While tablets aren’t as common as they once were, they’re still a nice device to have around. That’s why when we saw the $50 price tag of the new Nook tablet, we were quite interested. But at such a low price, is it really worth anything? In this review we find out.
Specs and Performance
For a $50 tablet, the specs are pretty reasonable. There’s a 7″ IPS display, 8GB of storage, micro SD card slot (accepts cards up to 128GB), a 2mp rear camera, and a VGA — read: potato quality — front facing camera, all powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There’s also a pretty much unknown processor which seems to handle just fine. While this doesn’t seem like much, it certainly does the job. However, apps sometimes crash at launch, and they certainly take a few seconds to start up. But once you’re in the app, performance is pretty snappy.
As for the software overall, we’re looking at Android Marshmallow. Despite being slightly outdated, the software on this tablet is wonderful. There are hardly any alterations compared to stock Android, including everything from the settings to the notification shade and quick settings.
Being a Nook tablet, there are pre-installed Nook apps on here. Barnes & Noble definitely pushes you to use their services, as evident in the Barnes & Noble sign in screen during setup and the home screen layout. However, the reading experience is buttery smooth. I didn’t experience any sluggishness while using the Nook apps, and the user interface of them is quite nice. If the Nook apps are your primary attraction, then rest assured it will be a fantastic experience. If you’re not looking to use this for its Nook apps, then you can easily hide the apps using a third-party launcher, but you can’t uninstall or disable them.
As for the screen, it’s surprisingly good. It’s bright, and the pictures look alright. It is worth noting that because it’s an IPS display, whites will have a bluish tinge to them, instead of the warmness provided by AMOLED displays. But it definitely exceeds what I would expect of a $50 device.
Speakers haven’t been a high point on tablets, either, and this speaker certainly isn’t much good. To put perspective on this, the Pixel sounds like the best speaker ever (it’s that bad), when compared to the Nook. But, it gets the job done for notifications. Just connect it to a speaker or some earbuds if you’re listening to music or watching a movie — or anything more than listening to a notification.
There are multiple ways you could use this tablet. Using it as a Nook reading device is a fantastic way to use this, and it won’t disappoint you in that way. If you’re looking to use it for social media, videos, music, then beware that it may be a little sluggish at times. But for normal tablet usage, it should work just fine, but don’t expect it to be on par with your phone.
To end this review, I’ll say that for $50, this is a fantastic device. It definitely has its weak points, but it does everything that a tablet needs to do — and does it well beyond its price point. If you’re looking to pick up a tablet for yourself, or someone else this holiday season, then this would be a great tablet to get. You can buy this Nook tablet from your local Barnes & Nobles, or online — purchase link is below. Also, be sure to check out our video to get an idea of how it performs!