Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet

Released November, 2011
  • 7"
  • 8 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 2.3
More than sufficient, it’s nice that battery life isn’t compromised with its modernized hardware.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2011)
7.2 Out of 10

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Nexus 7

Reviews Word on the street for the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet

On paper, it does offer a bit more battery life than the Kindle Fire, with up to 11.5 hours of reading time and 9 hours of video watching.

Surprisingly, B&N has managed to reduce its weight by a full 1lb while maintaining a 0.48” thick figure.

Below is a deeper look at some of the apps within the OS, but I do have to say that it feels like enough wasn’t done to truly make the software tablet ready.


7.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Regardless, I was able to fire off emails at a brisk pace thanks to the very well styled and laid-out keyboard.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
The music player is mostly very generic looking with is presentation.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2011)
Checking out the music player, it’s mostly very generic looking with its presentation, and at the same time, its speaker pumps out some average tones that are pleasant to the ear.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2011)


Surfing the Web is a decent experience on both devices, though not as good as the one you'll get from the iPad 2, which simply offers a more spacious screen and faster page load times.
by c|net (Nov, 2011)
What isn’t missing is a beautiful 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS display.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
Being narrower in size versus other 7” tablet offerings, it’s very comfortable and easy to hold with one hand – and it helps that its soft touch elements are remarkably resilient to getting dirty.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2011)

Operating system

The Kindle Fire runs the same 1GHz OMAP4430 processor as the Nook Tablet but the Tablet's inclusion of 1GB of RAM instead of the Fire's 512MB gives it a leg up in the multitasking department (running multiple apps at the same time).
by c|net (Nov, 2011)
Of course, it’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread running the show underneath it all, but considering that this isn’t a “with Google” device, it doesn’t offer things like Gmail, YouTube, or the Android Market.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2011)
There’s more on software performance below, but the screen is very responsive to light taps and swift swipes.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)


It has half the storage and half the RAM of the model reviewed here.
by c|net (Nov, 2011)
If you're someone who wants a little more breathing room for onboard storage, as well as that very slight performance bump, it's probably worth spending the extra the $50 on the 16GB model.
by c|net (Nov, 2011)
True, unless you "root" the Tablet, you're still dealing with Barnes & Noble's customized, walled-garden interface, but having the expansion memory slot (and more internal memory-16GB vs. the Fire's 8GB) to add and store content instead of moving it on and off the cloud, is appealing-at least to me.
by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Battery life

All in all, the Tablet provides a decent amount of juice for the size and should get you through a flight from LA to New York.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
Quick clarification: You can use a regular MicroUSB port to connect the Tablet to your laptop, but it will not charge the device.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
The Kindle Fire actually got about an hour less at five hours and 47 minutes, though I've found that both of them can last a good day with average use.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1024 x 600
PPI 169 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Supports 3G No


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz


Has a GPS No
Has a compass No
Has an accelerometer No
Has a gyroscope No
Has a light sensor No


Internal storage 8 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
  1. microSD
  2. SDHC
  3. SDSC
  4. SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes


Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes

form factor

Weight 400 g
Size 127 x 206 x 12 mm
Thickness 12 mm
Battery life 11.5 hour
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