Barnes & Noble nook HD+
With the Nook HD+, Barnes & Noble is offering a nice piece of hardware at a good price. Too bad it's somewhat limited on the software side.
- Brilliant high-res displayTempting priceDevice is comfortable to holdGood reading experience
- Uninspired UILimited selection of apps, multimedia content
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All told, the Nook HD+ isn't likely to burn up the holiday charts like the Kindle Fire HD or iPad mini, but we definitely wouldn't mind finding one in our stocking this season
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The Nook HD+ isn't the fastest tablet available
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Barnes & Noble nook HD+
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- 71AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE9 ReviewsEngadget80Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review: a high-def 9-inchAll told, the Nook HD+ isn't likely to burn up the holiday charts like the Kindle Fire HD or iPad mini, but we definitely wouldn't mind finding one in our stocking this season.Laptop Magazine80Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ ReviewWith a beautiful screen, interactive books / magazines and strong parental controls, Barnes & Noble's Nook HD+ provides a superior tablet reading experience.PC Mag60Barnes & Noble Nook HD+The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ is a good choice for book lovers, but its smaller 7-inch sibling is a better bet. We want a lot more from a 9-inch tablet.CNET80Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review: A fantastic tabletThough lacking in media options, the Nook HD+ is a low-priced, quality entry point into the world of tablets.Pocket-Lint90Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review...we love the style and think the battery life is very impressive. The downside of the Nook has to be that it's not very light, and so reading with it will be a bit of a chore, but that HD screen really makes text look stunning along with anything else you care to throw on it.Mashable70Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ is a Big Screen, Good VaAt $269 for the 16 GB model (I tested the $299 32 GB option), Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD+ is one of the most affordable large-screen tablets on the market.TrustedReviews50Nook HD Plus reviewThe Nook HD Plus has a fantastic screen for its price and greatly benefits from the addition of Google Play apps to bolster the limited selection provided by the Barnes & Noble store, too. However, its sluggish performance and poor build quality are too much to overlook.Business Insider70REVIEW: The New Big-Screen Nook HD+ Tablet From BaShould you buy it? No. The 7-inch Nook HD is not only cheaper, but it's also prettier and just as easy to use. The 9-inch Nook HD+ is supposed Barnes & Noble's "deluxe" e-reader, but it feels weird and wonky.IT Pro Portal60Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ reviewThe slate has an impressive screen and build quality, and it’s cheap considering this. However, compared to rival larger tablets, the Nook HD+ lags considerably behind on content and app selection. There’s no front-facing camera, either.
- 87AVERAGE USER SCORE7 ReviewsEngadget Reader90April 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Nook HD+ isn't the fastest tablet available. It doesn't have the best screen or the easiest-to-use interface. It doesn't have a camera or GPS. But it is probably the best tablet you can buy for less than $200, and it is probably the best overall tablet value on the market, at the moment. The screen features an impressive 9 inches of 1920 x 1280 resolution. It is big enough and clear enough to read books without enlarging the page beyond the margins of the tablet, which makes it particularly useful for reading. It is small enough to be reasonably portable, however. The bezel around the edges is just wide enoough to grab the tablet comfortably without touching the screen. I use the famous B&N hole in the lower left corner to attach a lanyard, as a further failsafe against dropping the thing. This tablet is designed for portability - you don't have to coddle it.The standard SSD hard drive (indeed, the only one available) is 32 GB. The micro SD card slot can accommodate up to 64 GB of additional storage. You can't get that kind of storage space in any other new, branded tablet for under $200. The screen accumulates fingerprints to an astonishing degree, but it is not generally noticeable when you are using the tablet at normal viewing angles. B&N use a proprietary connector for charging and data, which I thought would be more annoying than it has been. I actually have come to appreciate the larger plug, which is easier to grab and seems to snap into the connector better than micro usb connectors generally do. I do not find the B&N interface to be very intuitive. I would have preferred stock Android. It takes a while to learn your way around this tablet. The absence of the Android "back" and "menu" keys is extremely annoying. If there is a file manager, I have not found it, which strikes me as curious. I installed some third party file managers from Google Play. This tablet is rootable, which is one of the reasons I bought it, but I have not tried this yet. Opening up the HD+ to Google Play is one of the best things B&N have done with this tablet. Availability of software is not an issue with the HD+ - it's massive.As noted above, there is no camera, which does not affect me, as I am not inclined to use tablets for photography; nor do I Skype much. But this might be a deal-breaker for some people. Also, there is no GPS, which, again, I do not find to be an issue, but some applications would not work without this. In summary, the Nook HD+ cuts some selective corners to offer a phenomenally good deal on a media consumption device which plays to B&N's strength as a media marketer. Most tablet users, I suspect, can live quite happily with the compromises B&N have made. B&N have targeted a sweet spot of usability for most tablet users, and have hit that mark well. I also own a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, a leading edge tablet for which I paid more than twice as much as I did for the Nook HD+. I have not used the Samsung since I bought my Nook.Engadget Reader60January 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100July 15, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetDan90June 19, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!For the price ( 150$) it's best tablet on the marker. And the display is just gorgeous. Slap a CM10.1 on and you have a 150$ Nexus tablet.Engadget Reader90May 21, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100December 22, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!was looking for an 8 inch tablet as finding my old archos 70it a bit small, but struggled to find anything suitable. Then B&N announced the HD+ coming to the UK so was an easy choice(esp once xda guys had confirmed it could be rooted and had a custom ICS ROM booting). So far very impressed but do not use the stock B&N ROM which I did find a bit light in colouring plus their app store needs to improve as not as rich as googles.Engadget Reader80December 7, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The nook hd+ has a beautiful screen and and a very long battery. Comic books and magazines look great. With heavy use, I can get about 9.5 to 10 hours out of the device. The web browser functions, but isn't perfect. The barnes and noble store loads, but many apps aren't designed for the hd+ yet. I think this will get better with time. Also, there is no good way for managing which account has permission to an app. Instead of controlling this from the system settings, you have to go into the shop and search for the app. Sloppy. The email app works well with both yahoo and gmail. The images don't load by default and I wish there was a way to change this. Otherwise, emails load quickly and efficiently.The hd+ connects to my bluetooth quickly and easily. The sound works across pandora, netflix, etc..Overall, this is a great device for the price. The screen resolution is so good you won't see any pixels on magazines, comic books, or in the rendered text. The device is light for a tablet. Although not perfect, I'm quite happy with this device for its price.
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