Friday, 28 September 2012

Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+

Register Hardware has published a review of Barnes & Noble's latest tablets.

Excerpts follow:

"The specs tell part of the story: the 7in Nook HD sports a screen resolution of 1440 x 900 - the same as my 15in MacBook Pro, for example. That, says B&N, is the highest resolution yet found on a 7in tablet."

"It's certainly knocks the socks off my Nexus 7's 1280 x 800 display. Text is crisper, obscuring the pixellation I can see on the Nexus, especially on italics. It's also brighter and colours are much more vivid. It's a gorgeous display – the best I've seen on a seven-incher."

"The 9in Nook HD+ has a more standard 1920 x 1080 pixel array, close enough B&N claimed, to the iPad's 2048 x 1536 to make no odds. I'm not sure I agree, but I have to say the HD+ display is a worthy alternative to it."

"The HD will come with a choice of 8GB or 16GB of on-board storage. The HD+ will have 16GB or 32GB. Users wanting more space can slot in a Micro SD card. The 8GB and 16GB HDs will retail for £159 and £189, respectively, both very competitive prices, matching the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, both of which present lesser screens."

"The HD+ will come in a £229 for the 16GB model and £269 for the 32GB version. That's £170 and £210 less than the equivalent iPad 3 for a tablet with a retina-level display that's only eight per cent smaller in the diagonal. As a comic buff, reading digital comics on the Nook was no less a joy than it is on the iPad's slightly larger screen. It's the first large-format tablet other than Apple's I'd consider buying."

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