Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet review roundup

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It’s going to be a tablet-filled holiday shopping season and two of the lowest priced models to hit retail shelves are the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. We’ve already seen several close-ups of the Kindle Fire and now some early reviews of the Nook Tablet are starting to hit the wire.

The Nook Tablet is the latest version of Barnes & Noble’s popular Nook e-Reader and is anAndroid tablet with built-in apps for streaming music, streaming video and, of course, reading books. The Nook Tablet is priced at $249 which is substantially less than the $499 iPad and $50 more than the Kindle Fire. You can check out the reviews below and see how the Nook Tablet stacks up to the competition:

TechCrunch: “Performance-wise everything on the device is adequate if not superior to many tablets I’ve tried.”

Fortune: “It’s a tablet that has a lot going for it, including great design and fast performance. Nook fans won’t regret the upgrade. Customers just buying a tablet for the first time, though, may have trouble justifying the extra cost.”

Laptop Magazine: “Make no mistake. The Nook Tablet is an eReader first, and a tablet second or maybe even third.”

AllThingsD: “The Nook Tablet also is worth considering, though it lacks a music and video ecosystem.”

PC Magazine: “If you judge this Nook by its cover, you’ll have a tough time distinguishing it from the currently available Nook Color.”

Engadget: “On the whole, the Nook Tablet feels far more like an upgrade than a full product refresh, and for that reason, it’s hard to get particularly excited about it.”

If you are going to pick up a Nook Tablet when it launches on the 18th, let us know in the comments why you chose the Nook over the Kindle Fire.

[Barnes & Noble]

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