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Nook HD review

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

At such a competitive price point we'd normally find it very difficult to knock a device which offered so much for such little payout.

Unfortunately for the Nook HD the budget tablet market has come alive over recent months and the likes of the Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and even the iPad mini have set the standard very high.

We liked

The Nook HD does have an excellent screen, which makes watching movies and consuming web pages an enjoyable experience.

Battery life is something which is always a concern with today's mobile tech, but thankfully the Nook HD manages to keep going, even with that screen – meaning we weren't left scrambling for a charger.

Although it may not be the best looking device, the Nook HD is certainly comfortable to hold, even in one hand, and extended reading sessions or movie marathons are easily manageable thanks to its lightweight design.

The fact that you can set up multiple accounts, with the option of both adult and child areas, is likely to tempt the family market looking for an inexpensive, durable tablet for everyone to share - although the Nexus 7 has now added in the multiple account functionality with the Android 4.2 update.

We disliked

Sadly it's not all good news, and for all its early promise the Nook HD is left wanting in a few areas. First up is the sluggish interface, which is no where near as slick as the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7.

Users who enjoy the highly customisable ways of Android will also be disappointed with the Nook HD's relatively limited UI, which offers up the basics, but nothing more.

The app selection has been greatly improved thanks to the inclusion of Google Play in a recent software update, but there are still a handful of apps which won't work with the Nook HD.

Other nagging issues are the cheap design, which really makes the Nook HD look the part of 'budget tablet', especially when you consider the basic movie and music players and lack of streaming options.

Verdict

Is the Nook HD the best 7-inch tablet on the market? In short, no.

It's cheap and cheerful design and interface at a sub-£200 price tag would have blown us away a year ago, but such is the fast pace of the tablet market these days, the Nook has been left behind by superior competition.

It could be the perfect family or kids' tablet – capable of taking a few knocks while keeping content separate, and secure, between users, but it does look and feel like a toy rather than a tablet.

But if you're looking for the best value for money at the budget end of the tablet market, we would have to recommend the more powerful Google Nexus 7 over the Nook HD.

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.

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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