Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet: Smidgen Better

Joanna Stern, The Verge:

What isn’t missing is a beautiful 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS display. The panel is the same as the one on the Color, but again I don’t blame B&N for not messing with a good thing. The “VividView” treatment does achieve its mission of reducing glare, but what’s extremely noticeable is how superb the viewing angles are. In a side by side comparison with the Fire, not only was the Tablet’s display brighter — with blacks and dark blues looking even deeper — but I could see everything on the Tablet’s display when looking at the screen at a 90 degree angle, while the Fire’s colors started to fade at that view. That’s not to say the Fire doesn’t have a good display, I just found the Nook’s to be a smidgen better.

John Gruber loves The Verge’s video reviews so I started watching the one for the Nook Tablet. Man, Stern should breath. I felt a sense of suffocation, as I often do when listening to someone talk endlessly as if in a quest to spew out as many words in a single breath. So I had to stop in the middle.

Getting back on topic, the Nook Tablet seems to have a better 7-inch IPS than the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire uses the LG Display manufactured LD070WS2-SL05 and from what I’ve found viewing angles are slightly less than what you would expect from an IPS LCD panel: 170/170. Usually you get 178/178. Amazon cut some corners on the Kindle Fire while Barnes & Noble went quality with a better display.