When i browse CNET, i find an aritcle talking about the features of Nook tablet. Pretty good. Maybe you just hesitate whether to buy this tablet. Just excerpt some paragraphs about the two features. Hope you can find something useful.
As an e-reader
Let’s put it this way: when shooting the video for the Nook Tablet, I almost forgot to show off the e-reader features. Nook Tablet users could, as absurd as it sounds, make book reading a distant priority, what with all the video, music, gaming, and magazine reading this tablet can handle.
The Nook e-reading software is functional, but not spectacular. Fonts and font sizes–as well as margins and line spacing–can be easily adjusted, offering plenty of flexibility. Still, page turns aren’t silky smooth like they are in Apple’s iBooks app, although they are functionally fast. Book lovers might still prefer an e-ink choice like the Simple Touch over this bright LCD display, but for the extra features the Nook Tablet offers, it’s a worthy compromise. The IPS display is bright and crisp–better than on the original Nook Color–and looks as least as good as an Apple iPad’s display.
Children’s books have been a big part of the Nook’s sales pitch, and they largely don’t disappoint. The handful of books I looked at were colorful and bright, but full pages can get a little small on the screen real estate. Barnes & Noble has proudly shown off the ability to record and save your own voice recordings on these books, and the feature works as advertised. A kid could have page-by-page custom recordings from a grandparent or other relative who isn’t there. It’s similar to what’s available on some iPad apps.
Nearly 200 magazines are offered for issue-by-issue or subscription purchase, with the option for print subscribers to get a free e-version. The layout on these digital versions has been changed to fit the reduced screen space. All the content is the same, but the shrunk-to-fit design might annoy magazine purists.
Comics are also supported via a new store and reader, and a few issues of Marvel comics looked great on the Nook Tablet screen. This is an even better use of a 7-inch screen, and could be the killer app for color e-readers.
As a video player
Adding Netlfix and Hulu Plus–among others–to the Nook’s color tablet ecosystem is huge. It’s hard not to be impressed by the Nook Tablet’s sharp screen and picture quality. Streaming Netflix and Hulu Plus in the office worked far better than we expected, although there were occasional playback hiccups over our Wi-Fi. We streamed Netflix side by side with the Kindle Fire, and head-to-head comparisons were very favorable to the Nook–it simply looked better. Both tablets have the same app, but the Nook Tablet’s picture looked more vivid and detailed. The Nook Tablet also has physical volume controls on the side, which come in handy–the Kindle Fire strangely lacks them.
However, it’s not enough. The Nook Tablet has no video store like Amazon.com and Apple do, and it’s a big loss for anyone who wants to use this tablet to watch videos away from Wi-Fi–like, for instance, on a plane.
That’s not to say you can’t technically store videos. Almost paradoxically, the Nook Tablet has more extra storage space than the Amazon Kindle Fire–16GB compared with 8GB–and a microSD card slot on top of that with a capacity up to 32GB. Loading videos or music onto the Nook Tablet would have to be accomplished by sideloading (connecting a USB cable to a PC). The Nook Tablet supports the same video codecs as any Android Gingerbread tablet, so it’s versatile, but it obviously can’t play back videos with DRM protection. That means that those sideloaded video libraries most likely won’t be of the entirely legal variety.
I only bring that up because your mother, father, sister, brother, or grandfather will inevitably ask, “How do I watch my favorite movie on this thing?” The simple answer for a Nook owner is: well, it’s complicated. As much as Barnes & Noble doesn’t want to acknowledge it, the Nook Tablet is a bit of an odd duck for the average person wanting a video-playing tablet.
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As a Web browser
Surfing the Web on the Nook Tablet is a step up from the Color, but the whole experience still pales compared with browsing on an iPad. Part of the problem is the 7-inch screen: Web pages sometimes load as mobile sites, and Flash support wasn’t always reliable, as is often the case on mobile devices.
As a gaming device
The Nook Tablet has a decent selection of casual games in the Nook Store, ranging from Angry Birds to Scrabble. They load and play like the average Android app; the screen shows off sharp colors and animations, but the graphics capability doesn’t come anywhere near that of an iPad. Apps load reasonably quickly. Right now the pickings are slim indeed, but for a very casual audience, these games are fine enough. The library would need to grow a lot to consider this a “gaming” device. Apple’s App Store has this beat by at least 20,000.
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