Barnes & Noble - NOOK Tablet with 16GB Memory
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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 84 reviews(84 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent Reader w/ Tablet CapabilityPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I think this is a great reader and tablet for this is price point. It's not an iPad. If you want all of the functionality of an iPad spend an extra $250 and quite complaining. Let me tell you exactly what you don't get for the cheaper price. You don't get a camera, bluetooth, GPS, or 3G capability. Those are the big ones. If you want GPS and 3G be prepared to spend and extra $350 for the iPad. What you do get is a tablet with a very good screen and fast processor that does most of the basic functions of a tablet. Like surf the internet, checking e-mail, apps, netflix, hulu, and of course reading books. The user interface is custom from barnes and nobles so it doesn't look like your average iPad or Android tablet. It does have some limited customization which is good for most people. Out of the box you will have to purchase your Apps and Books through B&N. There are some ways around this though. For the one star review just below that says you can't use gift cards: that's completely false. You can load gift cards onto the tablet. It would be nice for people to figure how to use the device before slamming it. A machine is only as smart as its operator. And BTW, the Nook has an Android operating system at its heart. If you are a little technically inclined you can make your Nook run and look just like almost ever other tablet. There are ways to the this without Rooting the tablet which can void your warranty. If you're not sure what Rooting is Google it. My tablet has not been Rooted and I was able to install a few apps through the web browser in order to get an normal user interface just like the iPad. I was able to install the Amazon App store and now I have access to plenty of free apps. This does require you to have a micro SD card. I can go back to the Nook environment at any time with a push of a button, but I never do. Search the internet on how to do this. Again this is un-Rooted and doesn't affect warranty. Part of the secret is getting to the menu that allows you to tell the Nook to download third party apps. You'll have a real tablet at half the price. Again, search the internet. Have Fun!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great screen and SD slotPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
If you compare netflix on both the Fire and Nook you will see the Nook Tablet clear has the advantage. It's very quick at opening apps, also it is very snappy with little to no lag. You get a micro SD card slot, 16 gigs of on board memory, a pretty good browser and user interface. The NT is pretty light and feels comfortable in the hands. It is true that only one gig is open for non B&N content , but you have a slot for expandable memory ( unlike the fire). Also B&N has said that they will release a software update that will unlock more memory on the device. Overall it was worth spending the extra money and getting a superior device.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Not what I expectedPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I was started looking at tablet computers, and actually bought a 10 inch model first, but quickly found out it was just a way over priced smart phone. So I brought it back and looked at the Nook for half the price of the tablet. I took the Nook home thinking I would like this model. It fits well in your hands, its light and fairly easy to use. Fast wifi and about 6 hours of battery time, (not the 9 advertised). However, you get a very limited amount of free content. To get a game like Angry Birds, which is free on your smart phone or on a tablet, you have to pay about $3.50 including tax. (Yes they charge you and tax you for what should be a free app). Even to download a simple calculator, which you think should be included on something like this you have to pay additional money for it. Then even getting a personal organizer program your looking at close to $10 for a decent program. Again, something that should be included in any tablet. So when you start to add up getting a few apps, then you’re plunking down some serious dough. The internet on it is clumsy at best. And email on it is poor as it is not a full featured email. Using face book on it is a joke, as there is no face book app avaialble, you have to go thru the internet. Then typing on the tiny screen keyboard is about the same experience as a smart phone. (Poor at best)! If you want something for a just e-reader only stick to the less expensive models, you will be better off. If you want a tablet experience, this is not for you. So I took this back to best buy during the 14 day exchange period and put the money towards a ultra light lap top, for about the same money I would have had to shell out for a top end tablet. And I can download a Barnes and Noble program for it and do all the e-reading I want on my ultra light lap top.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Endless possibilities crippled by the softwarePosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I bought a Nook Tablet based on the principle that it was much more than an eReader and was backed by an upstanding company in Barnes & Noble. At the price point the hardware is truly magnificent with a wonderful screen, fast processor, good storage capacity and an SD card. I didn't need the GPS and cameras that are 'missing'. The 7" form factor turned out to be ideal for my purposes. The selection of eBooks from Barnes & Noble is excellent and even the magazines I bought are more than readable. Netflix video quality, while not High Definition, is certainly High Quality and is simply stunning with the right movie and since I am a Netflix streaming subscriber already, was 'free' to me. So far so good. Here's the rub. The selection of apps from B&N is truly pitiful. I mean, worse than you can imagine. Now combine this with the fact that the standard email client as installed on the NT is very basic and limited and the standard web browser is little better. There are no replacements in the app store. None. What you see is what you get. And something else makes it even worse. You can't add your Google accounts in order to sync with Google services such as contacts, calendar, reader etc. The sad thing is the hardware is MORE THAN capable of running all these services but is being prevented from doing so by the B&N tablet software and their 'walled garden' approach - similar to that adopted by Apple but without their huge app store and connected services to create the illusion that you are not in an ecosystem prison. There were originally two ways that NT owners could enhance the tablet but B&N are now attempting to close both of these paths with their latest operating system 'upgrade' (version 1.4.1) that is automatically installed on your Nook Tablet when you connect to the internet. They issued this 'bug fix' release on December 23rd. Bah humbug is right. 1. 'Sideloading' of applications was possible on version 1.4.0 and this let you install applications from sources other than B&N's paltry selection. So, for instance, you could install Dolphin Browser for tabbed web browsing and gesture input or Skitmail for a real email experience. My guess is that for most users, sideloading would have resolved the issue of the inadequate B&N app store and the blocking should probably have been delayed until B&N could dramatically increase their selection of apps. 2. 'Rooting' the tablet is a way to bypass the B&N controls and open up the tablet to the full Android experience which not only means access to the Google market and Google apps but also to 'superuser' functions to enable enhanced control of the operating system. This is not for novices and requires some technical understanding of the Android operating system so likely only a very small number of advanced users would ever attempt this. B&N have attempted to block this too. Really? What exactly is the point B&N? So, what we have here is a truly excellent piece of hardware with a fantastic eReader infrastructure capable of doing so much more than it is permitted to do by Barnes & Noble. Their motivation is to force users to buy only from them - which as Apple have proved - is perfectly okay if you make the selection big enough. Problem is, the selection is totally, hopelessly, unbelievably inadequate. Barnes & Noble will still have a huge hit on it's hands because many people have relatively simple needs. The pity is it could have been a massive home run in their battle to stay alive in the space they compete for with Amazon. So what to do? With a heavy heart I will likely return my gorgeous Nook Tablet and spend just a little more for a real 7" tablet upon which I will install a Nook app and be very happy. I simply don't have the time, patience or inclination to fight a company that has proven it just doesn't 'get it'. Know what you are getting into before you buy.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
An excellent personal media player.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Nook Tablet fits nicely in between my smartphone, and my 15-inch MacBook Pro. It's a nice size for when I want to go to the coffee shop and read emails, and catch up on the headlines. I don't have to squint into my phone, and I don't have to drag my huge, 5-pound laptop. I also love the price. For me, $249 is the top end for a tablet like this. I love reading on the Nook. Since I've had it (one week) I've used it almost exclusively to read the news using two free Apps; Pulse, and Taptu. Barnes and Noble also allows you to go to their store and read any book for free an hour a day. The screen is nice and bright, I've never had it above 75%, and at night, I turn it down to almost zero. Video playback on Netflix is excellent. I've always had great video quality with no lag. And video playback embedded within web pages works well. I've only tried Grooveshark Radio for music. It works well, but you will need a pair of headphones to listen if you're out in public. I'm a little disappointed it only has 1Gb for onboard personal storage, but that's 1Gb more than the Kindle allows, and you have the option of adding a Micro SD card - up to 32Gb - of personal storage. I'm using a 4Gb one I already had, which is fine for now. Oh yes, you can also purchase and read books on it! B&N has a nice bookstore, with recommendations, top 100 lists, NY Times Bestsellers lists. They also have a nice little App, Nook Friends, which shows you what your friends have liked and recommended. Overall, I think it's a great personal device that does everything I want it to do well for a great price.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Buyer Beware! Only 1GB of Storage is for you!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
So, we have this awesome new tablet from BN, but theres a catch. They claim to give you 16gb of storage, however, they only give you 1gb to side-load your own content. They partitioned the space and reserved 15gb for BN content only. So, if you're like me and like to side-load music, movies, and pictures you're still in the hole and will have to buy a micro SD card to accompany your nook. None the less, the explanation of the partition is found on the bottom of the box (which you don't get to see until purchase time) and in extremely fine print. Not the end of the world, but for a user who wanted access to that 16gb, i'm sorely disappointed. On another note, it is lighter than the nook color (i have one of these as well), the guides are a little different and unless you plan on using the new processor speed or need the extra battery life I'd say stick with the color. Cool new gadget with some hiccups.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great eReader, but do your research!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
First let me just get this said: The Nook Tablet is a great eReader and a whole lot more, but it is not an open Android tablet. Note: with a little time and persistence you can make the Nook Tablet into whatever you want. That said the Nook Table comes out of the box as part of the B&N semi-closed ecosystem. The "codes part" of the ecosystem is related to the app store which is controlled by B&N and only has a subset of the apps found in the Google Android market or the Amazon AppStore. The apps offered also tend to cost money as opposed to free. If you want this device because you want a cheap tablet: do not buy it. The good side of this is that there are in fact some very good free apps and a large number of good paid apps: both types of apps are growing over time. The other good thing is that the quality of the apps is higher due to B&N requirements for their app store. Besides the apps the Nook Tablet has many great features to offer both officially supported and some that just work but are not promoted. 1) It’s a great eReader with an awesome selection of books & mags. 2) Internal storage is a plenty with 16GBs onboard. 3) You can add up to 32GBs more with a microSDHC card. 4) Netflix, Hulu, and many other great apps. 5) Amazon Video on Demand (works through browser.) 6) Web browser is fast and works with many popular sites (hotmail/gmail/dropbox.) 7) Side load files: pictures, books, videos, PDF files via USB cord or web site. 8) You can take your Nook Tablet into any B&N store for support or exchange (if appropriate.) One last reality check: the USB cord is in fact proprietary (yes this sucks but is only a minor inconvenience.) The connector is in the shape of a MicroUSB connector but it is actually longer than a standard connector and the contacts are recessed inside. You can plug in a standard connector but data and power will NOT transfer. The power adaptor however works fine with other devices and standard miscroUSB cables so it is just the actual USB cord that is NOOK Tablet only. I honestly hope this review is helpful and provided you with some usefull information :-)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Basic E-ReaderPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Travel a lot, so need reading material. My Sony PRS 600 Touch was getting a bit long in the tooth, so needed a new reader. Prefer laptops for serious work and already had Samsung Tab. Sony did not have a wow reader, did not like Kindle (does not allow me to download books in developing countries) and fell in love with NOOK. The Nook Tab was a bit more expensive, so bought it and some extra memory (cheaper than buying an upgraded version). All set to go, not exactly. Turns out that the battery is a serious issue (the screen is the culprit) and you are barely do one trans atlantic flight, before it needs a charge. It is not possible to charge the battery from your plugged in or unpligged laptop (was unable to do it). So problem and result sitting next to an electrical outlet at airports between flights. Two, Sony and Co have buttons to flip the pages. This thing does not and it gets tiring dragging the next page after every minute (am a speed reader). Three, the software is clunky, it does not support all formats (which Sony does) and switching between internal memory and memory card is annoying. You have to jump through the hoops to find your books in the memory card. It also makes adding media a pain. The good thing about it is the screen. Visible from any angle and really bright. You do not have to have the Sun directly overhead to read books. Plus, the ability to read emails via WIFI is great, especially if you do not want to pick up your big laptop / tablet. Recommend this, if you cannot afford an IPad or any of the other tablets. OR if you are a book reader.
Q: QuestionWhich is better?I'm planning on buying an e-reader for my mom for christmas. Price doesn't really matter. I've read a lot a reviews and none of them seemed to help. So which one is better, the nook color, nook tablet, kindle fire, or the kindle keyboard 3g? Any answer will help:)
Asked by Ilana.
- A:Answer It really depends on what you're looking for, as in if your mother is more of a dedicated reader in which she would likely enjoy the kindle keyboard 3g or she would really like all of the other benefits that the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Kindle Fire have. However, out of those three I would also say the Nook Tablet based on the information that both the Nook Color and Nook Tablet have the micro SD card slot which gives you much more space for all your data, whereas the Kindle Fire does not have a micro SD card slot. So, because price is not an issue as you said, between the Nook Color and Nook Tablet, you should go with the Nook Tablet because it's faster and has more helpful features. I hope this helped you make a decision, and I really hope your mother likes the e-reader you decide to get her. :)
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Answered by Helper
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Yes, all your web-based email accounts can be accessed with NOOK Tablet.
Answered by nook
Asked by Bob.
- A:Answer NOOK Tablet has a backlit VividView touchscreen. It does not come with a reading light, but with the adjustable brightness control, you shouldn't need one.
Answered by nook
Q: QuestionCan I use headphones with the Nook tablet?
Asked by JimS.
- A:Answer Because the Nook Tablet has a universal 3.5mm stereo headphone jack you can use headphones with the Nook Tablet. If you have any further questions you can go to Barnes and Noble's website and chat with one of their experts. :)
Answered by Helper