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Nook HD review

The lightest, highest resolution 7-inch tablet, but is it any good?

Our Verdict

The Nook HD is a sturdy, well-built tablet with an impressive screen and weight, but the cheap plastic bezel does make it painfully clear that this is a budget device, and when you put it side by side with the competition the HD struggles to look 'grown-up'.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600

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For

  • Lightweight
  • Fantastic screen
  • Simple to use
  • Multiple user profiles

Against

  • Sluggish
  • Limited interface
  • Questionable design

Battery life

Nook HD review

The size of the battery inside the Nook HD is unknown, although Barnes and Noble claim you'll be able to squeeze 10 hours of reading time out of the tablet, or a respectable nine hours of video.

From our tests we're inclined to agree, with the Nook HD holding up well as we surfed the web, watched videos and flicked through magazines.

Slightly annoyingly there's no auto-brightness function, so you'll want to make sure you've only got it on full illumination when it's really needed, otherwise battery life will take a hit.

We were easily able to get through a day without worrying about running out with power, and with slightly more limited use we were able to go at least three days between chargers.

Connectivity

Nook HD review

There's not a great deal of connectivity options adorning the Nook HD, with the Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth standards making their typical appearances.

We were pleased to find the Nook HD offered up a microSD card slot, something which few tablets have built in.

This is a handy addition, as the rather paltry 8GB and 16GB models don't give you a whole lot of storage, especially if you want to download videos onto the tablet.

It supports cards up to 64GB in size and from the settings menu you can set the SD card as the default video storage, if you don't want to clog up the HD's internal space.

Annoyingly the Nook HD doesn't come with the traditional microUSB port, instead opting for a 30-pin option, which forces you to use the bundled USB cable to charge and connect to a computer.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPowerVR SGX530
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Product FamilyNOOK Color
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelOMAP3621
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameBarnes & Noble
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeOMAP 3
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory512 MB
Weight (Approximate)440 g
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyVividView, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height205.7 mm
Width127 mm
Depth12.2 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
ManufacturerBarnes & Noble, Inc
Product ModelBNRV200
Product NameNOOK Color BNRV200 Tablet Computer
Product LineNOOK Color
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberBNRV200
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.barnesandnobleinc.com
Marketing InformationWorld's Most Advanced VividView™ Touchscreen

Ultra-responsive 7-inch multi-touch screen displays 16 million colors ultra-bright. Specially designed for remarkable clarity and minimal glare so you can enjoy the ultimate reading and entertainment experience.

Read Your Way

Make the text bigger, choose the font you like, even read in portrait or landscape. Enjoy your favorite reading in your favorite way.

Limited Warranty1 Year