Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review

Posted: November 29, 2011
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review

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.


  • $249


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The Nook is a great tablet with twice the storage capacity and RAM for only $50 more than the Kindle Fire.
  • It does suffer a bit frmo the UI and poor app selection but it's an excellent choice.

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Comments are Closed

  • dragonKLA

    Nice! i was going to go with the kindle fire before i watched this review. I'm glad i did definitely going with the Nook now, thanks G4

    Posted: December 12, 2011 4:14 PM
  • chad78

    Incubustable makes a good point, but B&N doesn't offer any streaming video as far as I know. So it's not like you'd get that with your Nook. Both play Netflix and Hulu Plus, and since the Nook has Flash, I imagine you could even watch Amazon Video on your Nook Tablet.

    They still have the Nook Color, though, if you really want to compare $199 tablets.

    Posted: November 30, 2011 7:55 AM
  • incubustable

    If you want access to all of amazon's content you pay an extra $79/year, without it you're left with the Fire's measly 8gb's of storage. So technically you would be paying $279 for the Fire with weaker hardware or $249 for the Nook Tablet. Nook > Kindle

    Posted: November 29, 2011 10:52 PM