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.