Barnes & Noble Nook TabletKarthik Narayanan
Last april Nook Color underwent a change of magical sorts-a software update that converted the color screen e-reader to an android tablet. That was probably the company’s first stroll into the tablet market, but now they have come up with a more out of the box contender among tablets, The Nook Tablet. Tht puts it head to head with the amazon Kindle fire, one expected to be a pretty good success.
Considering the design, it is very much of the same form as that of the Nook color but for a lighter color and bit more textured back and the company actually managed to decrease almost an ounce from the reader, putting it at 14.1 ounces and a profile of 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48. However the distinctive design does provide a change from a market full of ipod lookalikes.
Coming to the internals, with a 1Ghz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM makes it much faster than the Kindle Fire though it doesn’t actually reach upto the top. Considering the storage front, too, it beats the kindle fire 16GB against 8GB but it kind of gets a bit confusing here, ie. out of the 16GBs a full 12GB is devoted to content from B&N leaving a mere 1GB for us to use. Although with an SDcard you can fire it upto 32GB.It also comes with a 1024 x 600 seven inch IPS LCD, same as Fire but Nook does feel is a shay bit brighter. B&N is talking up the display’s lamination, which helps reduce glare, helping improve the Tablet’s viewing angles. Its battery life too beats the kindle fire with upto 9 hours in a charge still does not stand much chance to an Apple iPad 2’s 11 hours.
In all its release time does not help at all being thrown right in the middle of the fight for tablet supremacy and directly competing with its much more hyped competitor, The Kindle Fire. Priced at around $249 it is a full $50 costlier than the Kindle Fire though it does not actually make us regret.