September 26th 2012 1:27 am

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A high-def tablet with the heart of a reader

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Barnes & Noble invested a lot in its hardware, and it shows. The Nook HD has a great little screen, snappy performance and an industrial design that stands out from the competition without being polarizing. Most of all, it's built to be held, underlining the fact that reading is front and center here. That core functionality spills over onto the software side, making magazines, comics and kids' books a pleasure to read. Priced (ad-free) at $199 for an 8GB model and $229 for 16GB, it's a great piece of hardware, especially if you want a reader that can also handle casual gaming and high-def videos. And, the addition of profiles makes this a tempting proposition for families with children.

The "paper-like" UI, on the other hand, doesn't feel as if it got quite as much attention. It's stark and even buggy at times, though the company says a fix is coming shortly. Also, the lack of a camera feels like an oversight. All said, the Nook HD is a fine tablet for the price, though in a space where the Kindle and Nexus have been crowned champions, asking people to make the leap could be a hard sell.

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Critic reviews

7.5
18 reviews
  • Features
    6.9
  • Display
    9.2
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Storage capacity
    8.1
  • Design and form factor
    7.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2
  • Durability
    6.4

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7.0
3 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 30, 2012

The Nook HD is a fine little tablet for the price, though in a space where the Kindle and Nexus have been crowned champions, asking people to make the leap feels like a bit of a hard sell.

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8.0
TechCrunch Oct 30, 2012

At $199 it’s on par with anything else out there and, more important, it surpasses anything else in the Nook catalog. If you’re looking for a solid, standalone reader with lots of media chops you could do worse than picking up one of these this holiday.

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8.0
New York Times Oct 30, 2012

In the hardware war, Nook HD clearly wins this round. The Nook HD is fast, fluid and gorgeous; the Fire HD lags in all of those categories.

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8.0
AllThingsD Nov 13, 2012

Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD makes up for its ho-hum physical build with a remarkably good screen, and it does a nice job of helping users discover more content. But to play in prime time, it needs more apps that matter and fewer quirks.

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8.0
Computerworld Nov 16, 2012

For me, however, the Nook HD remains my favorite. Its better software, exceptional screen, faster Web browsing and much smoother performance make it the winner in my eyes.

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7.0
CNET Oct 30, 2012

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD can’t match competing tablets in media library breadth, but as long as you're not looking for bells and whistles, its sharp screen and comfortable body make it an ideal tablet choice for reading books and magazines.

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7.0
PC Mag Nov 1, 2012

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD is a gorgeous little tablet, but outside of reading, there's not enough you can do with it.

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6.0
Gizmodo Oct 30, 2012

The Nook HD makes a strong case for itself versus the Fire HD with its killer screen, better browser, and expandable storage, even though it’s not as easy to use. If you’re already invested in the Barnes & Noble ecosystem, then maybe. But even then, it’s hard to make an argument.

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9.0
Mashable Oct 30, 2012

It’s feature rich, fast, fluid, has an excellent interface and is well worth $200. It’s the obvious choice for previous Nook owners and deserves serious consideration for those in the other e-reader and mid-sized tablet camps who may be considering jumping ship.

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8.0
Time Oct 30, 2012

The Nook HD keeps Barnes & Noble in the cheap-tablet game it helped create with its original Nook Color. Anyone who’s got $199 to spend on a tablet should give this Nook a look.

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8.0
TechHive Oct 30, 2012

The Nook HD is optimized for reading, but it also delivers a well-rounded and personalized, if not complete, tablet experience.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 13, 2012

If you're looking for a tablet primarily for content consumption - books, movies, magazines - then the Nook HD is an excellent choice. But if you want it to give you more freedom, then it's worth looking around.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Nov 22, 2012

It's remains excellent value for the amount of hardware you get, but compared to the Google Nexus 7, techies may find its limitations frustrating.

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5.0
TechRadar Nov 23, 2012

The Nook HD is a sturdy, well-built tablet with an impressive screen and weight, but the cheap plastic bezel does make it painfully clear that this is a budget device, and when you put it side by side with the competition the HD struggles to look 'grown-up'.

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7.0
IT Pro Portal Nov 2, 2012

B&N has an audience in mind here, and that audience includes a lot of kids and people who play casual rather than "serious" games. They'll be satisfied with the Nook HD's selection, but the limited choice ensures that, ... this is a "reader's tablet" rather than a general-purpose computing device.

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6.0
Expert Reviews Dec 4, 2012

The UI is great, the tablet has impressive performance and reading books and magazines on its high density display is a joy. And yet, until there's a decent library of apps and games to download, the Nook HD's appeal will remain limited.

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9.0
USA Today Nov 6, 2012

The arrival of the Nook HD and Nexus 10 — on top of all the other slates out there — means consumers have two more excellent tablets to choose from, both big and small.

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8.0
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If you are looking for a 7" tablet to use mainly for reading and the occasional app, game, or movie, the Nook HD fits the bill perfectly. It's high-resolution screen is easy on the eyes - perfect for reading. If you want a tablet with just occasional reading, then you might be better served by...

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