Barnes and Noble released the Nook Tablet following its success with the 7-inch Nook Color, which was launched as a non-E Ink alternative to e-readers. B&N came into the tablet market that is dominantly defined by the Apple iPad. It targets the low-end tablet market where Amazon’s Kindle Fire has hogged the limelight. Although costly than the Kindle Fire, it comes with better features on many fronts.
- Display screen- 7 inch LCD with resolution 1024 x 600 pixels and 169dpi
- Processor- dual core 1 GHz TI Omap 4
- OS- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- RAM- 512 MB
- Memory- 8 GB and 16 GB extendable using 32 GB SD cards
- Battery- 9 hours video when PowerSave is on and wireless is off
The 7-inch Nook slate weighs just 14.1 ounces and has the same resolution as the Kindle Fire tablet of Amazon. Compared to the 8 GB memory of the Kindle Fire, the Nook has 16 GB memory, which is expandable too.
Pros and Cons
The Nook is a fully-fledged tablet in the same lines as the seven inch Kindle Fire, which is its nearest rival in the low-end tablet market. With a modern browser with flash support and better video performance with optimized viewing of Hulu Plus and Netflix streaming channels, the Nook works wonderfully like Kindle Fire.
With more storage and a growing app store- the Nook store that is growing in features and support although, it is still not comparable to the Amazon store. Another downside is that there is no Bluetooth, no access to the full Android store and there is no GPS facility, camera, or video purchase/rental options. Furthermore, it is more expensive than the $199 Kindle Fire tablet coming at $249.99. Anyhow, it is a terrific buy with a terrific performance and more storage and a vibrant app store.