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December 21, 2011

Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet Review

Finally, Barnes & Noble has ventured into the much-crowded low-end tablet frenzy with its Nook Tablet. Barnes & Noble was largely expected to bring out a tablet against Amazon, which recently announced a 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet. Nook Tablet is also a 7-inch Android tablet with special focus on eReading.
The company looks ahead to make money through the sale of eBooks to Nook Tablet users. On contrast to Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble has slotted in a 16GB built-in flash memory inside its Nook Tablet. Kindle Fire only has 8GB internal memory. Read on the story to get more familiarized with the just-announced Nook Tablet.
Tech specs
Size: Nook Tablet has the dimensions of 8.1 x 5 x 0.48 inches. Of course, the device is a slightly thicker than Kindle Fire. However, with a weight of just 14.1 ounces, Nook Tablet is slighter than Kindle Fire.
Display: The multimedia tablet from Barnes & Noble sports a 7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The display is capable enough to make Nook Tablet take on competitors like Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox and others.
Software: Nook Tablet will play on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The device supports video services like Hulu Plus and Netflix. Along with eReading, the device is certainly for film watching, web surfing and other purposes.
Processor: The tablet will run on a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments. The device will be powered by 1GB of RAM for consistent performance.
Memory: Nook Tablet has 16GB internal memory. In addition, the device features a microSD slot that can support a memory card up to 32GB.
Connectivity: There is no Bluetooth on Nook Tablet. The device supports Wi-Fi 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b instead for connectivity. That is, you can surf the web on the device with the Wi-Fi option only.
Ports: The tablet features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port for data transfer.
Battery: Nook Tablet has a powerful battery that ensures 9 hours of battery on single charge.
Nook Tablet is all for eReading. However, the company has introduced the gadget as a platform for both film watching and web surfing. “Our core is reading,” says William Lynch, the Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “We added these tablet features around reading because consumers want a choice.” In fact, Barnes & Noble has just joined the frenzy of low-end tablets. Along with the company, Amazon, Kobo and Samsung have already announced devices respectively Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
One of major feature of Nook Tablet is that it is with a 7-inch display. We have Android 2.3 running on the device that offers many dazzling features for users, especially eReaders. Thanks to the depth of content in Barnes & Noble bookstore, you can enjoy reading seamlessly on Nook Tablet. The 7-inch capacitive display has better smoothness to handle eBooks and surf the web quite effortlessly.
Nook Tablet is with no camera like Amazon Kindle Fire. Barnes & Nobles has also dropped cameras from its multimedia tablet. Therefore, you won’t be able to either capture images or chat with friends. One other downsize is that the device is not coming with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the special tablet edition of the software. As per reports, Nook Tablet will run on Android 2.3.
Pricing and availability
Barnes & Noble sells Nook Tablet for $249. It is $50 higher than Kindle Fire that is pried at $199. The device will be available for grabs in December.
Sum up
Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet is just a new member to the growing small tablet frenzy. We already have Amazon Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and many other tablets with the same inch displays and other features. The stunt in the low-end battle lineup is to become more intensified with the arrival of Nook Tablet. Of course, the Android tablets will compete each other for dominance. And it will bring down the prices of the devices.


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