Reviews and Problems with Barnes and Noble Nook HD / BNTV250 (7 inch)
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Barnes & Noble Nook HD Review
12 February 2013
Conclusion: 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, especially for people who love to read and use their tablet mostly for that purpose. We like that there are more multimedia options now and the display is beautiful. Plus, profiles mean that parents can hand this tablet off without worrying kids will get into content they shouldn’t.
Pros: Beautiful, high-resolution screen, Excellent reading experience in e-books, comics, and magazines, Smooth performance, Comfortable, light design, Well-designed interface
Cons: Proprietary connection port, App and multimedia selection lags behind competition, Uninspiring speakers, Not as open and unrestricted as stock Android tablets
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
Summary: Barnes & 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 HD.However, despite making some strides, Barnes & Nobie's ecosystem simply isn't as robust as the competition.
Pros: Bright sharp screen, Best battery life among 7-inch tablets, Family-friendly features and content, microSD Expansion
Cons: No camera, Few compelling videos in store for now, Less apps than competing tablets, No music store
Conclusion: In terms of hardware alone, the Barnes & Noble Nook HD is an excellent tablet-ereader combo. It's lighter than the competition, and clever ergonomics make it the comfiest 7-inch tablet to hold one-handed. The screen is excellent too, with more pixels on show than any rival. Its issues are all in the software. The custom Barnes & Noble interface is easy to use, but it could be quicker.
Pros: Lightweight, with good ergonomics, Good value, Great screen
Cons: Limited app selection, expensive apps, No movie rental in UK yet, Patchy performance, Poor app selection, expensive apps
Conclusion: Barnes & Noble's smart, focused goal is to have the best entertainment tablet available. In the £159 Nook HD, it certainly has the best colour e-reader available. The Nook HD has superior hardware to the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7, but it's let down by a much more limited content selection. You won't notice this if all you're doing is reading books and playing the Nook's smartly selected set of casual games.
Pros: Spectacular screen, Good build quality, Smooth performance levels, Offers individual user profiles
Cons: So-so battery life, More locked-down than rival slates
Excerpt: UPDATE: Since our original review, the Nook HD has been updated to include the Google Play store. This gives you access to around 700,000 Android apps - a real bonus for existing owners, and a pretty compelling reason to choose the Nook HD over Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. You can't sideload apps (there's no way to install apps from unauthorised sources such as an SD card), though.
Conclusion: The Nook HD’s unique, friendly interface makes it a great family tablet, rocking an impressively sharp seven-inch screen. There’s a massive catalogue of books and magazines on the Nook store, but not as many films and apps.
Pros: Crisp seven-inch display; Friendly interface with profiles; Light and portable; Large book and magazine catalogue
Cons: No Google Play access; Proprietary charger; Occasional stutter