Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
Manufacturer: Barnes & Noble Part number: BNTV600
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as of 06/19/2013
CNET editors' review
price range: $149.99
- Reviewed by: Eric Franklin
- Reviewed on: 11/28/2012
- Updated on:05/07/2013
The good: The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ starts at only $269, and has a sharp screen, good performance, and a microSD slot. It's also lightweight and comfortable, and implements magazines and catalogs better than any other tablet.
The bad: There are no cameras, the screen is susceptible to fingerprints, and the OS can feel sluggish at times.
The bottom line: The Nook HD+ is a low-price, quality entry point into the world of tablets, especially now that it has full Google Play support.
Excellent Price: Now has google play
by stevenboe13 on May 12, 2013
Pros: -Fast Speeds 1.5 ghz x 2 + 1gb or ram
-Full HD display 1920x 1080
-Light but with substance
-Now has Google Play
-New interface feels like an Android operating system
-Has Microphone to search web/Google talk search from home screen
Cons: -Doesnt have microphone for keyboard
Summary: At this price point, it may be challanging to find another tablet as good as this Nook HD+. When I first saw it, I was initially turned away. I have ...
Summary: At this price point, it may be challanging to find another tablet as good as this Nook HD+. When I first saw it, I was initially turned away. I have owned a nook in the past, and it was very slow. However I picked it up out of curiosity just to give it a closer look. I was shocked by the specs at this price point. It was purchased brand new for around 180.00. I actually find the unit to be quite zippy. You can costomize your home screen wallpapers, and these new Nook HD tablets feel more like an Android tablet. The interface has greatly improved. If one familiar with Android, than one will enjoy this new interface. The home screen can be scrolled over to other screens, where you can simply drag your apss, and scroll from one screen to another, much like the ipad.
Google Play has now been added to the tablet as well. With it, all of Google's apps are open to this device. That is likely the singular greatest advantage for every app seeking person out there.
In addition to the apps, its fast, quite fast. I never had had hangups with the new update installed on web usuage. It does seem to take a second or so for the screen to rotate, but other than that, going into programs, web browsing, using Netflix, I have never noticed an issue with speed. This makes sense as the unit proudly supports a 1.5 dual core processor with 1gb of ram - something that's an excellent find for around 200 dollars.
Vs the Kindle Fire HD. I own a Kindle Fire HD. Ive really enjoyed it. However the one thing that has always bothered me about the kindle is the rotation bar in the middle of the device. This Nook has a rotation bar, but its out of the way at the top, allowing one to place their apps below, which in turn allows for easier accessability.
Now that this has Google play, one can download the kindle app. This means if your you switching over, you still have access to all your amazon purchases just like you would on an i phone or I pad with the kindle app from Google's app store.
That being said, Barns & Noble's store front for the books and magazines is quite large, and their new setup on these Nook Hds is quite attractive. On this device if one goes to: A(clicking on the battry icon): all settings --> applications --> Reader, there is an option to enable page curling. I feel this should have been set as a default for reading books and magazines. Its impressive because it makes one feel like they are actually turning the pages of a book. You can grab it at the top right corner and peel the page back slowly and see the images or writing on the next page of magazines. If you turn it to landscape mode, it feels even more like your simply turning the page of an actual magazine. In conclusion to this point, Barns and Noble's new setup is nothing like the past. Its very user friendly and you can subscribe to magazines and books at competitive price points.
The screen: The screen feels great. I have no issues there. In fact, its the sharpest screen that Ive seen at this price point. Its full 1080p, making HD videos on Netflix, as well as pictures look stunning. Its also a great size. Ive always found the 10 inch tablets to feel too big for portability, and the 7inchs to feel more like an oversized phone. This 8.9 ~ 9inch display is just the right size to be able to pick it up and carry it around the house, and type on. When its tited at a vertical angle, you are able to use your thumbs alone for typing, which makes typing lot faster.
As stated under cons, the device doesnt have a camera. however this is why I have a phone and a digital camera. A lot of tablets out there don't have cameras, or if they do, there not very good. There enough to take a picture, but my thought is: If you cant take a good picture, than a camera is useless.
Conclusion: What you get for under 200 dollars is a device that is fast, zippy (other than screen rotation), has a dual core processor with 1.5 ghz and 1 gb of ram, a nice (and quite impressive looking) screen, full access to google play store, a layout that feels more like your using an android operating system, a battery life that is very good, and a device that isnt awkward to hold. It makes for an excellent e book reader, as well as a web browser. All games Ive ran on it, have also run quite well. The 3d bench mark also scored well..especially in comparison with the galaxy 2 10.1 inch tablet that is selling in stores right now for 100-150 dollars more. All said, Its a great buy with many features for under 200 dollars.
I really love using this tablet everyday, well equipped
by loberents on May 11, 2013
Pros: Great sound and music/video viewing
Great battery life
Very light and portable for using everyday
Access to google play and other media markets as well
Cons: No camera.
Summary: Awesome tablet experience.
Summary: Awesome tablet experience.
Simple to use and easy to connect to my ebooks
by salsoul56 on May 9, 2013
Pros: Very Light, easy interface to learn. All my apps now available with Google Play. Hardly any learning curve for someone not into Computing. Lets her get email, read ebooks, play games.
Cons: No Camera, Otherwise happy
Summary: Other than the lack of a camera, this tablet is a steal. Does really well with my movies, Video apps and my music, and the fact that it's predecessor ...
Summary: Other than the lack of a camera, this tablet is a steal. Does really well with my movies, Video apps and my music, and the fact that it's predecessor was an Ereader Makes the wife happy she still has all her books at hand.
I love it! Got it for magazines. Time to go digital.
by IreneCM on May 7, 2013
Pros: I use it for catalogs, magazines, and, oh,yes, e books! Love it for Netflix! I take it with me everywhere.
Cons: So it didn't have lots of apps when I bought it. It more than made up for it with the variety of magazines available.
Summary: Love it, love it, love it!
Summary: Love it, love it, love it!
Great Android Tablet for the Money!
by loverleigh on May 6, 2013
Pros: Price-I paid $168 for the 16GB.
Google Play Availability
Beautiful Screen Quality for Reading/Watching Movies/Surfing the Web.
Cons: No Camera--I wouldn't take pictures, but it would be nice to be able to Skype.
Fingerprints are inevitable with any tablet, but this one is very prone to them.
Summary: Now that Nook has the Google Play capability, I feel like it should have a much better rating than it has now. The price is right and it does everything ...
Summary: Now that Nook has the Google Play capability, I feel like it should have a much better rating than it has now. The price is right and it does everything that I need it to do. I love my Nook HD+!
A wonderful tablet&quite an improvement vs the original
by want2cbetter on December 26, 2012
Pros: Beautiful screen
Large size - rarely have to zoom
Doesn't crash in browser like original nook ablet
BN content syncing is great
Keyboard is wondrful - on original nook tablet, had ,any instsnces of sluggish space bar. Not so with the new hd+
Cons: Large size - harder to hold than the original nook tablet
Takes some getting used to when coming from a 7" screen tablet
Summary: The nook hd+ is a great option for the money. It has wonderful integration with your nook book library, Magazine viewing and web browsing are amazing. The processor is fast ...
Summary: The nook hd+ is a great option for the money. It has wonderful integration with your nook book library, Magazine viewing and web browsing are amazing. The processor is fast and without the hangups/glitches I found on the nook tablet I used to use. The spell check/auto correct on this is lacking however.
All in all this is a great tablet for those who want a book reader first and a tablet second. With that said, rooting this devoce will make it a great android device as well.
I would highly reccomend this device for those looking for a nice, easy to use tablet.
Beware - your digital subscriptions won't work.
by acutting on December 4, 2012
Pros: Nice hardware.
Cons: Android Apps don't work. It's crippled. If you have a digital subscription delivered by an Android App you're SOL.
Summary: I received my new Nook tablet today, charged it, and with great anticipation went to find my favorite magazine, The Economist. I found it in the B&N App ...
Summary: I received my new Nook tablet today, charged it, and with great anticipation went to find my favorite magazine, The Economist. I found it in the B&N App Store as expected, but found no way to access it without buying it($10.49/mo)again... I already have a print subscription that gives me full access to the digital edition on the iPhone/iPad, Android, and even on the Blackberry. I called tech support for help and was told that, even though this is an Android device, the standard Android Apps have been disabled. I was told that I would have to buy a duplicate subscription through the B&N store if I want to read The Economist on my Nook. It seemed like an absurd statement, so I asked to speak with a supervisor. To my astonishment he made, with an apparently straight face, the same absurd statement.
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sucks overall see my nook hd review for analysis..
by JEFL on January 2, 2013
Pros: book magazine ebook content is good
limited android os
mainly offers low ball games and very limited app selection after that
web browser is sluggish too
Summary: dont buy this product... see my response on cnet's nook hd review page under user reviews- click on it to see my review its response 72 or something like ...
Summary: dont buy this product... see my response on cnet's nook hd review page under user reviews- click on it to see my review its response 72 or something like that. don't waste your money ipad or android tablet all day or surface tablet all day... unless you switch back to a traditional ereader that black and white.
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- Manufacturer: Barnes & Noble
- Part number: BNTV600
- Description: Packed with pixels and boasting playback up to 1080p, watching video is better than ever on NOOK. Books, magazines, and apps look ultra-crisp from every angle. NOOK HD+ has all the most popular apps, including games, business, news and weather, cooking, entertainment, lifestyle, and a special selection of games and learning tools just for kids. Feather light and designed to fit naturally in your hand, NOOK HD+ is easy for anyone - even a child - to hold for hours at a time. NOOK HD+ is ultra-portable and small enough to slip into your purse, backpack, or briefcase. Can't plug in? No problem. Get up to 10 hours of use on a single charge.
- Type 9 in,
TFT active matrix
- Display Resolution 1920 x 1280 ( 256 ppi )
- Touchscreen Yes
- Operating System Android 4.0.3
- Processor Texas Instruments,
- Processor Clock Speed 1.5 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- Flash Memory 16 GB,
- RAM 1 GB
- Total User Available Memory 13 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD,
- Max Supported Capacity 32 GB
- Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g/n
- Security Protocols & Features WPA2,
- Supported Text Formats EPUB,
- Supported Still Image Formats PNG,
- Graphics PowerVR SGX544
- Supported Digital Video Formats MPEG-4,
- Audio Microphone , Stereo speakers
- Supported Digital Audio Formats AAC,
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x microSD
- Interfaces 1 x Headphones,
1 x HDMI,
1 x USB
- HDMI Port Yes
- Run Time Details Book reading - up to 10 hour(s),
Video playback - up to 9 hour(s)
- Color Slate
- Features Expandable storage ,
- Included Accessories Power adapter
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 6.4 in
- Depth 0.45 in
- Height 9.45 in
- Weight 1.13 lbs