Pros Properly adjusted (rooted), the B&N product works wonderfully well.
Cons Supposedly evil to do rooting, voids the 'warranty' (which like most modern 'benefits' is suspect in the first place). Incalculably small 'risk' of harm or loss.
Summary They don't like it, but rooting gets rid of the aggravating limits, and opens up the full Android market (among other nice things) for the Nook line. And you don't have to be a geek zonked out on Cheetos in a basement to make it happen. Simple enough to restore to 'factory' limits under duress. At the price, a basic no-brainer.
The whole modern notion of sucking customers into a razor-blade relationship may be profitable, but it's not what most of us think of as 'service'. Unless you're confusing it with what happens to the cow when the bull shows up.
Pros Great screen, faster than the Nook Color.
Good reading device for books and BN magazines
Cons Applications limited to Nook store and very difficult to access non-BN apps (can't sideload and hard to root)
Summary I purchased a Nook Color for my wife and subsequently purchased a Nook Tablet for myself. If you are comfortable staying within the confines of the BN software, the Nook Color is quite good and the tablet is better.
Unfortunately, BN software limited the system's ability to root (boot directly into android) the Tablet while the Nook Color is easier to root.
My opinion is that if I bought the unit, I don't appreciate limitations on what I can do with it. Just my view.
Pros Screen, Size, Battery life, Netflix
Cons Shinny screen
Summary I have been using this tablet since last year and I love it. It does everything that I would want in a tablet with out all the extra cost and weight of bigger tablets. feels better in my hand then a friends Kindle and after seeing the new iPad (another great screen with a fingerprint issue), I just can't see any reason to give up my nook.
Not sure why the reviewer was disappointed by having to sideload videos, it's very easy and makes better sense from a battery drain standpoint.
Pros Great screen, no noticeable loss in speed, Easily the best reading experience, Great resolution on Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Cons Growing but limited selection of apps. BN Storage will eventually be a concession for magazine readers.
Summary I own both the NOOK 16GB version and now the 8GB version. First off, I don't see any sacrifice in speed despite the 512MB of RAM difference. All apps and movies play fine. Load times are good for High-Res Netflix and Hulu Plus and the interface is very very user friendly. I'd be comfortable giving it to my Mom despite being a tech snob.
The only concession i found was the relaxing the storage allowing customers access to 4GB of side-loaded content which is great for movies, and 2GB for BN content. I know on my 16GB tablet i use at least 3GB for bn content so i might have to make some sacrifices and archive some newspapers from November. I'll make due. Overall a pretty device, with great usability. Good Job B&N
Pros Display is adequate
Cons Limited and overpriced app selection
Non-standard charging/data cable
Summary B&N needs to restore the Amazon App store access they had on their original "Tablet" before the 1.4.1 "update." They apparently seem determined to maintain this asinine block on their latest incarnation as well.To clarify, this review is what B&N calls the Nook TABLET, and therefore, buyers should expect a TABLET, not an e-reader as one can also buy from B&N.
Their app store is still woefully inadequate with an emphasis on children's and religious apps. Apps are also overpriced (i.e. Cut the Rope is $2.99 vs. the .99 I can spend for IOS version) and very few free/trial apps.
And, B&N continues to use the propietary charging cable, which requires me to carry yet another cable when I travel.
Updated on Feb 22, 2012
I would not complain about the Nook "TABLET's" app limitations if they did not have the pre "-update"ability to download third-party apps in the first place; the fact is, B&N is not only very capable of downloading third-party apps, it had this option in the first place without rooting.