Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review
In our usage, which mainly consists of heavy web browsing, emailing, and some light reading, we’re left with 44% battery capacity after one day. More than sufficient, it’s nice that battery life isn’t compromised with its modernized hardware.


In this highly volatile market, the Nook Tablet will still be something on the minds of many thanks to its superb price point of only $249.  Just like the Amazon Kindle Fire, it is a neat small tablet, and its price point compensates for the rather limited functionality straight out of the box. It is good for internet, email, reading and multimedia. The greatest drawback is the limited app selection, as it relies on its own ecosystem and not on the Android Market. Compared to the Kindle Fire, this one is also lacking in its music, and video service ecosystem. Regardless, it’s something you’ll want to consider if you want to get away with a decent tablet without forking over a whole lot of moolah from your pockets.

Software Version: 1.4

Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Video Review:


  • Affordable cost
  • Solid construction
  • Wide viewing angles


  • Limited app, video, & music ecosystem
  • Proprietary charging connection
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7 Good
User rating:
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posted on 21 Nov 2011, 05:37 3

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 09:12 1

4. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:16 2

2. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 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

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:13 3

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 11:34 1

6. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 11:03 2

5. chris0314 (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Aug 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 17:40 2

7. beruit17 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 10:16 1

8. kingston73 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 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.

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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) IPS LCD
TI OMAP4, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
Size8.10 x 5.00 x 0.48 inches
(206 x 127 x 12 mm)
14.10 oz  (400 g)

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