The newest item on my never leave home without it list has got to be my nook tablet. This Barns and Nobles tablet (and its various apps and accessories) has quickly become my go to for work, language learning, and web browsing. It fits in my bag and doesn’t make my regular sized purse dig into my shoulders or come apart. Basically it’s my newest addiction. Even with my love for all things Nook I have noticed a few draw backs depending on your tablet needs. Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of the Nook tablet (or the more affordable Nook Color):
Cost. The Nook simple touch is only $99, the Nook color will run you $199, and the tablet $249. This is comparable to the Amazon Kindle and about ½ the cost of the Apple IPAD.
Size. The Nook is really compact, about the height of a soft cover book and the length of your hand. It easily fits in an average purse or messenger bag without looking conspicuous and if you invest in a cover it’s easily camouflaged as a book to disguise it from would be pick pockets.
Internet access. The Nook is WIFI capable and can hook up to any available WIFI including WIFI access at any internet café around the world. Just make sure to keep café etiquette in mind if you camp out in a café all day.
Apps. This goes on both the pro and con list as the Nook app store is new and not as developed as other app stores, BUT, there are cool language learning apps, and my work time favorite quick office pro (allowing you to work on Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs on your nook them transfer them to your laptop later).
Lending books. One of my FAVORITE aspects of my nook is that you can lend e-books to anyone you know when a nook app, whether it’s on their laptop or alternate e-book reading device. Kind of like an e-book library or electronic bookshelf. There are some restrictions that limit this though, chief among them being that you can only lend select books (about 50% of the nook books available) and they can only be lent one time for 14 days.
Battery Life. The nook color will give you 8 hours of battery life while my tablet gives up to 16 hours. I use it on/off throughout my day and just charge it at night and have gotten by just fine. Also I’ve noticed that it goes from 10-20% charged to fully charged in less than an hour, just make sure to pack the plug and voltage converters needed for your trip, otherwise battery life can be affected fast.
The tablet DOESN’T have camera or video capabilities. It can’t act as your travel camera or hook you up for video chatting so it’s not ideal for skyping (unless you’re just planning on messaging) or any other form of video messaging apps.
The app store, while growing rapidly, isn’t nearly as all encompassing as the apple app store. There are apps that will access your social networking sites like facebook and twitter but unlike Apple products there is no Facebook or Twitter app for a Nook, at least not yet.
The biggest con, it currently won’t allow you to purchase new nook content (apps, books or new subscriptions/copies of articles or magazines) while abroad. This is a big downside when you’ll be living abroad for a while, but there is a way around this, if you already subscribe to a magazine or newspaper before you leave your subscription will automatically update and download the newest edition when you connect to WIFI abroad (basically you’re not completely SOL if you already subscribe to your favorite media).