Barnes & Noble Announces a $50 Nook Tablet
Barnes & Noble was always in a healthy competition with Amazon that made them produce a couple of great devices. However, in the last few years, the company took a back seat with their devices. As far as hardware was concerned, most of their devices had the Samsung Galaxy branding. But original B&N Nook devices were better reading devices.
Going back to the Roots
The name Nook 7 lacks originality for sure, but for the old souls who loved the Nook tablets will love the new device. B&N made a simple reading tablet, without much performance or software and hardware frills. The Nook 7 is also priced competitively at $50, just like the Amazon Fire 7. Announced right before Black Friday, it seems that the company is back in the game and is pitting up against Amazon again.
Like all other previous devices, the Nook 7 is a very basic tablet. The screen resolution is a meager 1024×600. On a 7 inch device it does look blocky when you get close. The pixel density is just 171 ppi. Text look pretty alright with anti aliasing. However, it lacks the image quality that you would want in a tablet for web browsing or watching videos.
It comes with 8GB of storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. You will get 3 to 4GB max on the internal storage. A single gigabyte can have hundreds of books. However, for apps and other media, you may need more space.
The optics are also sub par. You get a 2MP front camera and a 5MP back camera. They get the job done – you can Skype friends and family and take some photos in when needed. Tablets are not for photography and hence nothing to complain here.
On paper, this is a very practical reading device and you get what you pay for. With 7 hours of battery life, this is a inexpensive option for bibliophiles.