NOOK Tablet Conclusion

December 7, 2011 by Jen Edwards Reads (38,120)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

NOOK Tablet

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.


  • Good specs for the price
  • B&N in-store support
  • MicroSD card slot for memory expansion
  • Excellent screen
  • Netflix and Hulu Plus support


  • A little bulky next to Kindle Fire
  • Underpowered mono speaker
  • Limited app selection
  • Onboard user storage capped at 1GB(!) on a 16GB device







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