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Barnes & Noble nook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2982 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and performance. The screen and value for money are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Barnes & Noble nook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight review: much improved, but the competition is still winning


There's a lot to be said for being first. Barnes & Noble beat the competition to the punch with the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight -- an e-reader

Lightweight ; Much-improved frontlight ; Better display than last time

No more physical page buttons ; The microSD slot has been removed ; Frontlighting still not on par with the competition

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ Review


Barnes & Noble invented the low-cost, basic tablet category with the Nook Color, a paired-down Android slate aimed at people who love e-books. Since the Color, the Nook has evolved into ever more sophisticated tablets and has now grown in size. The...

Comfortable, lightweight design ; Excellent display ; Good reading experience for magazines, comics, kid's books ; Well-designed interface ; Profiles for multi-user households and kids ; Speedy performance ; Long battery life

Limited when compared to most Android tablets ; Small app selection ; No cameras

The Nook HD+ is an excellent choice for people who want a simple, easy tablet experience focused on consuming books, video, and other media.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD Review


Back when Barnes & Noble released the Nook Color, the company created a new category of Android tablet: a low-cost, paired down device with a focus on a certain kind of user. They called it a “Reader's Tablet” and made clear that they weren't trying to...

Beautiful, high-resolution screen ; Excellent reading experience in e-books, comics, and magazines ; Smooth performance ; Comfortable, light design ; Well-designed interface

Proprietary connection port ; App and multimedia selection lags behind competition ; Uninspiring speakers ; Not as open and unrestricted as stock Android tablets

The Nook HD is still a worthy tablet contender, even though there are now many more Android tablets that match its low price. Cost isn't everything, and the Nook's features are compelling.


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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review


Barnes & Noble picked a tough time to revamp its lineup of tablets. On the one hand, the 7-inch market is both more crowded and more mature than ever thanks to the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and iPad mini. Meanwhile, the newest iPad is better than ever,...

Terrific display ; Nice design and build quality ; Great reading experience

Constant performance problems ; Weak speaker ; App selection is lacking

You get what you pay for, apparently

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review: a high-def 9-inch tablet at an entry-level price


More Info Barnes & Noble announces Nook HD+ 9-inch tablet, we go hands-on Nook HD review: a high-def tablet with the heart of a reader

Brilliant high-res display ; Tempting price ; Device is comfortable to hold ; Good reading experience

Uninspired UI ; Limited selection of apps, multimedia content

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.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+


Barnes & Noble's Nook HD+ is an impressive $269 (16GB, direct) tablet. But a great 9-inch tablet experience is as much about content as it is about hardware, and that's where the Nook HD+ falls short. The Nook has definite advantages over the Kindle...

Inexpensive. High-resolution screen. Quality build. Supports multiple users. Great children's books and magazines

Very limited media store, media-format support, and app selection. Slow Wi-Fi

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.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+


Editors' note, November 25, 2013: Due to increasingly stronger competition in the tablet space, CNET has lowered the score of the Nook HD+.

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ starts at only $149, and has a sharp screen, good performance, and a microSD slot. It's also lightweight and comfortable, and implements magazines and catalogs better than any other tablet.

There are no cameras, the screen is susceptible to fingerprints, and the OS can feel sluggish at times.

The Nook HD+ is a low-price, quality entry point into the world of tablets, especially now that it has full Google Play support.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD Review


The popular bookseller Barnes & Noble surely have a great pair of tablets on their hands, but they are rarely mentioned while talking about budget friendly tablets. With a strong focus on e-readers and digital content the Nook HD puts up a great fight...

When it comes down to what we want in a tablet this delivers in terms of hardware, but still fails just enough in the software and content to truly make it worthy of a full recommendation. While we love where the NOOK line is going — and hope it will...

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD


The Reader's Tablet strikes again. The Barnes & Noble Nook HD ($199 for 8GB, $229 for 16GB) has the best hardware of any 7-inch tablet in its price class. It's light and well built, with a grippy body and an absolutely stellar screen. As long as you...

Spectacular screen. Well built. Smooth performance. Memory card slot

So-so battery life. The most locked-down of any tablet we've seen. Other than books, much less content available than on competing tablets

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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Barnes Noble Nook HD


Barnes & Noble's new 7-inch tablet offers a gorgeous screen, category-leading battery life and the best family reading experience.

Bright sharp screen; Best battery life among 7-inch tablets; Family-friendly features and content; microSD Expansion

No camera; Few compelling videos in store for now; Less apps than competing tablets; No music store

Click to EnlargeBarnes & Noble's Nook HD is a strong choice among 7-inch media tablets. The device offers the sharpest screen and the longest-lasting battery in its class inside a design that's thinner and lighter than the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire...

Product Specifications

nook's easy-to read Ink display is more like a traditional book than a computer screen. With no glare or backlight, and adjustable text size, you can read comfortably hours. nook makes it easy to bookmark, highlight passages, or make notes - plus, look up words mid-sentence using the built-in dictionary. Use reading now, your virtual bookmark, to bring you back to the last book you've read, right where you left off.

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Technology:Lithium polymer

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:4-bit (16 gray levels)
Diagonal Size:6in
Diagonal Size (metric):15.2cm
Technology:E Ink

Flash Memory

Installed Size:2GB

GPS System

GPS Navigation: None


Manufacturer:Barnes & Noble
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Barnes & Noble nook


Type:Wireless cellular modem


Wireless Connectivity:IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Handheld Type:eBook reader