The "1-Minute" Review
Barnes & Noble first made a name for itself in the consumer electronics space with its Nook e-book readers, which became fast-selling alternatives to Amazon’s Kindle devices. Now, it’s ready to step confidently outside of the e-reading device segment with products like this one.
The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ gets its name because of its higher-than-full-HD resolution 9-inch screen. It features a native resolution of 1280x1920 pixels, and is referred to by many as having one of the best-looking screens available on a tablet today. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the pre-installed operating system, and it runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor. Battery life is rated at 10 hours for reading e-books. To store the books, there's up to 64GB of internal space and it can be expanded even further through microSD cards.
The most evident negatives of the HD+ are its lack of a built-in camera or a GPS antenna. That might be a deal-breaker for some, but in some ways it makes sense on a device designed primarily for multimedia content consumption.
There’s no question that the Nook HD+ offers plenty of bang for the buck. The biggest difference between it something like the Amazon Kindle Fire is basically the fact that it is built with tight Barnes & Noble software ecosystem integration. Sure, Amazon may have the bigger primary source of digital content, but Barnes & Noble is working hard to make sure that its customers are fully satisfied. If you’re after a unique hardware and software experience, you can add the Nook HD+ to your list of choices.
Need to Know: Barnes & Nobles Nook HD+
1. Boasts a 1280x1920 pixel resolution 9-inch touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. (The Good)
3. Lacks a built-in camera. (The Bad)
4. Doesn’t have built-in 3G wireless connectivity. (The Bad)