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NOOK Tablet review

7.4/10 AVG.

Informr score
The NOOK Tablet currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size

What the Critics Are Saying...

Digital Trends

If you’re looking for a tablet hand-built around reading, but want access to some extra features like email, kids books, magazines, comic books, a Web browser, apps, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and some games, then this is for you. The Nook Tablet 16GB is a much better tablet than the Nook Color a...

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends

I would recommend the Nook Tablet to people who aren’t tech-savvy or who just want a simple, easy-to-use tablet device who are also big into eBooks and eReading. For that audience, it’s still a great device. For everyone else I recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. For the same price...

- K. T. Bradford, GottaBeMobile

The new iPad earned our Editors’ Choice Award last week and the loyalty of over 3 million buyers this weekend. While it may seem like everyone in the world bought one of Apple’s new $499+ tablets, I know there are many of you out there still trying to decide. Just because it’s the most popular doesn...

- K. T. Bradford, GottaBeMobile

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...

- Jen Edwards, TabletPCReview
Ars Technica

We're not going to tally up the marks and declare a winner, because their respective values will vary depending on how you plan to use your device. Feel free to mix and match and decide based on the criteria you value the most. Need a better browser, want to turn book pages without bringing the devi...

- Casey Johnston, Ars Technica

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Screen Size

The NOOK Tablet 's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Dual Core TI OMAP 4 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Barnes & Noble's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 7 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

NOOK Tablet Specs

Release date November 19, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Dual Core TI OMAP 4 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 11 hours
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Beige
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.6 x 12.7 x 1.2 cm (8.1 x 5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 400 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Mono
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): NOOK Color 2

Up to 11.5 hours of reading
8GB Tablet Model has only 512MB of RAM
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