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Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 16GB, Wi-Fi, 7in - Graphite
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- sportster65Jun 2, 2012by
Fast, Light, with a vibrant screen. Best e-reader hands down.
I wanted to review this tablet after reading many of the previous reviews. First I have owned or now own the Nook Color, the Nook Tablet 8GB, the Nook Tablet 16GB, the Kindle Fire and an iPad. So I do have experience with many varieties of tablets and hope I can ofer some insight.
The comparisons with the iPad are silly, this was never designed to compete with the ipad, nor can it. The ipad is in a class all by itself and really has no equal. Now having said that the Nook Tablet is without question the best of the best when it comes to e-readers, it also has no equal. One tip, however, if you are going to invest in the Nook tablet, go with the 16GB model. I found the 8GB runs out of space very quickly, especially when you install data heavy apps and magazines.
The Nook tablet is lightning fast and moves from task to task very quickly and smoothly. Web browsing is very good, it is smooth and quick as well. Reading books and magazines on the NT is pure pleasure. masgazines are colorful and vibrant, and very easy to navigate. Books, well they are fantastic on this device.
The Nook Tablet has one function that puts it head and shoulders above the Kindle Fire, and that is the ability to add a micro SD card for additional storage. The screen on the NT is also far superior to the Fire. The physical on/off button and volume buttons on the NT are also a big plus over the mostly buttonless Fire.
The B&N app store or Market or whatever it is called is for the most part somewhat weak. It is adequate for many needs, but for the ultimate in selection rooting is necessary. Don't be fooled by those who talk of the complexities of rooting, it is a very simple process that anyone who can follow simple directions can complete is around 15 minutes. The only cost is usually the SD card unless you already have one.
If you want and iPad get an iPad, it is far and away the finest tablet device avaiable. If you want an e-reader with the ability to function as a small tablet, the Nook Tablet is the only choice, nothing else compares. I love my Nook Tablet, and take it with me everywhere, it is portable light and allows me have my entire library of books and magazines with me in an easy to carry device. If you get the Nook Tablet with the mindset you are getting an e-reader that can do more that just be an e-reader, there will be no disappointments. If you are getting the Nook Tablet with the mindset you are going to get an iPad replacement, you will hate it and be very disappointed.
Know what you want before you buy, and get the appropriate device.Read full review
- darickardJan 21, 2012by
Nook Tablet-Excellent Color Mini-tablet
I was a little concerned that the screen size would not really be conducive to web browsing or watching videos, but I am thrilled to say I WAS WRONG! This is a great mini-tablet. Needs to be rooted to gain full access to the android market; but well worth the effort required.
Taking photos with this device is not a priority for me, so I do not miss that feature.
The processor is lightening fast and the color is so superior to Kindle. It is light as a feather and the battery lasts forever. Wifi is easy to set-up, initiates a strong, fast connection. Be sure to buy an anti-glare screen protector, then you'll be able to read the content any where. Also, buy a good quality, HD storage card and you'll be set for a long time.
If you are thinking about buying a mini-tablet, get this one, you will not regret it.Read full review
- cautionbugMar 12, 2012by
It's not an iPad or other full tablet. It's good for its intended purpose.
Seriously people? You're upset that you're locked into a device with proprietary software?
It's called revenue stream. You buy B&N's device, you get a decent tablet for dirt cheap by comparison to other tablets, and its primary purpose is to market B&N content to you. You either know this going in, or you're completely thick.
The fact is, many of the apps ARE free that allow you to access other services, like Pandora, Netflix, Hulu, etc. You pay for small-timer apps because that's the business model: app developers pay to get IN the market (Android, B&N, Amazon, etc.), so they have every right to charge you for their app if they want to. B&N doesn't require apps to be paid.
i'm not a terribly big fan of the actual hardware of the tablet (no camera, limp processor, etc.), but why so many people make such a stink about the software is beyond me. If you want more, pay more & get a full-fledged tablet. The Nook, Kindle Fire, etc. are media services devices. You pay less for the device so you'll pay more over time for content.Read full review
- waynebnorrisApr 3, 2012by
OK for reading; can't run most Android apps; buggy; klutzy interface
It's OK, but barely so.
The GOOD: Price, form factor, battery life. You can certainly read books!
The BAD: Very slow connectivity, even in my hotsy-totsy wireless environment; Klutzy interface... there is really no notion of "Go back"... it's been replaced by "Start over from scratch". Much of the time, you can't go back to a prior screen.
The DOWNRIGHT UGLY: Its sole purpose is to so unabashedly sell trendy books. movies, and magazines that it smacks you across the face. It's like an auto manufacturer saying, "Hey - it DRIVES. You want AIR CONDITIONING, TOO??"
This is an Android machine... sort-of. There are tens of thousands of Android apps out there, but don't worry none... you can't get most of 'em. You can only get what B&N wants you to have, and that's books, books, books... that they sell... oh, and music and video that they sell. And the occasional app that helps you buy more books, music, and movies that they sell.
Skype? Fuggedaboudit. YouTube [except on the browser]? Silly question. FAA Instrument approach chart / real-time weather apps? Silly boy! CPA Prep courses available on all of Android's other, "real", franchises? I laugh on you! Stanza [app for open source classical literature]? Huh? Nevah hoid ofit.
Then there are the bugs. I'll mention the top 3, to save space.
1) The roulette wheel tap of death... about 5% of the time [a huge number] a tap will take you ANYWHERE you want to go except where you expect. Pretty annoying after you've just typed in a long password for your bank access, and you suddenly get into the MOVIES menu!
2) Highlight hijinks... I'm studying to renew my flight instructor certificate. I laboriously downloaded the FAA Practical Test Guide to my desktop, then schlepped it over as a PDF [you can't do this natively], then tried to highlight. YES - you can highlight. NO - you can't highlight what you WANT. It randomly changes the highlight boundaries AFTER you take your fingers off! I gave up after 10 minutes.
3) Email adventures... I created an email account, downloaded from my server, deleted the junk, went to TRASH, deleted again, then went back to my IN box. The screen strobed 11 times, then all the junk was back in my IN box again! Four tries later, I guessed it was there to stay. This does NOT happen on my desktop, laptop, or iPhone, and it did NOT happen on my old company iPad. So email is largely useless on the Nook.
I "get it" about needing to make money, and I applaud B&N for trying to keep the stockholders happy. I also "get it" that they are historically a bookseller with no real corporate clues about this whole 21st Century thing. But come on, guys - there is a lot of marketing talent out there, and a few recent Wharton MBAs could have fixed you up over lunch! Nobody would accuse Steve Jobs of having shirked the whole money thing, for example. He opened his iPad up to all the apps that wouldn't crash it, and made a gazillion dollars selling iPads anyway!
You see, it's like this... if you LOOK like a smartypants innovator, people LIKE that, and then they don't feel so bad about buying your overpriced music. On the other hand, if you LOOK like a sleazy used car salesman, then the only diehard supporters you'll get are the ones for whom that makes no difference.
Yes, I know... for $200, you don't get phone, camera, magnetometer, aneroid sensor, or other infrastructure needed for some of the snarkiest Android apps. But I think they could have done MUCH, MUCH better!Read full review
- oxtail01Jul 5, 2012by
ONLY buy if you're needs are modest!
Hardware spec wise, this is a nice tablet! HOWEVER, there's couple of things buyers need to be fully aware of before buying.
1. Although this unit is advertised as having 16 gb of internal memory, Barnes and Noble LOCKS the avaiable memory space for your own downloads to ONLY 1 gb. In other words, the storage space is basically useless UNLESS you download stuff you buy from B&N.
2. Severely restricted access to Android applications.
All this is ok IF you root the system with an Android root kit that's readily available - which allows you full access to Android. The root kit varies from $25 to over $50 depending on the memory size od the SD card it comes on.
So, if you consider the additional cost of getting full android experience than this tablet is NOT worth paying the full retail price for, ESPECIALLY with new tablets coming out almost every month and the impending release of Win 8 tablets. Also consider that you don't get bluetooth, camera, nor GPS which is pretty standard for every other "name brand" tablets now (except for Kindle Fire which I consider a piece of kaka for the price you have to pay).
I cannot recommend the stock model BUT if you can pick up a nice "rooted" unit for below $140, than it may be worth it for a SHORT TIME - remember GOOGLE tablet is coming out at any minute now for about the same price new as this.
In the final analysis - this tablet is already "near obsolete" - ONLY buy if you're needs are modest, or you're a novice to the tablet world and don't want to pay a high price to try!Read full review