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Unannounced Barnes & Noble BNTV800 Nook Tablet Spotted at GFX Bench with Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC

It’s no secret Barnes & Noble is in a similar financial pickle to BlackBerry when it comes to its hardware manufacturing division, as the Nook line of e-readers and tablets seems but a paltry rival for Amazon’s Kindles at the box-office.

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B&N has struggled greatly to clear Nook HD and Nook HD+ inventory in recent months, appealing to numerous promotions, discounts and so-called special offers in a desperate attempt to become relevant in an ever-competitive tablet landscape.

Only nothing’s worked so far, which is why the news of the book retailer looking to outsource upcoming Nook gizmos caught essentially no one off guard. But then B&N had a sudden and quite inexplicable change of heart, the brand new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight e-reader saw daylight and now a full-fledged fresh Nook tab is pretty much confirmed as well.

No idea how this thing is to be called, but its ties with previous Nook generations are made crystal clear by the BNTV800 model number. Mind you, last year’s Nook HD is internally known as BNTV400, whereas the Nook HD+ is numbered BNTV600. Hence, monikers such as Nook HDX (a la Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX), Nook HD Ultra or Nook HD Plus Plus (I’m going a little overboard, I know) are likely in the cards.

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The question of “when” (as in when will it start selling) should be on everyone’s lips, not “if”, as the BNTV800 is surely real and coming soon, since someone bothered to take it for a quick benchmarking spin through GFX Bench.

As usual, the test’s database is generous with inside information, revealing the no doubt skinned version of Android running on the fourth-gen Nook tab will be based on 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Even more importantly, there seems to be a quad-core 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU beneath the hood, increasing the thing’s raw speed over 2012 Nooks by leaps and bounds.

Remember, the 7-inch Nook HD came packing a modest and now no longer in production dual-core 1.3 GHz TI OMAP 4470 SoC, and the 9-inch HD+ touted the same mediocre chip, only running at a slightly higher 1.5 GHz clock speed.

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As for the still somewhat nichey Tegra 4 platform, try to keep in mind that, while it’s a little hard on battery life, it’s pretty much as chipper as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU, found inside the latest Kindle Fire, not to mention light years ahead of the S4 Pro powering the Nexus 7 2013.

Then again, it’s not fair to pit the BNTV800 against the N7 2013 yet, as Barnes & Noble’s size preferences remain a mystery. There’s a good shot the 7-inch Nook will get a direct heir, but I wouldn’t rule out the new tab being a 9-incher either. Or maybe there are two versions in the works again.

In any case, GFX Bench’s screen resolution listing can’t really clear the air, being an odd 1,620 x 1,008 pixels. Could that be UXGA (1,600 x 1,200) with on-screen buttons? Possibly, but be sure to take it with a pinch of salt.

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Barnes & Noble Drops Nook HD Price To $129, Nook HD+ to $149

Barnes & Noble has just slashed the prices for its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets in time for Father’s Day. If you still haven’t decided what to give your dad then you might want to check out these two devices. The Nook HD which had a regular price of $199 is now priced at $129 while the Nook HD+ which used to be priced at $269 now only costs $149. The company says that these reduced prices will only last until this week.

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Both tablets are great for accessing the various books and apps at the NOOK shop while its support for Google Play Store also provides you with thousands of content. You can purchase these tablets at Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.

Nook HD Technical Specifications

  • 7 inch 720p display, 1440 x 900 pixel resolution, 243 PPI
  • long battery life of up to 10.5 hours of reading and up to 9 hours of video
  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
  • 8 GB storage expandable using microSD

Nook HD Features

  • Access to Google Play
  • Access to YouTube, Google Maps & Gmail
  • Includes Chrome
  • Tailor-Made NOOK Apps
  • Cinema-Like Sound

Nook HD+ Technical specifications

  • 9 inch 1080p Full HD display, 1920 x 1280 pixel resolution, 256 PPI
  • long battery life of up to 10 hours of reading and up to 9 hours of video
  • 16 GB storage expandable using microSD

Nook HD+ Features

  • Access to Google Play
  • Access to YouTube, Google Maps & Gmail
  • Includes Chrome
  • Tailor-Made NOOK Apps
  • Cinema-Like Sound

If you have the budget to spare then the Nook HD+ is the better choice since it provides you with a full HD experience and has a larger 9 inch display. The Nook HD on the other hand is much more portable with its 7 inch display. Both tablets run on a custom Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you’re planning on getting a tablet this week then these two models are one of the best deals you can get.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD, HD+ Gets Discounted For One Week

Barnes & Noble is making their tablet lineup exciting lately. The company previously announced that the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ is already capable of accessing the Google Play Store. This opens up hundreds of thousands of content that can be downloaded directly to these devices. Now the company has announced that they are slashing the prices of both devices for a limited time only.

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Starting today all the way to Mother’s Day, which is May 12, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ will have reduced prices. The 8 GB version of the Nook HD now costs only $149 down from $199 for a savings of $50. You’ll even save as much as $90 if you buy the 16 GB version of the Nook HD+ which now costs only $179 down from $269.

If you’ve been planning to get a tablet that doubles as an eBook reader then you shouldn’t miss out on this chance. You can get these discounted devices at the Barnes & Noble online store, their brick and mortar stores or through partner retailers such as Best Buy and Target.

Nook HD Technical Specifications

  • Software: Android 4.0
  • Display: 7 inches, IPS LCD, 1440×900, 243 ppi
  • CPU: TI OMAP4470 1.3 GHz dual core
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal storage: 8 GB, 16 GB
  • External storage: up to 32 GB via microSD
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, Bluetooth
  • Ports: 3.5mm headphone, micro USB, HDMI
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor
  • Battery: 4050 mAh

Nook HD+ Technical Specifications

  • Software: Android 4.0
  • Display: 9 inches, IPS LCD, 1920×1280, 256 ppi
  • CPU: TI OMAP4470 1.5 GHz dual core
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal storage: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage: up to 32 GB via microSD
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, Bluetooth
  • Ports: 3.5mm headphone, micro USB, HDMI
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor
  • Battery: 6000 mAh

Both devices have excellent build quality as well as great specs.

You’ll never lack content with both these devices since you’ll be able to access the more than 3 million books at the Nook Book Store and the millions of apps at Google Play.

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Which Tablet is Good For You? – Guide

So we’ve now seen plenty of tablets hit stores or preparing to hit stores. The most recent additions being the Nexus 7 (3G variant), Nexus 10, iPad Mini, the fourth-gen iPad, Microsoft Surface RT, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD etc. With the holiday season upon us, people are looking forward to getting one of these gadgets. But which one to get? It’s natural to feel that way. And to help with your decision making, here’s a comprehensive guide on all the competing tablets in the market right now. First up is the Microsoft Surface.

Microsoft Surface RT

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Of all these tablets, if there is one tablet that we’re not so sure about, it’s the Surface RT. While MS Surface RT is on par with most competing tablets in terms of specs, design et al, there’s just too much it can’t do. Why do we say this? Well, when we talk about Windows, there’s generally one thing that comes to mind and that is the general Windows UI. A casual Windows user is rather tricked into getting the Surface RT with prior assumption that it’s a notebook alternative. Not to mention, the addition of the Touch and Type Cover go pretty much in favor of the said theory. While Surface RT partially does what a regular Windows PC would do, i.e. opening video files, browsing documents etc, it doesn’t support a lot of apps that work on your notebook or desktop. This is mainly due to the kind of chipset used inside the Surface RT. It makes use of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip which will run all the apps on the Windows Store pretty smoothly, but won’t support apps meant for x86 machines. If you try to install third party apps, the annoying error message is shown. You’re probably better off waiting for the Surface Pro, which will be more of a PC alternative. However, if you want a tablet for media playback, some casual gaming and social networking, the Surface RT will not disappoint you. The regular Windows desktop experience doesn’t work pretty well with touch, which is a known fact now. But thanks to the array of connectivity ports on the Surface RT, you have the liberty to add USB 2.0 powered devices like keyboards, mice etc. This is one area where the Surface RT excels over its competition, mainly the iPad. As for the apps on the Surface RT, there isn’t a lot of them. But it’s still a new concept and with time, there will be plenty of apps in the Windows Store, so that’s not a factor in my opinion.

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iPad Mini

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The iPad Mini is making its way to an already crowded space (Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD etc) in the budget tablet arena.  The tablet has a lot going against it than for it, which is rare for an Apple device. As you would have noticed from the reviews of the device, 7.9-inches isn’t as comfortable as a 7-inch tablet. The unusual aspect ratio makes it hard to get used to, well at least for some users. That is negligible really, but nothing can beat the ease of use of an actual 7-inch tablet. What matters in a small tablet is the comfort to use it with one hand and that’s clearly missing with the iPad Mini. However, this is highly subjective and might differ from person to person. If there is one thing worth mentioning as a pro for the iPad Mini, it is the variants that Apple is offering. There’s a 4G LTE variant coupled with three different storage options which is always good for a confused buyer. Although the iPad Mini seems like a scaled up version of the iPod Touch, it will have some takers this holiday season. For those who cannot afford the luxury of the full sized iPad, this should be a nice alternative. The device is already sold out, it is believed, so that tells us about the hype Apple has managed to generate for the device. It runs a dual core A5 chip inside and comes in 16, 32 and 64GB variants. Prices for the Wi-Fi model starts from $329 and extend all the way up to $529. 4G LTE variants start from $459.

Nexus 7

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Speaking of budget tablets, it’s hard to leave out the Nexus 7 out of the equation, isn’t it? Well, the Nexus 7 rightly kicked off the budget tablet segment, although due credit should go to Amazon for its Kindle Fire which popularized the concept for good. Unsurprisingly, the Kindle Fire remains the highest selling Android tablet ever, that too without having all of Android’s capabilities. So it was about time for Google to step in with the Nexus 7, and they did exactly that, in a major way. Pre orders for the Nexus 7 went over the roof initially, and Google could finally brag of a complete Android tablet that the consumers could approve of. And the recent refresh was even more welcoming as it brought a new 3G variant to the fore, which broadens the horizon a little. Also, ditching the 8GB version and bringing in a new 32GB variant wasn’t a bad idea either. However, customers who got the 8GB version of the tablet recently wouldn’t have nice things to say. The Nexus 7 is a great buy, especially considering the price. Starting from $199 for the 16GB variant, it’s worth every buck.

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Nexus 10

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Along with the Nexus 7 refresh, Google also announced the Nexus 10 which is remarkably one of the few tablets out there that could stand up against the iPad. It’s a powerhouse in every sense of the word. With its 300ppi 10.055-inch IPS display, it’s one of the best in the industry, even besting the Retina Display iPad. The main downside to this tablet though, is the app support. Although Android brags of a decent number of applications, most of them aren’t optimized for tablets. As a result, what the user sees is a scaled up version of the mobile app which can be horrendous. The problem persists with the Nexus 10. While its crisp display will make for excellent reading, web browsing and watching videos, certain apps could make you wonder if all this was really worth it. But the tablet is still in its infancy as it’s not completely available in the market yet, so expect this to be sorted out by the app developers in due time. The tablet comes in Wi-Fi only 16 and 32GB variants. Sadly, there’s no 4G LTE or HSPA variant, so users can’t exactly be connected on the go. But at $399 and $499 for the 16 and 32GB variants respectively, the Nexus 10 is a great deal. For this price, you’re getting a remarkable display, a great on board CPU (dual core Exynos 5250) and the luxury of a Nexus device powered by the latest Android 4.2 OS.

Kindle Fire HD 7 and 8.9

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The Kindle Fire HD comes in two shapes. One with a 7-inch display and the other with a 8.9-inch display, both boasting of HD resolution and Dolby Audio technology. These tablets will certainly give Google’s Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini a run for their money, but given the fact that it only runs a half-baked version of Android on top of some heavy customization, might be a decisive factor for potential buyers. Both the tablets are available in 16 and 32GB variants respectively and one of them also has cellular connectivity onboard. So Amazon has left no stone unturned in making these tablets attractive for the customers. It all comes down to the buyer, who will ultimately decide the fate of these new budget tablets. Prices start from $199 for the Kindle Fire HD 7 and $299 for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Have your pick by heading over to Amazon.

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Nook HD and HD+

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Barnes & Noble is known for the ever so popular Nook eBook readers. But they’ve evolved drastically over the past couple of years and launched very competitive tablets. The Nook Tablet and Nook Color marked the arrival of B&N in the tablet industry. And now with the recent announcement of the Nook HD and HD+, they have certainly upped the ante. The Nook HD sports a 7-inch HD display while the Nook HD+ comes with a bigger 9-inch Full HD display. Reading eBooks on this tablet is going to be a delight with the crisp display and all those extra pixels. The Nook HD+ sports a 1920×1280 resolution display, which gives it a emphatic pixel density of 256ppi. Running on board the tablets are dual core processors. The dual core CPU is clocked at 1.3 GHz on the Nook HD while the Nook HD+ comes with a 1.5 GHz dual core CPU. So this isn’t old gen by any means, and you’re assured of latest and greatest hardware on the Nook HD series. However, like the Kindle Fire, this one too runs a heavily custom skinned version of Android which the company calls “Paper”. The Nook HD is priced at $199 and $229 for the 8 and 16GB variants. The Nook HD+ will be available in 16 and 32GB variants for $269 and $299 respectively.

So there you have it. These are the tablets currently vying for the top spot out there. I’ve left out the fourth gen iPad out of the list as there is nothing new to know about it, as it was merely seen as an incremental upgrade from the Retina Display third gen iPad (although this one brags of a new beefed up A6X chip). With the exception of the Microsoft Surface, all the tablets are tagged under the budget category. So this holiday season, pick your tablet wisely.

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The iPad Mini has Materials Worth $188 Inside

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It’s that time again where a newly launched device gets the teardown treatment to reveal quite a few of its characteristics. With reparability being the prime focus, we are also given an insight at what’s running inside. And it’s the iPad Mini this time which receives the teardown treatment. It’s not iFixit though, but IHS iSuppli which conducted the said teardown. Quite a few things were revealed post the teardown, but more prominently, it has come to light that the materials used onboard the new iPad Mini adds up to a total of $188. This for the tablet which retails at $329, indicates quite a bit of margin. However, the profit margin here is lesser than the fourth generation iPad, so in a way Apple would want customers to buy more of that than the iPad Mini. But we figure, Apple is expecting to make up for low profits with sheer volume of sales.

Apple’s gross profit margin from the iPad Mini would come close to 43%, while net profit would be marginally below the 40% mark. The display panel accounts for most of the production cost ($80) as it utilizes a new display tech which gives it the thin form factor. Other components like the processor, RAM etc would make up for the rest of the cost. And since there’s no Retina Display here, it wouldn’t set Apple back by much anyways.

All things considered, a gross profit of $141 is not a small amount when we consider the profits made by Google and ASUS in the Nexus 7 and Amazon with its Kindle Fire lineup. Apple has clearly stepped into the budget tablet scene, but without much noise in my opinion. People favoring budget tablets will still pick a Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7 or a Nook HD/HD+ over an iPad Mini, because despite Apple’s claims, the iPad Mini is still somewhat of an overpriced device and doesn’t quite cut it for the budget customer. That’s my opinion of course. What this does mean though, is that Apple is taking its competition very seriously. It wouldn’t be wrong to presume that plenty of users out there would get both the iPad Mini and/or the budget ranged Android tablets. As evidenced by the image above, it is very clear as to how the iPad Mini fares in comparison to the competition.

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iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD Competitor Nook HD and Nook HD+ Available Now For Pre-Order In The United Kingdom

Despite questionable sales with the original Nook tablets, Barnes & Noble is looking to advance their Nook lineup with the upcoming release of the Nook HD and Nook HD+. Hoping to compete with the likes of Apple, Amazon and even Google, Barnes and Noble will be taking on the model of Amazon by offering a low price tag on both of their tablets. The company has started up pre-orders for their Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets in the United Kingdom on their nook.co.uk website.

Originally announced late September, the 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+ will be touting higher resolution displays much like the current Kindle Fire HD. The Nook HD is touting a 1440×900 display powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The Nook HD+ bumps the display up to a higher standard by offering a full HD 1920×1080 resolution. Under the hood you will find a slight CPU speed increase at 1.5GHz. The HD tablet is up for pre-order at £159, matching both the Kindle Fire HD and Google’s popular Nexus 7. The HD+ is also available for pre-order at £229.

This holiday season is really turning out to be an expensive one this far with all of the new gadgets releasing very close to each other. Although, seeing all of this advancement in technology happen so fast is quite nice to see, especially the recent launch of Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Apple’s iPad Mini coming up this Friday. I am excited to see what will be coming up after all of these releases. Maybe a release date on the Nexus 10 and the 32GB Nexus 7? Maybe even LG’s Nexus 4?

Nevertheless, the Nook HD and  Nook HD+ will be shipping out in the United Kingdom on November 22nd while we in the United States will be seeing the tablet ship out much earlier on November 8th, which is only a couple days after the iPad Mini officially releases on Friday, November 5th. It’ll be interesting to see how successful Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD and Nook HD+ launch will be with being so close to the iPad Mini’s launch and the Kindle Fire HD’s launch only two weeks after that.

Will you be picking up your own Nook HD or Nook HD+ this holiday season or will you be going after something else?

 

Apple iPad Mini Will Not Beat Kindle Fire HD Or Nook HD

Of course the iPad Mini is going to sell well just because Apple has millions of fanboys backing what they are doing. What I’m talking about is that the iPad Mini will not best the new Kindle Fire HD or any of the Nook HD devices. Apple’s entry into the “budget” tablet market seems to be rather mediocre with new iPad Mini priced at a whopping $329 when you can get more for your money by purchasing a Nexus 7 for a mere $200. As with most iOS devices, the only reason it is going to sell well is because of the millions of fanboys Apple has.

Aside from Google’s Nexus 7, Barnes & Noble and Amazon have done a fantastic job at creating some very robust and easy to use tablets for an extremely affordable price. Despite Apple announcing that they were going to have an event to announce a few new devices, the Kindle Fire HD continued to sell well. So much so that Amazon announced it to be a best selling product the other day. What does Apple really offer in the iPad Mini aside from some minor processor and graphics upgrades? Nothing at all. Should I even have to mention that the iPad Mini could potentially cost you $659 if you want Wi-Fi and 4G LTE capabilities as well? This is not an entry into the budget market, this is trying to monetize your fanboys as much as you can.

The Kindle Fire HD and the Barnes & Noble Nook HD will still sit at their thrones, Apple will not be taking their place anytime soon. The iPad Mini offers nothing that the Kindle Fire HD or Nook HD offers, all the iPad Mini is is a smaller version of the regular iPad. There are no parenting controls that Amazon offers, there are no revolutionary Wi-Fi speeds, and there are no advanced speaker systems even. No. All the iPad Mini is is an smaller version of the iPad. Apple’s idea that they can compete with Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD is ridiculous. What they have released here is an inept attempt at trying to break into the budget tablet industry.

I’m not against Apple, but the quality of devices they have been producing have been below abysmal. Due to their inept and in-creative attempts at trying to revolutionize something as of late, Android is far ahead in this market, and when BlackBerry 10 releases, RIM will probably pass up Apple as well. Actually, RIM will pass Apple up if they keep going in the direction that they are going. There is no “maybe” about it. Apple just isn’t hard to beat anymore due to their lack of creativity as of late.

Apple, you need to hunker down and go back to the drawing board. Create something we don’t already have like you originally did in 2007 with the first true smartphone. What you’re producing right now is mediocre and really isn’t benefiting the market as a whole. I want to see all companies succeed, but producing junk like this isn’t getting you anywhere.

Barnes & Noble Announces 9-inch Nook HD+ and 7-inch Nook HD


Hot on the heels of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD, Barnes and Noble has launched two new tablets that promise tough competition in the tablet arena. B&N has officially launched the new 7-inch Nook HD and the 9-inch Nook HD+ which will certainly blow your socks off with its specs. It must be noted that the “budget tablet” sphere as it is known, currently has the likes of the Google-ASUS Nexus 7 as well as the recently announced trio of Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE. Although the two variants of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets are still awaiting release, we have a rough idea about how Amazon is going about things. And Barnes and Noble might have just upped the ante with the two new tablets. The highlight of the two tablets is the display and rightly so as more emphasis is given to reading magazines and books on the go.

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Starting with the 7-inch Nook HD, the tablet features a 7-inch HD display with a resolution of 1440×900 which apparently is the “highest resolution on a 7-inch tablet”, with a pixel density of 243ppi which is excellent for a 7-inch tablet. Watching videos via the newly launched Nook Video should be a treat with the crisp display. As reading is the sole purpose of the tablet according to B&N, there’s no camera on the back which might be a deal breaker for a few users. But a camera for a moderately sized tablet like this would make no sense, so it shouldn’t be that big a deal really. The tablet weighs a decent 319 grams which is lighter than the competition (Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD), so it fits in the hand comfortably. Running the whole thing is a TI OMAP 4470 dual core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz with 1GB of RAM. The Nook HD will be available in 8 and 16GB variants respectively, with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The two variants are priced at $199 and $229 which will be a decisive factor for potential buyers. The tablet features a custom UI known as “Paper” atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which should be an interesting addition as well. The folks at Engadget managed to get their hands on the device and mentioned that the usability was a bit off track which apparently will be fixed in time for launch. The tablets will be available in “Smoke” and “Snow” color combinations respectively.

Nook HD+

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The Nook HD+ is the top dog among the two. And like with Amazon’s offering(s), the Nook HD+ also packs a 9-inch display with a resounding resolution of 1920×1280 which is slightly beyond Full HD (1920×1080). As with the Nook HD, there’s no rear or front facing camera, which is a letdown as this is well and truly in line to be the next big thing in terms of budget tablets. But watching videos and reading texts will be an absolute delight on the Nook HD+ holding true to its display credentials. The processor on board is the same TI OMAP 4470 but with a higher CPU clock speed at 1.5 GHz. The UI and the OS is the same here, so nothing different in that respect. The Nook HD+ seems to be one of the better crafted tablets we see around us with much emphasis being given to the body and the construction. As you can see from the pictures, the Nook HD+ has a wide bezel and a rather cool looking design element at the bottom left. The two tablets will be available in 16 and 32GB variants for $269 and $299 respectively. As with the Nook HD, the HD+ sports a microSD card slot and what seems like a B&N proprietary charging port instead of a standard micro USB charging port which is rather strange. The Nook HD+ weighs 515 grams which makes it lighter than the current iPad. Both the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ feature the cool looking “n” shaped home button, which is a nice touch.

All variants of the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ are up for pre order with shipping expected to commence in the latter part of October. Barnes and Noble stores will get it in November. So grab your pick and place the pre order today through the Barnes and Noble website with the links provided below.

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