Round 3 - Display

And here, the Nook starts winning back points. There’s no way around it, the Nook screen is gorgeous, almost worth the $250 on it’s own. It’s an IPS panel, so the viewing angles are great, and the 909:1 contrast ratio is actually better than the iPad 2. Both in terms of numbers and in daily usage, this is a screen that is in the same conversation as the iPad and Asus Eee Slate as far as best screen on a tablet. 

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This isn’t to say that the Galaxy Tab has a bad screen; with a 733:1 contrast ratio and generous viewing angles, it’s a very good display, just not on the same level as the Nook. I really appreciated Samsung putting in a solid panel in the Galaxy Tab when I first reviewed it, because on a hardware level, the display is probably the most important part of a tablet. Both contrast ratio and viewing angles are huge factors in how usable any given tablet is, and it looks like B&N recognized that and pushed for the best 7” panel they could get, whereas Samsung used the same tried and true LCD panel they had previously. All indications are that Samsung will be moving to AMOLED for their next 7” tablet, so it’ll only get better, but for now, B&N wins the screen conversation. 

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  • VivekGowri - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - link

    It's got some issues, granted, particularly with the camera, but on a hardware/software/usefulness level, anything running Honeycomb at this point is a better bet than the Galaxy Tab, HTC Flyer, or the like, bugs and minor instability included.

    Heck, that $50 is worth it just for the jump to Tegra 2 and the better screen, if you despise Honeycomb that much you can see if you can get someone to release a Gingerbread ROM for it.
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  • iphadke - Thursday, May 26, 2011 - link

    Hey Vivek...

    How about adding the Adam in the mix? I think with that, we're getting something at a USD350 price point which will outperform both the Nook and Galaxy Tab by a hugh margin. No IPS panel, though plenty of usability...

    Cheers
    Neel
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  • VivekGowri - Thursday, May 26, 2011 - link

    I've been trying to get Rohan to send me an Adam review unit for literally 6 months now, nothing yet. They're still pretty hammered on filling pre-orders, so we'll see when/if I get one. Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - link

    "no it didn't" what? what didn't it do? i don't understand! who are you replying to??!?

    "filled with lies?" that's a bit harsh. i see your point with the tab roms, but that's hardly "filled" with anything. i think the editorial nature of this article was pretty well laid out from the beginning. he likes the nook for cheap, thinks the tab is better and doesn't need custom roms to be good but the nook does. what's a lie about that?
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  • medi01 - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - link

    He comes to the conclusion nook is better because, you know "40% higher price" and, you know, custom roms, that you don't need but could have with Samsung.

    And not that I would call Samsung Galaxy "a budget tablet" and not that I see a point in calling it "budget" besides somehow separating it from Apple's products that, you know, have very similar screen, less features, terrible restirctions in software, no rooting at all and a much higher price
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  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - link

    Your comparison to the iPad is a bit off.

    1: The 9.6" display is really nothing like the 7" display on the Tab. Their quality is kind of similar, but the 16:9 aspect ratio makes the Tab unusable in landscape mode (And I have one sitting right here).

    2: What features are you referencing?

    3: I wouldn't say terrible. They are somewhat similar to Google's store regulations, only Apple does its best to keep out Malware, which Google doesn't seem to care much about.

    4: Who cares if you can root the device? You can jail break it if you really want to.

    5: Sure, it cost 150 dollars more. But the hardware is so much faster than the Tabs its not even funny. Not to mention its much more comfortable to hold with it being much thinner. And the battery life is top notch as well.
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  • VivekGowri - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - link

    Did you not read the part where it said "In all honesty, the Galaxy Tab is the better device"?

    The Nook is a lot cheaper for something pretty close as far as usage model, simple as that. And if you look at the core hardware, the GT and NC are pretty similar, much more similar than the GT7 versus any one of the Honeycomb tablets. It's a better, more polished device as far as hardware and software, but that doesn't make it better value for money or a better buy, especially in light of some devices that don't cost a whole lot more and offer so much more power and functionality. Heck, just look at the 8.9" Galaxy Tab, if you dislike the Asus and Acer that much.
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  • Lukemcd - Thursday, May 26, 2011 - link

    Everyone just wants their favorite device to win. There's nothing wrong with this article. It made points for both sides.

    They're angry because they cannot make blanket "Your writing sucks" comments because it didn't. So they have to "rationalize."
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  • Samus - Thursday, May 26, 2011 - link

    I've had my nook color since january. Ever since CM7 went official with 2.3 last month its been super solid. Tethered to my phone for internet access when out and about, it's like having a 3G tablet and it cost me $200 bucks.

    I haven't held or seen the Galaxy Tablet, but it looks like its built like crap compared to the nook. It's thicker, the plastic looks korean and overall the finish isn't attractive. It looks like one of Samsung's cheap-ass phones that break the moment you drop them.
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  • MonkeyPaw - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - link

    I have the NC, and it is fun to mess with. I read this article with mine (using CM7. Beta 3.1), and I'm posting this with it. Been using it for over a month and love it. Sure, a more expensive tab has better specs, but lets be realistic, a tab is for casual use in an easier form-factor. I can do email, web, gReader, games on the NC, and I will go to my PC if I really need to get something done.

    Nice to see thewrote this. There's quite a community around the NC. There may be a real HC build if Google ever releases the source.
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