Reviews and Problems with Barnes and Noble Nook HD / BNTV250 (7 inch)
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Nook HD Review
28 December 2012
Summary: The Nook is very limited in what it can do when compared with a general-purpose Android tablet. Seeing as there is a Nook app available in the Google Play store, you can easily transform any Android device into a Nook.
One can look at the heavy modification of the Android 4.0 OS as a good or a bad thing.
Conclusion: Here’s the deal folks. If reading is more of your forte than anything else, there’s no question that the NOOK HD is the ideal tablet for you, especially when it has a healthy and robust ecosystem in that particular category. And with that snazzy looking display, it’s sure to be swell for other things – like watching movies and surfing the web.
Pros: Sharpest display on a 7-inch tablet is great for reading
Excerpt: The fight over tablet market share has officially graduated into a battle royal. After Amazon planted the flag on the mountain for major retailers, Barnes & Noble is now in hot pursuit with the newly announced Nook Tablet . Like the Kindle Fire , the device doesn’t attempt to woo power users with top-notch specs. Instead, it’s all about bang for your buck.
Conclusion: It’s tough to recommend the Barnes & Noble Nook HD over the Nexus 7 for gadget loving adults. Sure, it’s far superior to the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, but as long as manufacturers insist on modifying out of date versions of Android, they’re simply not going to be able to keep up with Google and its own app-packed Play store. But as a low price family slate, the Nook HD is the best we’ve seen.
Pros: We like the build of the Nook HD. Of all the plastic tablets out there, it’s by far the most enjoyable to use: it’s sturdy, attractive and looks thinner than it is. But the star of the show is the screen: the 1440x900 HD display on the Nook HD is in a league of its own. It’s substantially sharper than that of the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and even the iPad mini - reading comics and watching videos on it is an absolute joy, and if you think videos are what you’ll be want...
Cons: For all Barnes & Noble’s claims about the powerful graphics inside the Nook HD, you should really know this: it’s slow. Running a heavily modified version of out of date Android 4.0, it’s substantially laggier than the springy Nexus 7 on 4.2 - particularly on the homescreens and janky web browser. It’s not usually noticeable within apps, but that in itself is another problem: the Nook store is missing lots of these too, and with no access to the Google Play store, or ...
Conclusion: To be honest, I was not sold on the Nook HD+. I found the overall device to be bulky and cumbersome and not indicitive to Barnes and Noble’s history of tablets. Many people buying this device would have purchased the prior models, and this HD is an upgrade in every sense of the word. When we compared the Nook HD and Nook Tablet side by side, the differences were striking.
Pros: New Store, ArticleView and Scrapbook, Movies and TV, Resolution, Stereo Speakers, Magazine Engine, Parental Controls
Cons: Comic Book Selection Is Lacking, Inability to Load in Your Own Apps, No Previews on Movies, Competitor Apps Not in B&N Store
Conclusion: The Nook Tablet is a solid second offering by Retail book giant Barnes and Noble. It gives you hardware wise a real bang for your buck with the dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage. All of the main aspects of the shopping experience has been tremendously refined and is a breeze to find anything you want. This new device is the same cost of the original Nook Color at $249 in the USA.
Conclusion: With the release of Nook tablet, B&N has an important competitor in today’s crowded market of cheap Android tablets. Its predecessor, Nook Color was the second most sold tablet after iPad and, although Amazon poured significantly more money in promoting their product, I like Nook Tablet so much more than Kindle Fire and I played more than a month with both of them.
Pros: fast, excellent battery life, physical buttons and memory expansion slot, HD Netflix streaming, a first, thin and light, gorgeous screen
Cons: limited number of apps in the B&N Nook Market (can be fixed by installing Amazon App Store or Google Android Market), only 1GB from the 16GB available can be used for side loading apps and user content, the rest of it is dedicated to content purchased from B&N store. This seems that will change soon following consumers protests.
Excerpt: Not that I'm an obsessive reader--that Twilight Zone with Burgess Meredith and the eyeglasses really freaked me out--but the drastic movement away from the tried-and-true form factor of books and into the modern realm of the eReader has been a fascinating revolution to watch. Not surprisingly, book purveyor has been actively involved in this migration to the digital realm with its growing line of NOOK products, offering bibliophiles the ability to read a multitude of...
Pros: Stunning LCD touchscreen, fast CPU, handy form factor, Always-welcome Adobe Flash Player support for online video!, A terrific value at $249, microSD card slot in addition to 16GB of internal storage
Cons: Only 1GB of the embedded memory is really at our disposal, No camera, Limited movie and music options, Several features require a credit card