Barnes & Noble nook HD

74
Engadget
Score
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Nook HD review: a high-def tablet with the heart of a reader

Summary

The Nook HD is a nice piece of hardware at a great price that's hampered somewhat by skinned Android.

from $79.99+
Pros
  • Low priceNice, distinct hardwareGreat screen
Cons
  • Bland UINo access to Google PlaySoftware not fully baked at time of review
Nook HD review: a high-def tablet with the heart of a reader

Barnes & Noble knows where it stands in the tablet race. Sure, the company has been plugging away at the space since the day the Nook Color made its transformation into a full-fledged tablet, but the Nook, it seems, is rarely mentioned in the same breath as the Kindle Fire or Nexus 7, when discussing low-cost tablets. As such, the company seems to rarely mention its devices without discussing the competition -- Amazon in particular. In fact, at the launch event for the Nook HD and HD+, reps trotted out Kindle Fire HDs at every possible opportunity. Seeing the two devices side by side, there's no question that Nook trumps the Fire in a number of categories, and the bookseller has gone a ways toward making the Nook HD stand out in a field full of bigger players. For one thing, the device is far more focused on the reading experience than the competition, a fact reflected in both hardware and UI decisions. The company has also taken a more aggressive approach toward marketing the device toward families. The question, then, is whether these features are enough to capture marketshare from the more prominent devices. See how the Nook HD stacks up after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

74
 

Breakdown

Display
9.2
Portability (size / weight)
8.3
Features
6.8
Battery life
8.0
Design and form factor
8.0
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Specs

nook

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
no
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10.5 hour
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Specs

nook

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
no
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10.5 hour
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