First Look – The Barnes & Noble ‘Nook’ Tablet

Is the new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet worth the $250 bucks?

Shawn Loefflerby Shawn Loeffler

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Tablets have really become the multimedia hub for those on the go. Thanks Apple. By the way, did you see that October 19th Steve Jobs memorial thing on Apple’s website? Yeah, so the speaker said that Jobs opened up a brand new medium. Yes. He also said that we were introduced to a medium that we didn’t know we needed, but now can’t live without. Yeah, right. Personally, I’m not a tablet acolyte. Sure, they’re pretty, but I think they’re gimmicky and it looks ridiculous when people at coffee shops or libraries pull out their tablet… then their keyboard, then their mouse, then their stand to hold their tablet in a vertical position. But, I get the thing that they’re super convenient for business travel and, more importantly, keep the kids quiet on long hauls to visit the grandparents.

OK, so let’s get back to the task at hand — our review of the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color eBook Tablet.

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Retailing for $249 and available just in time for the Christmas season (November 18th), the Nook Tablet comes with a ton of good stuff. Onboard is a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 16GB of memory (expandable to 32GB with an SD memory card). The screen is a stunning, ultra-bright 7 incher with 16 million colors, making it perfect for watching all that HD content you’re inevitably going to watch since Netflix and Hulu plus are preloaded.

But that’s not all.

In addition to having access to the self-proclaimed world’s largest bookstore with over 2.5 million titles to choose from, you’re also going to have access to tons of comic books (though B&N’s claim that they will always be in perfect condition seems a bit misplaced and missing the point), tons of newspapers and magazines (some with interactive video), kid’s stories (see, I told you tablets were for kids), and loads of apps, plus access to millions of songs.

If you need to get down to some business, you can also run your e-mail and browse the Web via the built-in Wi-Fi.

The Nook Tablet has a battery life of 11.5 hours for reading or 9 hours of video watching. Again, that’s perfect for the kiddies on the long hauls.

Again, tablets are fun, but I think that they’re more suited for kids or business travel than anything else.