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Nook HD+ review

Significantly lighter and cheaper than an iPad, but is that enough?

Our Verdict

The Nook HD+ is a well constructed tablet with a fine screen and an appreciable weight advantage over its rivals. It may not look the prettiest, but we'd back it to go a year or two without picking up any noticeable bumps or nicks.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1440 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Lightweight
  • Impressive 9-inch HD screen
  • Google Play access

Against

  • Poor custom UI
  • Ugly design
  • Sub-standard Nook Shop

Battery

Barnes & Nobel claims that you can get up to 10 hours of reading time and nine hours of video time out of a single charge of the Nook HD+'s 6,000mAh battery, but a brief glimpse at the small print should tell you to take these claims with a pinch of salt.

Nook HD+ review

These figures were obtained with Wi-Fi tuned off and power saving mode switched on, which cuts the screen brightness to less than half, effectively reducing the Nook HD+ to an extremely dim - and somewhat dumb - media player.

In moderate real life use, which involves cranking the brightness right up, leaving the Wi-Fi on and using the tablet for occasional web browsing, a little reading and the odd five minutes of gaming here and there, it's more than up to the task of lasting a couple of days like any other tablet.

We also applied our standard battery test of running a 90 minute 720p video with notifications and Wi-Fi on and screen brightness set to high, and seeing how much juice was left at the end.

The average result was around 77%, which is about par for the course, but works out to be far short of the nine hour best-case scenario that B&N quotes in its blurb.

Connectivity

There are no connectivity surprises with the Nook HD+. It's a Wi-Fi-only tablet with no 3G option, so don't expect to be able to download a new page-turner while you're sat bored on a beach this summer. Unless said beach has Wi-Fi connections, of course.

Nook HD+ review

Bluetooth support is also included, as expected.

In terms of physical connections, we'll reiterate what a joy it is to have expandable memory in the shape of a microSD slot on the bottom of the tablet.

It really does open up the storage possibilities without adding a massive price premium. Alongside this is a custom 30-pin connection for charging and hooking up to your computer.

Again, we'll state what an annoyance this is when a standard micro USB port would have been easier on the eye and a whole lot more convenient.

As it stands, you'll have yet another charger to lug around with you on your travels.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPowerVR SGX544
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time10.50 Hour
HDMIYes
Product FamilyNOOK HD
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelOMAP4470
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameBarnes & Noble
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeOMAP 4
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1440 x 900
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)300 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Height195.6 mm
Width127 mm
Depth10.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA+
ManufacturerBarnes & Noble, Inc
Product ModelBNTV400
Product NameNOOK HD BNTV400 Tablet
Product LineNOOK HD
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberBNTV400
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.barnesandnobleinc.com
Marketing Information

Highest Resolution 7" HD Tablet

NOOK HD's display is best-in-class, with brilliant color, ultra-crisp definition, and minimal glare. Pictures and video look spectacular from every angle and each word is crystal clear.

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Limited Warranty1 Year