Nook has always been known for its high quality tablets. The most popular features include sharing capabilities, a color touch screen, an Android Operation System, and Wi-Fi Access. Each of these features allow users to use their tablet in a more efficient and effective manner as Nook tries to compete in the ever-growing tablet industry.
One of the most popular features is the ability to share eBooks with families and friends. With the LendMe feature, users can allow friends and families to borrow books for a two-week period. Friends and family can access the borrowed eBooks through computers, tablets, or smart phones. Throughout the loaning period, friends and family members can access the book as if they were the original owner of it. During the loan period, eBook owners are unable to access the material until it reverts back after the two week period. The LendMe capability is a unique feature that addressed consumers’ concerns that revolved about the tablet users inability to share book with their friends.
High Quality Touch Screens
Nook also offers high quality images through its touch screens. Current Nook tablets offer resolutions of 1024 x 600 with 169 pixels per inch. Tablets, such as the Nook HD, offer customers a high quality touch screen with bright colors and a black-and-white E ink screen for reading books. Users can easily browse through their tablet with a simple flick of their finger. Most users find that the Nook tablet’s touch screen is also very responsive. When there are little to no delays, users can use their tablets faster and more efficiently.
Android OS has been a great addition to Nook tablets. Android OS is easy to use and offers direct access to the Android market. The Android OS is easily customized, which makes it a great feature to have on a tablet. Current versions of Android OS have improved widgets, games, backgrounds, and multi-tasking capabilities. The keyboard that the newer Android OS offers is easier and faster to use.
Another popular feature is improved Wi-Fi access. Many users have found that they get the greatest use out of their tablets when they can access the Internet. With increased Wi-Fi hot spots, users are able to utilize their Nook tablet from almost anywhere. The Wi-Fi capabilities that Nook offer mean less down time and lag for users while they are using their tablet.
From Wi-Fi Access to their unique sharing capabilities, the Nook offers something for everyone. However, there are so many different types of Nook tablets that it’s important to research first to find the right one for you.
Despite these features, though, Nook took a bit of a hit in the second quarter of 2012. Barnes & Noble shipped 459,000 Nook Tablets that quarter, according to HIS iSuppli. That was down 25 percent compared to the previous quarter.
To turn things around, Nook added another feature in 2013: Nook HD and Nook HD+ users now have access to Google Play. Nook has also slashed prices, with the most expensive model starting at around $220. That price is in line with some of Nook’s biggest competitors. And Nook offered another big discount over Mother’s Day 2013, temporarily slashing prices even more.