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NOOK HD review

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7.8/10
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The NOOK HD currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

E-book readers these days are made for more than just reading e-books on the go. This is true especially for the high-end device segment. Something like the Barnes & Noble Nook HD is kind of in a league of its own already. And in some ways, it is. For starters, it comes with one of the highest resolution 7-inch displays ever released, with a native resolution of 1440x900 pixels. Also, its default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In other words, a good modern operating system with which you can download apps galore.

The default amount of on-device RAM on the Nook HD is 1GB. And as for the internal storage space, you get either 8GB or 16GB depending on your configuration of choice. In the end, though, it doesn’t really matter since you can easily add extra storage through microSD cards. It’s really more than just another e-book reader; B&N knows what kind of stuff consumers like to spend their time on nowadays, and the Nook HD is equipped to support all kinds of multimedia content: books, music, movies, games, and so on.

Users are sure to find the 10-hour battery life for reading e-books very useful. It also lasts 9 hours for video playback, almost enough to get through the Lord of The Rings trilogy. Speaking of which, there’s an HDMI-out port that can be used to connect to external monitors and enjoy whatever type of media content on a much bigger screen.

Overall, the Nook HD is pretty well-equipped. However, it does have a few missing features, such as a built-in camera, NFC, and 4G LTE. It can also cost much more than many other models available in the 7-inch market segment.

For those who would like an e-reader with the added bonus of an entire content ecosystem, it’s an excellent choice. But it should be noted that more affordable alternatives exist.

Need to Know: Barnes & Noble Nook HD

1. Comes with a 7-inch 1440x900 touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Default OS is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)

3. Battery life could be longer, especially for reading e-books. (The Bad)

4. No cameras. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Pro

Aside from those obvious weaknesses, however, the Nook HD still represents a fantastic buy. It has a great screen, decent performance, very good battery life and a good all-round design, yet it costs a mere £99. The Fonepad's smartphone features and 3G capability keep it on top, but if you don...

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro
Tech Advisor

We can hardly find fault with the hardware, but UK-specific content - including magazines, newspapers, books and apps - is sorely lacking. Much is promised, but you're taking a risk if you jump in and buy a Nook HD right now. As with the Kindle Fire HD, the Nook HD will be good option for anyone wan...

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
Digital Trends

The Nook HD is still a worthy tablet contender, even though there are now many more Android tablets that match its low price. Cost isn’t everything, and the Nook’s features are compelling, especially for people who love to read and use their tablet mostly for that purpose. We like that t...

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends
Know Your Mobile

If we had someone else’s credit card, we’d absolutely love the Nook HD. It doesn’t have the best design out there and it uses a proprietary charger, but its a powerful tablet with a gorgeous screen and expandable memory. That you can have profiles and child locked content also makes it a perfect sha...

- Basil Kronfli, Know Your Mobile
Know Your Mobile

If we had someone else’s credit card, we’d absolutely love the Nook HD. It doesn’t have the best design out there and it uses a proprietary charger, but its a powerful tablet with a gorgeous screen and expandable memory. That you can have profiles and child locked content also mak...

- Basil Kronfli, Know Your Mobile


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Screen Size
7"

The NOOK HD's screen size is 7 inches with 900 x 1440 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Cortex A9 1.3 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
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 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 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 Cortex A9 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.3 W/kg
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: 3 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Snow, Smoke
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.4 x 12.7 x 1.1 cm (7.6 x 5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 315 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 900 x 1440 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 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, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
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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Critic Reviews


PC Pro

An excellent compact tablet for those who don’t need 3G

from PC Pro

Aside from those obvious weaknesses, however, the Nook HD still represents a fantastic buy. It has a great screen, decent performance, very good battery life and a good all-round design, yet it costs a mere £99. The Fonepad's smartphone features and 3G capability keep it on top, but if you don't need those, this is the next best thing.

Read full review

Aside from those obvious weaknesses, however, the Nook HD still represents a fantastic buy. It has a great screen, decent performance, very good battery life and a good all-round design, yet it costs a mere £99. The Fonepad's smartphone features and 3G capability keep it on top, but if you don't need those, this is the next best thing.

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Tech Advisor

A cheap 7 inch tablet with a stunning HD screen

from Tech Advisor

We can hardly find fault with the hardware, but UK-specific content - including magazines, newspapers, books and apps - is sorely lacking. Much is promised, but you're taking a risk if you jump in and buy a Nook HD right now. As with the Kindle Fire HD, the Nook HD will be good option for anyone...More

We can hardly find fault with the hardware, but UK-specific content - including magazines, newspapers, books and apps - is sorely lacking. Much is promised, but you're taking a risk if you jump in and buy a Nook HD right now. As with the Kindle Fire HD, the Nook HD will be good option for anyone wanting something that's easy to use, and there's the bonus of user profiles as well. However, if you don't want to be completely locked in to the Nook store, you're better off with a Nexus 7 at this price.

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Digital Trends

The Nook's features are compelling

from Digital Trends

The Nook HD is still a worthy tablet contender, even though there are now many more Android tablets that match its low price. Cost isn’t everything, and the Nook’s features are compelling, especially for people who love to read and use their tablet mostly for that purpose. We like tha...More

The Nook HD is still a worthy tablet contender, even though there are now many more Android tablets that match its low price. Cost isn’t everything, and the Nook’s features are compelling, especially for people who love to read and use their tablet mostly for that purpose. We like that there are more multimedia options now and the display is beautiful. Plus, profiles mean that parents can hand this tablet off without worrying kids will get into content they shouldn’t. However, this tablet isn’t for everyone.

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Know Your Mobile

It’s a charming eReader with great value hardware

from Know Your Mobile

If we had someone else’s credit card, we’d absolutely love the Nook HD. It doesn’t have the best design out there and it uses a proprietary charger, but its a powerful tablet with a gorgeous screen and expandable memory. That you can have profiles and child locked content also makes it a perfect shared device.

Read full review

If we had someone else’s credit card, we’d absolutely love the Nook HD. It doesn’t have the best design out there and it uses a proprietary charger, but its a powerful tablet with a gorgeous screen and expandable memory. That you can have profiles and child locked content also makes it a perfect shared device.

Read full review

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Know Your Mobile

A powerful tablet with a gorgeous screen

from Know Your Mobile

If we had someone else’s credit card, we’d absolutely love the Nook HD.

It doesn’t have the best design out there and it uses a proprietary charger, but its a powerful tablet with a gorgeous screen and expandable memory. That you can have profiles and child locked content also makes it a perfect shared device....

More

If we had someone else’s credit card, we’d absolutely love the Nook HD.

It doesn’t have the best design out there and it uses a proprietary charger, but its a powerful tablet with a gorgeous screen and expandable memory. That you can have profiles and child locked content also makes it a perfect shared device.

At just £159 for 8GB version, it's an alluring buy and rightly so, but buy a Nook HD in the knowledge content on it is costly.

We'd therefore recommend one based on the charm of the UI and hardware. Unless you’re heavily invested in Amazon content, we’d even recommend the Nook HD over the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, making it our choice eReader. If you want a tablet first and foremost though, there’s no way either could stand up to the Google Nexus 7.

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PhoneArena

Sharpest display on a 7-inch tablet

from PhoneArena

Here’s the deal folks. If reading is more of your forte than anything else, there’s no question that the NOOK HD is the ideal tablet for you, especially when it has a healthy and robust ecosystem in that particular category. And with that snazzy looking display, it’s sure to be swell for other things – like watching movies and surfing the web. However, its limited apps selection combined with its heavy skinned interface (while still appreciable experience) lacks the comprehensiveness that the Google Nexus 7 offers with its vanilla Android experience....

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Here’s the deal folks. If reading is more of your forte than anything else, there’s no question that the NOOK HD is the ideal tablet for you, especially when it has a healthy and robust ecosystem in that particular category. And with that snazzy looking display, it’s sure to be swell for other things – like watching movies and surfing the web. However, its limited apps selection combined with its heavy skinned interface (while still appreciable experience) lacks the comprehensiveness that the Google Nexus 7 offers with its vanilla Android experience.

Well, it might not be so much of a deal breaker for some people, but you still have to figure in that it’s lacking even a front-facing camera for video chatting, which many of these affordable Android tablets offer. Needless to say, if those aren’t concerns to you, then you’ll make good use out of Barnes & Noble’s latest offering. At $200, there’s no denying there’s still a good amount of value in it, but you’ll seriously need to figure out what features are most pertinent to your needs before making a decision.

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SlashGear

The screen is vibrant and crisp, performance is snappy and family friendly

from SlashGear

In the end Barnes & Noble invested a lot into both their hardware and software, and it shows. The screen is vibrant and crisp, performance is snappy and family friendly, and their unique industrial design stands out from the competition while remaining familiar. Overall while B&N has made an excellent product the software and ecosystem still needs some help. Riddled with poor performance in the OS and gaming, everything but reading books and magazines just takes too much effort when you’ve used iOS or regular Android....

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In the end Barnes & Noble invested a lot into both their hardware and software, and it shows. The screen is vibrant and crisp, performance is snappy and family friendly, and their unique industrial design stands out from the competition while remaining familiar. Overall while B&N has made an excellent product the software and ecosystem still needs some help. Riddled with poor performance in the OS and gaming, everything but reading books and magazines just takes too much effort when you’ve used iOS or regular Android.

When it comes down to what we want in a tablet this delivers in terms of hardware, but still fails just enough in the software and content to truly make it worthy of a full recommendation. While we love where the NOOK line is going — and hope it will get there — the Nexus 7, iPad mini, and Kindle Fire HD still offer more that make them an easier and better choice. Lacking the ecosystem of true Android or iOS, not having a camera, and not delivering enough content for consumption like the Kindle Fire HD achieves makes this a miss. If you’re invested in the B&N world already, this is a worthy update in all aspects and is by far the best NOOK yet.

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The Telegraph

A tablet with a unique focus on digital versions of magazines

from The Telegraph

What makes the Nook stand out is that functional software; useful for several users, a boon to children, coupled with a very functional design. Magazine fiends have no better option at this price; whether that’s enough to see Nook get off the ground remains to be seen. But it has, for some...More

What makes the Nook stand out is that functional software; useful for several users, a boon to children, coupled with a very functional design. Magazine fiends have no better option at this price; whether that’s enough to see Nook get off the ground remains to be seen. But it has, for some retailers at least, already displaced the Kobo models. Just the iPad, Android and the Kindle to go then.

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Good E-Reader

Bulky and cumbersome and not indicitive to Barnes and Noble’s history of tablets

from Good E-Reader

To be honest, I was not sold on the Nook HD+. I found the overall device to be bulky and cumbersome and not indicitive to Barnes and Noble’s history of tablets. Many people buying this device would have purchased the prior models, and this HD is an upgrade in every sense of the word.

When we compared the Nook HD and Nook Tablet side by side, the differences were striking. Resolution, ArticleView, Store, Scrapbook, and Movies are the main additions that should appeal to anyone looking to upgrade or even purchase it for the first time....

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To be honest, I was not sold on the Nook HD+. I found the overall device to be bulky and cumbersome and not indicitive to Barnes and Noble’s history of tablets. Many people buying this device would have purchased the prior models, and this HD is an upgrade in every sense of the word.

When we compared the Nook HD and Nook Tablet side by side, the differences were striking. Resolution, ArticleView, Store, Scrapbook, and Movies are the main additions that should appeal to anyone looking to upgrade or even purchase it for the first time.

I really do recommend this device to anyone living in the UK or the US. You will have access to all of the content you want and a great ecosystem with all the bestselling books and even magazines, newspapers, and comics.

I would also recommend this to an international user, but you need a USA billing address and credit card. These are not easy to attain, but Shop e-Readers offers USA Visa Giftcards with a billing address, so you can buy anything you want except videos.

Honestly, when it comes to dedicated e-readers in the seven inch tablet segment, this tablet is the one to beat. The Kindle Fire HD 7 and Kobo Arc are the only other ones that are a bit better.

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Tech Advisor

A cheap 7 inch tablet with a stunning HD screen

from Tech Advisor

We can hardly find fault with the hardware, but UK-specific content - including movie streaming and TV catchup - is sorely lacking. Much is promised, but you're taking a risk if you jump in and buy a Nook HD right now. As with the Kindle Fire HD, the Nook HD will be good option for anyone wanting...More

We can hardly find fault with the hardware, but UK-specific content - including movie streaming and TV catchup - is sorely lacking. Much is promised, but you're taking a risk if you jump in and buy a Nook HD right now. As with the Kindle Fire HD, the Nook HD will be good option for anyone wanting something that's easy to use, and there's the bonus of user profiles as well. However, if you don't want to be completely locked in to the Nook store, you're better off with a Nexus 7 at this price.

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