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The Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble features a low-glare ("fully laminated") 7-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display from LG, 16GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. Its primary competition is Amazon's Kindle Fire, which costs $50 less.

Description

The Kindle Fire has a multitouch-capable 7-inch IPS display, a dual-core processor, and at 14.6 ounces, a pretty lightweight frame. The resolution on that screen is 1024 x 600. The battery is rated to last for eight hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (with WiFi switched off).

Thinner, faster, more powerful, and packing dual cameras and a dual-core A5 chip, the iPad 2 is the second generation of Apple's popular tablet. After the announcement of the new iPad, the price of the iPad 2 was dropped down to $399 for a 16GB model.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 17, 2011
  • Price at launch: $249.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 15, 2011
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Mar. 11, 2011
  • Price at launch: $499.00
  • Height: 8.1 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Thickness: 0.48 inches
  • Weight: 0.88 pounds
  • Color: Gray
  • Speakers: Mono

Hardware

  • Height: 7.5 inches
  • Width: 4.7 inches
  • Thickness: 0.45 inches
  • Weight: 0.91 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 9.5 inches
  • Width: 7.31 inches
  • Thickness: 0.34 inches
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds
  • Color: Silver / White, Silver / Black
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1024 px
  • Resolution (Y): 600 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 9.7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 768 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 132
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Nook Color
  • Launch OS version: 2.3
  • Notable apps: Hulu Plus, Netflix

Software

  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Kindle
  • Launch OS version: 2.3.3
  • Operating system: iOS
  • Launch OS version: 4.3
  • Media streaming: AirPlay
  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4430
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2

Processor

  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4430
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: Apple
  • CPU model: A5
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX540

GPU

  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX540
  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX543MP2
  • RAM size: 1 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 512 MB
  • RAM size: 512 MB
  • RAM type: DDR2
  • Internal size: 16 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 8 GB
  • Internal size: 32 GB, 64 GB, 16 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR

Front Camera

  • Effective pixels: 0.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: VGA
  • Video framerate: 30

Rear Camera

  • Effective pixels: 0.7 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB

Ports

  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: iPod
Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 9 hr

Battery

  • Capacity: 4400 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 7.5 hr
  • Capacity: 25 Wh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 10 hr
  • Quadrant: 2302
  • SunSpider: 4169.1 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours 57 minutes

Benchmarks

  • Quadrant: 2011
  • SunSpider: 2541.9 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hour 47 minutes
  • The Verge Battery Test: 8 hours 52 minutes
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