Barnes & Noble NOOK HD ReviewBarnes & Noble NOOK HD 7.5
Without question, there’s a lot of emphasis regarding its beautiful and detailed display, but in gaining the recognition of having the highest-resolution 7-inch tablet, Barnes & Noble had to make a compromise to keep its price within budget. And with that folks, there are no cameras whatsoever on this one – front or back. Therefore, it’s missing out on video-chatting functionality that its closest rivals offer.
Quickly peeking at the native music player, it’s hardly a head turner with its bleak and cookie cutter presentation value. Regardless of that, its stereo speakers pump out some blistering tones that are backed up by some robust tones.
Loading our test videos, it’s comforting to know that it supports a wide array of video codecs out of the box, and more importantly, it didn’t have any issues with playback. In fact, it maintains a lovely playback performance, but even better, the brilliant looking display merely splashes on some vibrancy to the entire experience.
1. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Good review, Heck! Nook HD is not available in India
2. ceepyou (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
My wife loves her NOOK HD and is reading on it all the time. There are several pertinent news apps (even Flipboard) and with the screen brightness down she can get two days of usage.
On my 32GB NOOK HD+ (the 9" big brother) I have to say that this is a pretty darn good tablet. Is it as fast and fluid as my iPad 3. Certainly not but I was able to sell that and buy each of these and pocket some change so it is really hard to be unhappy with these tablets. Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, and Netflix are supported out of the box. There is a Revision 3 app for catching up on my nerd shows, and it has Dolphin web browser! Plus Quick Office pro is only $4.99 for it right now!
I also love the developer attention these are getting at XDA. Jellybean is in the primary stages of being ported over (only SD card at the moment). In a few months, I will have a daily driver 9" 32gb tablet with microSD card expansion and a 1920x1280 display and Android 4.2 for less than $300! Brilliant!
On both these devices, I highly recommend a matte screen protector as they don't seem to have much or any oleophobic coating on them. The screen is a finger print magnet without one.
Great review John. Now if PA could review the 9" HD+ we could then have a Kindle Fire HD vs NOOK HD vs Nexus 7 as well as a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 vs NOOK HD+ vs __________ comparison article.