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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD vs Microsoft Surface RT

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Remove phone

Posted: 26 Sep 2012
Market Status: Released
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Microsoft Surface RT Remove phone

Posted: 18 Jun 2012
Market Status: Released

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Design
Device typeTabletTablet 
OSAndroid (4.0)Windows (RT) 
Dimensions7.65 x 5.00 x 0.43 inches (194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm)10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm) 
Weight11.11 oz (315 g)
the average is 14.6 oz (416 g)
24.00 oz (680 g)
the average is 14.6 oz (416 g)
 
Display
Physical size7.0 inches10.6 inches 
Resolution1440 x 900 pixels1366 x 768 pixels 
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

243 ppi148 ppi 
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCD  
Colors16 777 216  
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touch 
Features Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass 
Camera
Camera 1 megapixel 
Camcorder 1920x1080 (1080p HD) 
Features Video calling 
Front-facing camera Yes 
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

TI OMAP4470NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Dual core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 
Graphics processorPowerVR SGX544 @ 384 MHzULP GeForce @ 520MHz 
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

1024 MB RAM2048 MB RAM 
Built-in storage8 GB32 GB 
Maximum User Storage5 GB  
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC up to 32 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 
Battery
Not user replaceableYesYes 
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Multimedia
Music player   
Filter by Album, Artist, Playlists 
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playback, SRS TruMediaAlbum art cover, Background playback 
SpeakersStereo speakersStereo speakers 
Internet browsing
Browser Internet Explorer 10 
Built-in online services supportFacebook  
Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.0 
Wi-Fi802.11 b, g, n802.11 a, b, g, n 
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0 
ConnectormicroUSBFull-size USB 
HDMIYesMicro HDMI (Type D) 
Other TV-Out, OTA sync 
Other features
Notifications Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone 
SensorsAccelerometerAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
Other Voice recording 
Availability
Officially announced26 Sep 201218 Jun 2012 
Shopping information
Warranty period 12 Months 
AccessoriesNOOK Tablet, USB Cable, Quick Start Guide, Power Adapter  
MSRP price$ 199$ 500 

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