The Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble has arrived with access to over 2 million books, magazines, comics and more. Add a 7" VividView touch screen, 16 GB of storage and a 11.5 hour battery life, this $249 tablet could be the buy of the holiday shopping season. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey take a close look at the Nook for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Nook Tablet looks relatively changed from the Nookcolor on the outside.
There are four physical buttons for power, volume and a home button in the shape of the Nook logo.
The loop on the corner and the hard edge on the bezel are nice touches.
The back is rubber, which is great for grip.
The Nook Tablet weighs virtually the same as the Kindle Fire but is a bit larger and as a result, doesn't feel as dense.
The device also has 16 GB of storage and a micro SD slot.
The 7" IPS display was better than the Kindle Fire, which was noticeable when streaming Netflix videos.
The viewing angles are great and the color did look better with slightly deeper blacks.
The Nook Tablet has the same processor speed as the Kindle Fire but twice the RAM and storage, which made the experience pretty great.
The Barnes & Noble UI can feel a little more constrictive than the Amazon one.
Web browsing felt as fast as it did on the Kindle and the overall layout is similar.
There is a home screen where you can place all your favorite apps.
However, it sort of piles the apps on top of each other.
The focus is reading and there are even shortcuts to get back to whatever you were reading immediately from any screen.
Access to the store lives at the bottom of the home screen.
The Barnes & Noble reading library is bigger including periodicals and childrens books.
You can also lend books to friends and while in the Barnes & Noble store, you can access any book they carry.
Nook has partnered with Netflix and Hulu Plus to make sure their video content apps are well integrated.
The nook app store is curated like the Amazon app store but is much more limited.
The Nook Tablet is supposed to have about 9 hours of battery life for video and while we didn't have it as long as we had the Kindle Fire, we did only have to charge it once.
The battery levels appeared to drop even slower than the Fire.