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NOOK HD+ review

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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)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
9"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

The Nook HD Plus has a fantastic screen for its price and greatly benefits from the addition of Google Play apps to bolster the limited selection provided by the Barnes & Noble store, too. However, its sluggish performance and poor build quality are too much to overlook.

- Sam Loveridge, TrustedReviews
PC Pro

On the one hand, the hardware is brilliant and the price amazingly low, the UI is friendly, and the bookstore well stocked. On the other, it feels sluggish to use despite capable hardware, and the movie and app stores are sparsely populated. There’s no shortage of potential, but, ultimately, i...

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro
Digital Trends

Barnes & Noble wants you to think of the Nook HD+ as a regular tablet, not an e-reading tablet with benefits. What holds it back from that? The lack of certain hardware elements like a camera, GPS, fancy sensors (barometers, thermometers, a gyroscope), NFC, and the like. Restricting owners to one co...

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends
PhoneArena

Staring deeply at the $270 price of the 16GB base model of the NOOK HD+ ($300 for the 32GB version), there’s no arguing that their intent is to keep Amazon itching with anticipation. Rightfully so, they’re able to do just that, as the NOOK HD+ has the more detailed display of the two &nd...

- John V., PhoneArena
The Verge

Barnes & Noble seems to have figured out how to compete with the iPad: build a light, nice-looking tablet with a great screen, offer a bunch of different ways to watch and read things, and charge a reasonable amount for it. $269 for a 9-inch tablet is a great deal, and if you want a Netflix and...

- David Pierce, The Verge


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Screen Size
9"

The NOOK HD+'s screen size is 9 inches with 1280 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Dual-core OMAP4470 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown
Barnes & Noble's performance ratings are 1.3 days standby time, 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

NOOK HD+ Specs

Overview
Release date November 8, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core OMAP4470 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 10 hours
Standby Time Up to: 1.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.5 cm (3.7 x 2.5 x 0.2 in)
Weight 515 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, EPUB, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nook BNTV600

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TrustedReviews

Affordable Android tablet with an excellent HD screen

from TrustedReviews

The Nook HD Plus has a fantastic screen for its price and greatly benefits from the addition of Google Play apps to bolster the limited selection provided by the Barnes & Noble store, too. However, its sluggish performance and poor build quality are too much to overlook.

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The Nook HD Plus has a fantastic screen for its price and greatly benefits from the addition of Google Play apps to bolster the limited selection provided by the Barnes & Noble store, too. However, its sluggish performance and poor build quality are too much to overlook.

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PC Pro

Great hardware for the money, but hobbled by restrictive video and app stores, and a sluggish UI

from PC Pro

On the one hand, the hardware is brilliant and the price amazingly low, the UI is friendly, and the bookstore well stocked. On the other, it feels sluggish to use despite capable hardware, and the movie and app stores are sparsely populated. There’s no shortage of potential, but, ultimately...More

On the one hand, the hardware is brilliant and the price amazingly low, the UI is friendly, and the bookstore well stocked. On the other, it feels sluggish to use despite capable hardware, and the movie and app stores are sparsely populated. There’s no shortage of potential, but, ultimately, it’s the lack of content that rules out a recommendation.

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Digital Trends

An excellent choice for people who want a simple, easy tablet experience focused on consuming books, video, and other media

from Digital Trends

Barnes & Noble wants you to think of the Nook HD+ as a regular tablet, not an e-reading tablet with benefits. What holds it back from that? The lack of certain hardware elements like a camera, GPS, fancy sensors (barometers, thermometers, a gyroscope), NFC, and the like. Restricting owners to one content store and limiting some of Android’s features also brings the HD+ into question....

More

Barnes & Noble wants you to think of the Nook HD+ as a regular tablet, not an e-reading tablet with benefits. What holds it back from that? The lack of certain hardware elements like a camera, GPS, fancy sensors (barometers, thermometers, a gyroscope), NFC, and the like. Restricting owners to one content store and limiting some of Android’s features also brings the HD+ into question.

However, we don’t think that the HD+ necessarily needs to play in the big leagues to be successful. If you’re looking for the pure Android experience, you’re going to buy the Nexus 10, anyway. The Nook HD+ is for people who want a streamlined, easy to use and understand tablet that has all the big, important things like apps and videos, and games. It’s also for people who prioritize e-reading and want one place for all their magazines, books, and comics.

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PhoneArena

Very sharp looking display, great for reading with super affordable price point

from PhoneArena

Staring deeply at the $270 price of the 16GB base model of the NOOK HD+ ($300 for the 32GB version), there’s no arguing that their intent is to keep Amazon itching with anticipation. Rightfully so, they’re able to do just that, as the NOOK HD+ has the more detailed display of the two...More

Staring deeply at the $270 price of the 16GB base model of the NOOK HD+ ($300 for the 32GB version), there’s no arguing that their intent is to keep Amazon itching with anticipation. Rightfully so, they’re able to do just that, as the NOOK HD+ has the more detailed display of the two – while also being lighter as well. However, it’s missing out on several key features to make it an instant buy over other highly-prized full tablet offerings on the market. Therefore, if you’re all about the reading aspect, then you’ll undoubtedly take into agreement to what the NOOK HD+ has to offer with its ecosystem. Beyond that, the Google Nexus 10 still continues to offer the most balanced set of features and hardware to make it the more compelling tablet – and better long term investment as well.

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The Verge

Nice design and build quality with terrific display

from The Verge

Barnes & Noble seems to have figured out how to compete with the iPad: build a light, nice-looking tablet with a great screen, offer a bunch of different ways to watch and read things, and charge a reasonable amount for it. $269 for a 9-inch tablet is a great deal, and if you want a Netflix and Hulu machine this is a pretty good one — as long as you're happy using headphones all the time. But Barnes & Noble shoots itself in the foot over and over, with a slow and bug-riddled interface that is often infuriating to use. I waited a full minute for it to switch accounts at one point, and several minutes to load a game — that's not acceptable....

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Barnes & Noble seems to have figured out how to compete with the iPad: build a light, nice-looking tablet with a great screen, offer a bunch of different ways to watch and read things, and charge a reasonable amount for it. $269 for a 9-inch tablet is a great deal, and if you want a Netflix and Hulu machine this is a pretty good one — as long as you're happy using headphones all the time. But Barnes & Noble shoots itself in the foot over and over, with a slow and bug-riddled interface that is often infuriating to use. I waited a full minute for it to switch accounts at one point, and several minutes to load a game — that's not acceptable.

Even worse for Barnes & Noble, other companies have figured out how to make inexpensive tablets with great screens and much better experiences. Google makes a cheap(ish) tablet with a big screen, the $399 Nexus 10. Amazon's $299 Kindle Fire HD 8.9 fits the bill as well — I'd recommend either over the Nook HD+ until Barnes & Noble fixes the performance problems. And, of course, there's still the iPad mini, which isn't much smaller or much more expensive than the Nook HD+, and gives you access to the giant iOS app ecosystem (though its screen isn't anywhere near as good as the HD+). Those devices share many of the same advantages offered by the Nook HD+, and all offer far better and more consistent performance — the Nook models do have a few cool and unique features, but they're ruined by the lag and freezing. The Nook HD+ won the price war, but unless that's your absolute only consideration, you can find a better tablet without looking very hard.

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Laptop Magazine

Provides a superior tablet reading experience

from Laptop Magazine

Like its little brother, the Nook HD+ provides a sharp screen, solid performance and the best book and magazine experience you can get on a mobile device. Moms and dads will like how easy it is to set up multiple profiles and the built-in parental controls. Considering that it's still light enoug...More

Like its little brother, the Nook HD+ provides a sharp screen, solid performance and the best book and magazine experience you can get on a mobile device. Moms and dads will like how easy it is to set up multiple profiles and the built-in parental controls. Considering that it's still light enough for many users to hold in one hand and costs just $70 more, many will prefer the added screen real estate on the HD+

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ITProPortal

Good build quality and great high resolution screen but limited media support and app selection

from ITProPortal

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ is a solid media and web tablet for £229. The slate has an impressive screen and build quality, and it’s cheap considering this. However, compared to rival larger tablets, the Nook HD+ lags considerably behind on content and app selection. There’s no front-facing camera, either....

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The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ is a solid media and web tablet for £229. The slate has an impressive screen and build quality, and it’s cheap considering this. However, compared to rival larger tablets, the Nook HD+ lags considerably behind on content and app selection. There’s no front-facing camera, either.

Indeed, unless magazines are your killer app, the smaller, more portable Nook HD delivers all the best aspects of the Nook HD+ experience for just £159. I'd recommend the 7in Nook HD to people looking for an excellent tablet for children's books, for instance.

If you want a larger tablet, you’re best off exploring alternative options, although sadly in the UK if you want a Fire HD, you're limited to the 7in model as the 8.9in version is US-only. You could look at the Nexus 10, though, or other Android efforts, or indeed the new iPad (although the latter, at £399, is really best thought of as more of a general purpose computer rather than a simple media tablet).

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TabletPCReview

Well constructed and very nice screen with excellent sound quality

from TabletPCReview

The Nook HD+ is the first large-screen tablet from Barnes & Noble, and it's very well done -- easy to use, with intelligent features like parental controls/family accounts and text to speech powered by Pico. My one semi-major complaint is that it's a bit big for those who spend 90% of their time reading, and doesn't have all of the bells and whistles you'd find on a non-branded Android tablet or on an Apple iPad or iPad mini....

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The Nook HD+ is the first large-screen tablet from Barnes & Noble, and it's very well done -- easy to use, with intelligent features like parental controls/family accounts and text to speech powered by Pico. My one semi-major complaint is that it's a bit big for those who spend 90% of their time reading, and doesn't have all of the bells and whistles you'd find on a non-branded Android tablet or on an Apple iPad or iPad mini.

The Nook HD+ is a great piece of hardware, as all of Barnes & Noble's hardware offerings have been, but it doesn't really set itself apart from the market in any significantly meaningful way unless you have a family, and the new user profile feature is attractive to you. It's an excellent way to make sure that your children can experience the fun of age-appropriate Nook Books and apps while also setting your mind at ease.

If you're trying to decide between the Nook HD+ and new new Kindle tablet, don't panic. We'll also have a full review of the new Amazon Kindle Fire 8.9-inch tablet as well as a comparison of it and the Nook HD+, so stay tuned for more information on how you can choose the best reader's tablet for your needs.

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Cnet

Lightweight, comfortable, and implements magazines and catalogs better than any other tablet

from Cnet

The Nook HD+ is a well-built tablet with a sharp screen and a microSD slot. Those looking to take advantage of a huge media library will be disappointed as Barnes & Noble struggles to match the current movie, TV show, and apps support enjoyed by its rivals.

Still, thanks to their uniq...More

The Nook HD+ is a well-built tablet with a sharp screen and a microSD slot. Those looking to take advantage of a huge media library will be disappointed as Barnes & Noble struggles to match the current movie, TV show, and apps support enjoyed by its rivals.

Still, thanks to their unique and effective implementation, magazines and catalogs are done better here than on any other tablet, and the Nook HD+'s book support can easily stand with the best of them. Starting at only $269, the Nook HD+ makes for a fantastic tablet deal.

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Cnet

A fantastic tablet value

from Cnet

The Nook HD+ is a well-built tablet with a sharp screen and a microSD slot. With the addition of Google Play and access to every app the service has to offer, including Gmail, Google Music, and movies, the Nook HD+ becomes one of the best large tablets available.

Also, thanks to their...More

The Nook HD+ is a well-built tablet with a sharp screen and a microSD slot. With the addition of Google Play and access to every app the service has to offer, including Gmail, Google Music, and movies, the Nook HD+ becomes one of the best large tablets available.

Also, thanks to their unique and effective implementation in the Nook OS, magazines and catalogs are done better here than on any other tablet. Starting at only $149, the Nook HD+ makes for a fantastic tablet deal.

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