It’s not surprising anymore to see the companies selling content develop the hardware to help you consume it. Apple sells iTunes content via the iDevices, Amazon has the Kindle line-up, and Google boasts about the Nexus 7.
Maybe the name of Barnes & Noble doesn’t mean much in certain countries, but on the North American market it is a synonym for the biggest books retailer.
That’s why Nook, B&N’s ebook reader that debuted several years ago, has received an impressive update and it has became a tablet. Barnes & Noble launched both Nook HD and Hook HD+, two tablet with different sizes and high-end technical specifications.
Barnes & Noble Nook HD has a 7-inch display and it should be a replacement for a classic ebook reader. Because the US-based book retailer wanted the letters to be very smooth, it used a display with a resolution of 1,440 x 990, bigger than the one of the Amazon or Google tablets.
A TI OMAP 4470 chipset with dual-core processor at 1.3 GHz is powering the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and, as you probably expected, Barnes & Noble intensively customized the user interface, in a way similar to Amazon.
The users can’t access Google Play, but only a library with applications filtered by the manufacturer. The tablet weighs in 314 grams and is the lightest 7-inch tablet on the market.
On the other hand, Nook HD+ is the 9 inch model of the company and it boasts about a resolution of 1,920 x 1,280 pixels. Yes, it’s not a mistake. There are 200 extra pixel rows than on a full HD display. The Nook HD+ has a pixel density that is very close to what Apple offers on its iPad 3.
The 9-inch tablet is underpinned by the same chipset, only this time the processor is clocked at 1.5 GHz.
You can watch movies On the high resolution displays of Nook HD and Nook HD+, by renting or buying them from Nook Video Store.
In The United States, Nook HD as a price of $200 for the 8 GB version and $230 for the 16 GB model. Barnes & Noble were very kind to ad a microSD card slot, which might harm the sales of the 16 GB model.
You can buy a Nook HD+ with 16 GB of internal storage for as much as $270, while the 32 GB model costs $300.