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Cracking Open: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Bill Detwiler cracks open the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Inside this Android-based tablet, he found hardware from Texas Instruments, SanDisk, and Hynix.
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Barnes & Noble is marketing the Nook Tablet as the company's first, full-fledged tablet. But our teardown and hardware analysis show the new Nook to have more in common with the Nook Color e-book reader than Android tablets, such as the Sony Tablet S, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and Acer Iconia Tab. Perhaps the Nook Color was always a tablet in e-book reader's clothing.

Follow along as I cracked open the Nook Tablet.

For a complete hardware analysis, check out my article, "Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet teardown: Upgraded, improved Nook Color."

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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The Nook Tablet has a 1GHz TI OMAP4 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 7-inch touchscreen display (1024x800 - 169 ppi), and 16GB of storage. It runs a heavily customized version of Android 2.3.

As of this writing, the Nook Tablet is available for $249.00 (US).

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Included with the Nook Tablet are a wall adapter, USB cable, and product documentation.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
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The Nook Tablet weighs 14.1 ounces and measures 5.0" (W) x 8.1" (H) x 0.48" (D). It's larger, but slightly lighter than the Amazon Kindle Fire.
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Before removing the Nook Tablet's back cover, you must remove the two Torx T5 screws that are located near the microSD card slot. The screws are hidden beneath black stickers.

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The Nook Tablet's Wi-Fi antenna wire run under two of the LCD's metal tabs. You'll need to lift the tabs up slightly to release the wire.

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With only 12 screws, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet was a snap to crack open. For a complete hardware analysis, check out my article, "Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet teardown: Upgraded, improved Nook Color."

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