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Barnes & Noble unveils new Nook HD tablets

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Barnes & Noble unveils new Nook HD tablets
It wasn’t long ago that Amazon unveiled its new Kindle Fires, and now it was Barnes & Noble’s turn to compete with new devices of its own. It’s done just that. Today, Barnes & Noble announced the Nook HD, a family of very affordable tablets with high-resolution screens and upgraded internals coming in a 7-inch and 9-inch flavor.

The Nook HD is the “lightest 7-inch tablet on the market,” and B&N didn’t hesitate to point out why it’s better than the Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7. First, getting the weight to merely 11.1 ounces (315 grams) is definitely something you’d appreciate when you have to hold the tablet for longer. In comparison, the Nexus 7 is 12 ounces and the Fire HD is 13.9 ounces.

Next comes the Nook HD screen. HD here stands for the whopping 1440 x 900 pixels of resolution, or 243ppi, definitely beating the Nexus and Fire HD.

The other member of the family is the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+, a 9-inch tablet with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Again, it's the lightest in its class weighing merely 1.13 pounds (515 grams).

Both tablets share a new dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor. On the 7-inch Nook HD the processor clock speed is set at 1.3GHz, and on the HD+ it’s at 1.5GHz. Both also get 1GB of RAM. The devices also feature stereo speakers with SRS TruMedia audio, which are reportedly blasting at full volume with little distortion.

Battery life also looks pretty solid at more than 10 hours of reading on a single charge, or around nine hours of video playback.

There is one catch, though, and that’s of course the software. The new Nook HD tablets are based on Android 4.0, but you probably wouldn’t be able to tell as the Barnes & Noble skin on top of it is very heavy. You’re basically getting a device to access the B&N ecosystem. Sadly, that means no Google Play, but instead a curated B&N app catalog. On the plus side, getting in the ecosystem means easy access to books and other B&N stuff, and on the downside, you don’t quite get the full Android experience.

Is this tradeoff worth it? The devices defeinitely have luring prices. The Nook HD and HD+ release date is set for the end of October. Here is how the prices break down:

  • Nook HD 8GB (expandable memory with microSD card slot) -- $199
  • Nook HD 16GB (expandable memory) -- $229

  • Nook HD+ 16GB -- $269
  • Nooka HD+ 32GB -- $299

Are you getting one and if yes, which one?

source: Barnes & Noble

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posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:38

1. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

looking good! but honestly, kindle fire HD is better! it has camera at the same price tag! on the other hand the HD+ is good too! but still no camera! but at cheap price? what do you expect!

i just wish lower than what kindle fire offered! kindle fire 2 starts at $159 same with no camera!

but atleast they have memory card slot!

oh well they are just ebook...

unlike amazon.. they want to have a full proof ecosystem!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:44

2. iche.fae85 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 May 2012)

the nook hd+ is actually cheaper with a better screen. It lacks a camera yes but the 32gig is also 70 dollars cheaper

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 03:03

3. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

fun fact: the expression is actually "foolproof" meaning impossible for even fools to mess it up!
Personally I'm not bothered about the lack of a camera, though it does seem like sort of a prerequisite.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 04:13

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i like them, they're very awesome looking tablets however the Nexus 7 is on the market baby so the dev support that made the Nook Color so good will likely not make it's way to this one so much.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 04:40 1

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Nice screen on the 7" and cool designs. I'm still not regretting getting my nexus 7 though. I just wish Asus would sell the official pogo dock already!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:44 1

6. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Good improvement, and very competitive with what's out.

That said, I'm saving any potential tablet purchase for Windows 8 Pro. Nothing else compares with its raw capability

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:35

7. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I have the original Nook Color.. I keep telling myself that I will not buy another color e-reader, instead switching to something like the Nexus 7.

But man, this looks good! I really like the design much better bezel-wise than what the Nexus 7 has going on. I do some travel, so having the 7" screen on as small and light of a chassis as possible is a benefit to me.

hmmmmm..... what to do!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 12:06

8. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Well, no HDMI, not for me. A pity because I think it looks good.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:04

9. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Spec sheets like HDMI output.

And I would rather take the better screen of the 7 than the front camera, and for the 9, would rather have 32GB than 16GB and Front Camera. Nook wins again in specs, but consumers will be conned by Amazon again, that's what I predict.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 21:51

10. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I luv youuuuuuuuu!!! (oprah voice). :P

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 02:59 2

11. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

They actually care about design more the kindle and nexus. Best looking ereader/tablet I've seen not spec wise but visually

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