Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review
If you’re looking for an entry-level tablet with a little more under the hood, the Nook Tablet is a fair pickup.
Device & Specs
On paper the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet looks like it should be able to take on the iPad 2, but it absolutely can't. It may have a dual-core processor like the iPad 2, and double the RAM, but it's far smaller that the Apple juggernaut, and with better scores almost across the board, the iPad 2 gives you much more performance than the spec sheet would indicate.
Both tablets use a newer IPS LCD display, but the iPad has a better color gamut, is less reflective, and while it lags a little in contrast performance, the Apple iPad 2 can be seen in more lighting conditions with a brighter backlight.
As an eReader, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is easier to hold and less awkward in size, but the iPad 2 has one huge advantage over the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, and that's no marriage to any one eBook store. With the iPad 2, you can download the free apps attached to the different eBook stores and their respective eReaders, whereas on the Nook Tablet you would be forced to go through several arduous steps in making your eBooks compatible cross-platform.
With access to the world's most extensive app market, and the hardware to make use of the most popular apps, the iPad 2 takes this one handily. There is seriously very little you can do on a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet that you can't do better on the iPad 2.
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