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NOOK Tablet review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The NOOK Tablet currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Trends

If you’re looking for a tablet hand-built around reading, but want access to some extra features like email, kids books, magazines, comic books, a Web browser, apps, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and some games, then this is for you. The Nook Tablet 16GB is a much better tablet than the Nook Color a...

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends
GottaBeMobile

I would recommend the Nook Tablet to people who aren’t tech-savvy or who just want a simple, easy-to-use tablet device who are also big into eBooks and eReading. For that audience, it’s still a great device. For everyone else I recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. For the same price...

- K. T. Bradford, GottaBeMobile
GottaBeMobile

The new iPad earned our Editors’ Choice Award last week and the loyalty of over 3 million buyers this weekend. While it may seem like everyone in the world bought one of Apple’s new $499+ tablets, I know there are many of you out there still trying to decide. Just because it’s the most popular doesn...

- K. T. Bradford, GottaBeMobile
TabletPCReview

The NOOK Tablet isn't a totally brand new device; it's more of an incremental upgrade. It has some cool new features, such as a faster processor and twice the memory in a slightly lighter package, plus a microphone to record your own narration for children's books and support for HD video with Hulu...

- Jen Edwards, TabletPCReview
Ars Technica

We're not going to tally up the marks and declare a winner, because their respective values will vary depending on how you plan to use your device. Feel free to mix and match and decide based on the criteria you value the most. Need a better browser, want to turn book pages without bringing the devi...

- Casey Johnston, Ars Technica


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Screen Size
7"

The NOOK Tablet 's screen size is 7 inches with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual Core TI OMAP 4 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Barnes & Noble's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 7 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

NOOK Tablet Specs

Overview
Release date November 19, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual Core TI OMAP 4 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 11 hours
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Beige
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.6 x 12.7 x 1.2 cm (8.1 x 5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 400 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Mono
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): NOOK Color 2

Up to 11.5 hours of reading
8GB Tablet Model has only 512MB of RAM
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Digital Trends

A much better tablet than the Nook Color and outshines the Kindle Fire in performance

from Digital Trends

If you’re looking for a tablet hand-built around reading, but want access to some extra features like email, kids books, magazines, comic books, a Web browser, apps, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and some games, then this is for you. The Nook Tablet 16GB is a much better tablet than the Nook Colo...More

If you’re looking for a tablet hand-built around reading, but want access to some extra features like email, kids books, magazines, comic books, a Web browser, apps, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and some games, then this is for you. The Nook Tablet 16GB is a much better tablet than the Nook Color and outshines the Kindle Fire in performance. For $250, you currently can’t do better. Things always change, but right now, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet is still a compelling, competitive e-reader tablet.

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GottaBeMobile

The simple interface is easy to use and guides readers almost every step of the way

from GottaBeMobile

I would recommend the Nook Tablet to people who aren’t tech-savvy or who just want a simple, easy-to-use tablet device who are also big into eBooks and eReading. For that audience, it’s still a great device. For everyone else I recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. For the same pri...More

I would recommend the Nook Tablet to people who aren’t tech-savvy or who just want a simple, easy-to-use tablet device who are also big into eBooks and eReading. For that audience, it’s still a great device. For everyone else I recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. For the same price you get access to more apps, portals for buying media, all the features and extras one expects in a tablet and the latest Android operating system. It’s the best tablet you can buy at this price right now.

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GottaBeMobile

Ebook lovers, people with simple tablet needs, and consumers with tight budgets will be better off going for the Nook Tablet

from GottaBeMobile

The new iPad earned our Editors’ Choice Award last week and the loyalty of over 3 million buyers this weekend. While it may seem like everyone in the world bought one of Apple’s new $499+ tablets, I know there are many of you out there still trying to decide. Just because it’s the most popu...More

The new iPad earned our Editors’ Choice Award last week and the loyalty of over 3 million buyers this weekend. While it may seem like everyone in the world bought one of Apple’s new $499+ tablets, I know there are many of you out there still trying to decide. Just because it’s the most popular doesn’t mean it’s the best tablet for you. Different people have different needs. If you’re contemplating a tablet in the 7-inch size range for the portability or the lower price, you’re probably checking out $199 – $249 Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet. We gave this an Editors’ Choice, too, and it’s still a personal favorite of mine. Each tablet has pros and cons based on how and where you plan to use it, how into eReading or media you are, and how much you’re willing to spend.

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TabletPCReview

The tablet feels solid and well-made but has limited app selection

from TabletPCReview

The NOOK Tablet isn't a totally brand new device; it's more of an incremental upgrade. It has some cool new features, such as a faster processor and twice the memory in a slightly lighter package, plus a microphone to record your own narration for children's books and support for HD video with Hu...More

The NOOK Tablet isn't a totally brand new device; it's more of an incremental upgrade. It has some cool new features, such as a faster processor and twice the memory in a slightly lighter package, plus a microphone to record your own narration for children's books and support for HD video with Hulu and Netflix, existing NOOK Color owners might not find enough reasons to upgrade since the NOOK Color is barely a year old at this point. For new users who are considering their first tablet purchase, and for whom the iPad isn't an option due to the much higher price tag, the NOOK Tablet is more compelling. With the addition of Hulu and Netflix, the NOOK Tablet has become a much more capable entertainment device, as opposed to the eReader that does a bit more, which is how I originally described the NOOK Color when it was first released. The main question is whether to choose a NOOK Tablet or a Kindle Fire has been addressed here. The NOOK Tablet actually comes out ahead when you're looking at the specs, and it performed well in all of my tests. It's worthy of your consideration, whether you're new to the eReader game, upgrading from an eInk model, or just looking for an inexpensive Android tablet.

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Ars Technica

The Nook tablet has a better browser and superior hardware

from Ars Technica

We're not going to tally up the marks and declare a winner, because their respective values will vary depending on how you plan to use your device. Feel free to mix and match and decide based on the criteria you value the most. Need a better browser, want to turn book pages without bringing the d...More

We're not going to tally up the marks and declare a winner, because their respective values will vary depending on how you plan to use your device. Feel free to mix and match and decide based on the criteria you value the most. Need a better browser, want to turn book pages without bringing the device to its knees, and looking for superior hardware? A Nook Tablet is for you. Need a constant stream of apps, a good e-mail app, and a thriving content ecosystem? Go with a Kindle Fire. We could discuss the permutations ad infinitum, but it's ultimately up to you to decide which device is best for your needs.

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Ars Technica

The Nook Tablet is still not the basic productivity machine we expect a true "tablet" to be, but it's a great consumption device

from Ars Technica

I have less doubt about the Nook Tablet as a capable product than I did about the Kindle Fire. The experience is not frustrating or jagged and doesn't feel as unfinished. Indeed, it is more intuitive, and the device is more responsive. However, I do have some doubts about the value of the Nook ec...More

I have less doubt about the Nook Tablet as a capable product than I did about the Kindle Fire. The experience is not frustrating or jagged and doesn't feel as unfinished. Indeed, it is more intuitive, and the device is more responsive. However, I do have some doubts about the value of the Nook ecosystem. Amazon's selection in all categories seems a bit more diverse, though that is going to be a matter of taste. The ability to access free videos through Amazon Prime is also valuable, though the fact that both platforms have Netflix apps negates this a little.

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PC Magazine

The best small tablet for reading books and magazines, but falls short with multimedia

from PC Magazine

The reader's tablet is back. The new Nook Tablet delivers the best color e-reading experience available, especially for magazines and for childrens' books. It's a better e-reader than the Amazon Kindle Fire, our Editors' Choice for small tablets. But the Nook doesn't quite match the Fire on music...More

The reader's tablet is back. The new Nook Tablet delivers the best color e-reading experience available, especially for magazines and for childrens' books. It's a better e-reader than the Amazon Kindle Fire, our Editors' Choice for small tablets. But the Nook doesn't quite match the Fire on music, video or apps, and the Nook Color offers the same great e-reading experience for less money. Make no mistake, the Nook is a very good small tablet, but the Fire delivers a better all-around tablet experience, and the Nook Color offers better value as a color e-reader.

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PhoneArena

Better display, expandable storage and more RAM than the Fire

from PhoneArena

Separated by a mere $50, one can spend a lot of time juggling why one is better than the other, but after spending some time with the two, we think that the Amazon Kindle Fire simply offers the most bang for the buck – and even better, it’s the cheaper of the two! Yes, the Nook Tablet...More

Separated by a mere $50, one can spend a lot of time juggling why one is better than the other, but after spending some time with the two, we think that the Amazon Kindle Fire simply offers the most bang for the buck – and even better, it’s the cheaper of the two! Yes, the Nook Tablet has a better display, expandable storage and more RAM, but when it comes down to actually using the device, there’s nothing too major that makes it the better performer. Actually, it’s Amazon’s extensive ecosystem surrounding multimedia content and third party apps that wins us over above all things – not only does it deepen the tablet’s functionality, but it will seemingly appease those who are already heavily invested in Amazon’s services. We also expect the Kindle Fire to sell better, and to receiv? better support from 3rd party developers. On the other hand, the Nook is better in terms of hardware and its biggest drawback – the apps ecosystem - is rather easily solved, once you port the Amazon Appstore to it.

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PhoneArena

Its price point compensates for the rather limited functionality straight out of the box

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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 b...More

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.

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Business Insider

It has a decent interface that is easy enough to get around

from Business Insider

From a hardware perspective, I think the Nook Tablet has a slight edge over the Kindle Fire. It runs smoother, doesn't choke when browsing the web, and the screen is incredible. But as I've said, the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire are supposed to be content devices, and the Nook is missing a lot of...More

From a hardware perspective, I think the Nook Tablet has a slight edge over the Kindle Fire. It runs smoother, doesn't choke when browsing the web, and the screen is incredible. But as I've said, the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire are supposed to be content devices, and the Nook is missing a lot of content. Meanwhile, the Fire puts everything at your fingertips, even giving you a two-month free trial of Amazon Prime, which includes unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows. Oh yeah, the Fire is also $50 cheaper. If the missing content store doesn't matter to you and you want to load up your own, then the Nook Tablet is definitely worth the $250. Otherwise, you're better off with the Fire.

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