Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 9-Inch Tablet Review – Best Price/Pros and Cons
The Barnes & Noble Nook was quite successful as an e-reader, making it a bit more difficult for people interested in such a device to make the right choice (Amazon vs. Barnes & Noble). But is it just as competitive when it comes to delivering a well-performing tablet in tech specs, price entertainment/content and price as other 9-inch tablets in the market?
The $200 7-inch Nook HD received satisfactory reviews as pundits and consumers agree it delivered enough perks to justify the price. But when it comes to the larger, pricier 9-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD+, it soon becomes obvious you’ll be making a better deal buying the 7-inch product instead of the newer generation.
Don’t get this the wrong way. Barnes & Noble Nook HD is a good-enough 9-inch tablet, but tech specs and price are not compelling to justify the $269 16GB tablet or the $369.99 32GB tablet. For these price tags you’d be better off buying Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9” ($299-$599) or Google Nexus 7 ($199 – $249).
The Barnes &Noble Nook HD+ 9-inch tablet is smaller and lighter than the competition ( 9.5 by 6.4 by .45 inches and weighs 1.16 pounds). Even its screen has a higher resolution than Kindle Fire HD 8.9, and at 256ppi it is very close to the same performance iPad 4 delivers (263ppi). Consumers note that the 9-inch screen performs and feels great when surfing the net.
- Battery life: 10 hours
- 1 million free books, magazines and newspapers
- It packs a 1.5GHz TI OMAP4470 processor
The 7-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD was practically inexpensive for what it offered. The 9-inch model however doesn’t deliver all that much for $269 (16GB, Wi-Fi) even if it does score some points against the competition. Consumers who bought the 9-inch tablet complained about the proprietary OS which should have been Android 4.1 for that price tag. The proprietary cable also caused disappointment, as Nook is recharged with a 30-pin-to-USB cable and a special AC adapter, unlike all the other Android tablets that use the Micro USB.
- You need to root the tablet to get free Google and Amazon apps.
- “We want a lot more from a 9-inch tablet” (PC Mag)
- Wi-Fi performs poorly
- No camera
- Too bulky to carry around or use for extended periods
You might be very happy with Nook the e-reader, but if you really want to spend under $300 for a 9-inch tablet, don’t buy the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ product. It’s just not worth it.