“The Nook HD is a durable, durable tablet with an impressive display and weight, but the low-cost plastic bezel does make it painfully clear that this is a spending plan device, and when you put it side by side with the competitors the HD struggles to look ‘grown-up’.”.
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Initially introduced with an extremely much locked down os, the Nook HD has actually now received a software update which has seen the similarity Google Play and Google Chrome land on the tablet..
From the blocks it appears excellent, boasting the title of ‘the world’s lightest 7-inch tablet’, tipping the scales at simply 315g– simply a shade heavier than the pricier, 7.9-inch iPad mini.
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Another trump card for the Nook HD is its display, packing an eye-popping 1440×900 resolution with a 243ppi density– making it the noteworthy candidate in the 7-inch market.
And with a price of just 159 ($199) for the 8GB design and 189 ($229) for the 16GB version you will see that on the surface area at least, the Nook HD has the prospective to cause an upset.
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Barnes and Noble could well be a home name in the United States, however in other places around the world it’s got an uphill fight to inform consumers on the brand name and its products, so it’s teamed up with big merchants in an effort to get the Nook HD in front of consumers.
The Nook HD itself is certainly unique in its appearances; gone is the piece of glass we see slapped across and the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, with Barnes and Noble rather carrying out a rounded, raised bezel around the 7-inch display.
It’s a look which makes it stand apart from the crowd, but it looks a little cheap, virtually toyish– although the household sector is an essential market for the firm and this item, and it fits a little more into the ‘durable’ category there.
When we initially picked the Nook HD up, we attempted to peel off the bezel mistaking it for a rubberised cover, but to our misery it would not budge– it’s really part of the tablet.
B&N claims that this raised bezel– which can be found in an enticing ‘Smoke’ (read: gray) or ‘Snow’ (that’s white to you and me)– helps when holding the tablet in one hand.
While it does interfere with getting fingerprints on the glass, we would not state it made is simpler to hold than the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD, with the lightweight design of the Nook HD a much better aspect which it pertained to one-handed use.
Round the back you’ll observe that the Nook HD does not sport a rear-facing cam, nor does it have a front dealing with one– B&N declares that its customers really want a tablet to customer media on, not to take images with or make Skype calls.
The only substantial features of note on the soft-touch rubberised back are the dual speaker grills at the bottom of the tablet, the large ‘n’ logo design and dipped center– enabling a better grip.
On top there’s a lonely 3.5 mm headset jack, with physical buttons found on the sides, power/lock trick to the left and a volume rocker to the right.
Thanks to the fairly petit body of the Nook HD, measuring 194.4 x 127.1 x 11mm, you can reach both sides pretty easily even when holding the tablet in one hand.
We discovered that we did need to shuffle it a little to attack the secrets, but thanks to the Nook HD’s grippy back, we never ever was afraid dropping it.
The final physical button is located on the front of the Nook HD and takes the kind of the Nook logo design– it’s nigh-on impossible to attack one-handed, so you’ll require to call in reinforcements from your other arm to assist you out right here.
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Unfortunately there’s no microUSB connection on the Nook HD, with a 30-pin port instead residing at the base of the tablet, meaning you’re required to utilize the bundled cable to charge and link to a computer.
However all is not lost on the bottom of the Nook HD, as there is a baby treat for you in the type of a microSD card slot– hidden behind a little plastic door which isn’t really the most convenient to eliminate, however once opened discloses a method of boosting the storage of the tablet by approximately 64GB.
This gives the Nook HD a clear advantage over the storage locked Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and iPad mini– although the Google and Apple devices do provide larger internal storage capacities.
The Nook HD is a tough, sturdy tablet with an outstanding screen and weight, but the inexpensive plastic bezel does make it painfully clear that this is a budget gadget, and when you put it side by side with the competitors the HD has a hard time to look ‘grown-up’.
That said we reckon the Nook HD can hold up against bumps and knocks, with the display somewhat more safeguarded thanks to the aforementioned bezel, and with the tablet focuseded on a way of life including kids this surface might be better matched to the task in hand.