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I got to play with the new NOOK Tablet today, and I encourage you to do the same

November 15, 2011

I was able to spend some “hands on” time with the new NOOK Tablet today at work; and, while I am admittedly a little biased, I must say that it’s looking like a home run. They were delivered this afternoon and we had quite a fun time unboxing them and setting them up. I regret that I have no pictures; but, in fairness, I was working and didn’t exactly have time to grab a camera.

The first thing I noticed immediately when I picked it up was how light it felt. Being a NOOKcolor owner and user, I was surprised that a few ounces could make that big a difference. But while the dimensions of the device are almost identical to the NOOKcolor (in fact you can use the cases for them interchangeably), the weight feels very different.

The screen was also extraordinarily vivid, and the colors seem to really pop on it. It looks fantastic, and when we loaded up Netflix and Hulu Plus I was blown away by how good they looked. You certainly won’t get the same experience you would on a big television or even a large new computer monitor, but compared to what I’ve seen on other similar sized screens (including my own rooted NOOKcolor) it really looks great.

As I expected, the added processing power and memory appear to make a big difference in speed. There was no lag at all when switching screens or apps, and downloads did seem faster than on the NOOKcolor. The web browser wasn’t quite as fast I would have liked, but that may have been a limitation or our in store wifi network rather than the device itself. I plan to keep my eye on it.

All in all, I only got to spend about 20 minutes with the device; but using it came very natural right out of the box and the whole thing was pretty intuitive. Of course, I work for the company and own a NOOKcolor already, so that helps matters. But still, it was very easy to use. It’s looking like we’ve got a winner once again.

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