Barnes & Noble's Nook HD is a 7-inch media tablet competing in a crowded field that includes Google's Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD, and, most recently and formidably, the iPad Mini. The $199 Nook HD brings a 1440 x 900 display (243 pixels per inch), a battery rated for 10.5 hours of reading, and a microSD slot. The Nook's claim to fame is its form factor - at 11 ounces it's among the lightest tablets around.
The Nook HD allows users to create up to six custom profiles to better personalize the device among family members. It taps into Barnes & Nobles extensive library of books, music and videos. The $199 model packs 8GB of onboard storage or spring for the 16GB model for $229.
Reviewers had a mixed take on the Nook HD. Some enjoyed its display, light weight and customization options but others felt the interface too slow and the experience lacking compared to the other 7-inch tablets. Nook users already invested in the eco-system are sure to enjoy the HD, but others eyeing up their first tablet will likely find a more enjoyable experience elsewhere.
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