Sep 26 AT 10:23 AM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

Barnes & Noble goes toe-to-toe with Amazon, refreshes Nook tablets with HD displays


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.

Compare Nook HD to Kindle Fire HD

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.

Compare Nook HD+ to Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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?

Source: Barnes & Noble

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