Today Barnes & Noble released a new lineup of Nook tablets that are meant to compete directly with Amazon’s Kindle Fire family of products. The Nook devices are already available for pre-order, and customers will be able to enjoy the new devices in early November. A quick comparison of the specs reveal that Barnes & Noble might have topped Amazon, but it’s too close to tell which device is a better buy right now.
First up we have the Nook HD, which B&N claims is the world’s highest resolution display ever on a 7-inch tablet. The Nook HD starts at $199 for the 8 GB version and $229 for the 16 GB model. Both models feature a screen resolution of 1440 x 900, which is 243 pixels per inch (ppi). Compared to the Kindle Fire HD, it offers a slightly faster processor and also includes a microSD slot for expandable memory.
Highlights of the Nook HD include:
- 7 inch display 1440 x 900, 243 ppi
- 1.3 GHz Dual-Core processor (TI OMAP4470)
- 8 or 16 GB internal storage, 512 MB or 1 GB RAM
- microSD slot
- Weight: 11.1 oz
Next we have the Nook HD+, which is billed as the lightest, lowest-priced full HD tablet ever. This larger device starts at only $269 for the 16 GB version and $299 for the 32 GB version. Both offer a 9-inch display with 1920 x 1280 resolution, 256 ppi.
Highlights of the Nook HD+ include:
- 9 inch display 1920 x 1280 resolution, 256 ppi
- 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor (TI OMAP4470)
- 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, 1 GB RAM
- microSD slot
- Weight 18.2 oz
Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Nexus?
Even though the Nook HD offers some impressive specs for a 7-inch tablet, I would much rather have the Nexus 7 for its pure Android experience and access to the Google Play Store. About the only major advantage I see to the Nook is that Barnes & Noble offers in-store support for their devices. If you plan to gift a tablet to an out-of-town relative, that might come in handy when they have questions or need help.
We haven’t played with the Nook HD yet, but Barnes & Noble did hand out some review units to select sites. If you are interested in purchasing one, then I would head over to The Verge and read David Pierce’s hands-on impressions.
Are you impressed?