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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Review

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD 7.5

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Review
With our normal usage, we’re able to milk out its battery enough to provide us with a solid one day of usage, which is normal in this day and age. Still, we’d fathom it can get more if it packed an ambient light sensor, but instead, there’s only a manual brightness setting.


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.

Software version of the review unit: 2.0.4

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Video Review:


  • Sharpest display on a 7-inch tablet is great for reading


  • App selection is limited
  • No cameras
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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 07:13

1. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

Good review, Heck! Nook HD is not available in India

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 19:48

2. ceepyou (Posts: 45; 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.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 06:15

3. jscipher (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

nice,great new years gift option.

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Display7.0 inches, 1440 x 900 pixels (243 ppi) IPS LCD
TI OMAP4470, Dual-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size7.65 x 5.00 x 0.43 inches
(194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm)
11.11 oz  (315 g)

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