|Processor||1 GHz ARM Cortex A-9|
|RAM||16 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||16 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Integrated AGP|
Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 16gb (Color, BNTV250)
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- NOOK (Color) TabletTM - Nov. 2011 - BNTV250
- HD movies, TV shows and music from the top names-Netflix, Hulu PlusTM, Pandora® & more
- World's most advanced VividViewTM 7" Touchscreen
- Over 2.5 million books, magazines, comics & kids' books. Native .cbz (comic reader) support
- Lightning fast Email, Web & smooth streaming video , 16 GB of memory, extra-long battery life
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At the price point the hardware is truly magnificent with a wonderful screen, fast processor, good storage capacity and an SD card. I didn't need the GPS and cameras that are 'missing'. The 7" form factor turned out to be ideal for my purposes.
The selection of eBooks from Barnes & Noble is excellent and even the magazines I bought are more than readable. Netflix video quality, while not High Definition, is certainly High Quality and is simply stunning with the right movie and since I am a Netflix streaming subscriber already, was 'free' to me. So far so good.
Here's the rub. The selection of apps from B&N is truly pitiful. I mean, worse than you can imagine. Now combine this with the fact that the standard email client as installed on the NT is very basic and limited and the standard web browser is little better. There are no replacements in the app store. None. What you see is what you get.
And something else makes it even worse. You can't add your Google accounts in order to sync with Google services such as contacts, calendar, reader etc.
The sad thing is the hardware is MORE THAN capable of running all these services but is being prevented from doing so by the B&N tablet software and their 'walled garden' approach - similar to that adopted by Apple but without their huge app store and connected services to create the illusion that you are not in an ecosystem prison.
There were originally two ways that NT owners could enhance the tablet but B&N are now attempting to close both of these paths with their latest operating system 'upgrade' (version 1.4.Read more ›
Put on CM 10.2.2 (Android 4.2.2) last week. I've got to say, it's nice. Fonts are small, though one could choose dpi if they had visual issues (google this). Netflix works, and the UI is really quite nice - pretty much no need for Button Savior, battery life is same as CM7. In general I like it better than CM7. My major hardware dislikes are headphone jack requires a little wiggling sometimes, no BT, no GPS. Seems to charge fine with a normal cable.
At this point I lean toward Samsung tablets - I like the IR and the microSD slot.
Update Jul 2012: I've installed Cyanogen 7, which works with button savior. I had trouble installing from .zip booting into recovery but was able to install without a hitch using a bootable microSD card. Fonts are sometimes a bit big, as is line spacing, but in general, CM7 frees you of the B&N walled-ness, even as somewhat mitigated below. Netflix doesn't work, and Google Chrome won't run on Android 2.3. Headphone jack a bit intermittent - need to wiggle wire sometimes.
Original review, Dec. 2011.
First I give a summary, followed by the details if U are interested. I hope people will read reviews here, as, if you say much at all on B&N's site, they don't post your review and don't allow you to modify it so that U can post it!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The item was exactly as described. I loved it until I realized it was really a glorified reader and I was limited to the Barnes and Noble apps only. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marissa
Won't open PlayStore or any other AppStore for children's games and educational programs.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
it's alright I'm having trouble getting things to save to my memory card and it doesn't charge while I'm reading itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer