Barnes & Noble Nook HD 7-inch Android Tablet

Throughout these couple of months, I only knew two reader-friendly tablets that really shove people’s pockets for the market share: the Kindle Fire HD of Amazon, and Google’s Nexus 7 that came up a little later. Both readers took advantage of the usual tablet’s hold, but giving more room of emphasis to reading without compromise to other features and contents like movies and games. Today we have another challenger for the term: the Nook HD of Barnes & Noble, and is reportedly in two versions, the smaller 7-incher and the 8.9-inch HD+. Served today on the hot seat: the 7-incher.

At 7.65x5x.43 inches, the Barnes & Noble Nook HD weighed at just 11.1 ounces. Such a physical build is exceptionally thin and light for both one-handed and two-handed use, and is measured to be a little narrower than Amazon’s bait. While it is at the same time a bit wider than that of Google, I personally love the very ‘kind’ bezels that are angled for a more comfortable rest to the thumb, making its portability truly maximized with one hand. The non-slip rubbery matte finish makes the exterior fantastic also in terms to comfort, while heat and prints are kept to the minimum. Overall for the aesthetics, the Nook is simply amazing.

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD also took a little diversion to its i/o when compared to the said competitors in its class. Below the device is a multi-card reader that is too good for this device, and is capable of swallowing a 64-GB SD card to stretch its storage capacity of just 8GB (or 16Gb if you want to pay an additional $100). Beside the said port is a somewhat ridiculous charging port, and above the device is the headphone jack. All of these said, there’s nothing else; the company promises to have some more versatility with the devices connectivity in its next version, which is tantamount to saying this Nook is more like a beta model.

Making this Nook a lot more mouth-watering when paired with its competitors is its 7” crystal clear display. Inside the display is the very high-resolution display at 1440×900 pixels, which makes its competitors sit down and watch as it rules. Texts are reasonably clearer, contrast even deeper (that is, black is blacker and white is whiter), and the colors are but superb without being over saturated. We do not expect this device to have in-plane switching (IPS), but actually, the Nook sports a very good viewing angle and is very friendly to users even on outdoors.

Before we go beyond the physique of the Barnes & Noble Nook HD, it is also good to notify potential buyers that this tablet—compared to the usual tablets available nowadays—runs on a TI OMAP 4470 processor at 1.3GHz. The sound it produces is so uncommon, understandably, but as promised by the company, it sure fires up apps and even HD movies without any compromise. Unfortunately, when tested, there are sometimes lags observable, and tapping the display sometimes makes users think the action is not registered. Some apps also fall short with poor frame rates, so if you’re a serious gamer, sorry to say, but you can only enjoy casual games here like Bad Piggies.

On the other hand, the processor of the Barnes & Noble Nook HD still seemed ironed when looked onto the tablet’s purpose: reading. Incredibly, pages whether from newspaper or magazine flipped smoothly with a relatively faster load of bookmarks and bird’s eye view of pages. Books with interactive contents were also snappy and responsive enough, making the Nook still a must-go for electronic readers. The carousel that greets you with your recent books or activities roll cleanly in front of you, and ultimately, rendering books that you’ll read later or for a save is promising enough.

Running Android 4.0 from behind, the Barnes & Noble Nook HD has a very simple but intuitive interface. However, just to talk about some downsides, it is good to know that the Barnes & Noble Nook HD is too exclusive that users can but only opt for the products that came from its company. Though the company has the best titles for apps and even movies, we’d hoped that the Nook would be friendlier with content like that of Nexus. And lastly, for a price that starts at $199, the Nook must learn to strike a balance to tablet activities that people have always been waiting for from a tablet: better and more responsive apps and games, and even better performance with browsing over the web while listening to music.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD Android Tablet Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 250.00 (Starting Price)

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