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NOOK HD+ review

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The NOOK HD+ currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Barnes & Noble first made a name for itself in the consumer electronics space with its Nook e-book readers, which became fast-selling alternatives to Amazon’s Kindle devices. Now, it’s ready to step confidently outside of the e-reading device segment with products like this one.

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ gets its name because of its higher-than-full-HD resolution 9-inch screen. It features a native resolution of 1280x1920 pixels, and is referred to by many as having one of the best-looking screens available on a tablet today. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the pre-installed operating system, and it runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor. Battery life is rated at 10 hours for reading e-books. To store the books, there's up to 64GB of internal space and it can be expanded even further through microSD cards.

The most evident negatives of the HD+ are its lack of a built-in camera or a GPS antenna. That might be a deal-breaker for some, but in some ways it makes sense on a device designed primarily for multimedia content consumption.

There’s no question that the Nook HD+ offers plenty of bang for the buck. The biggest difference between it something like the Amazon Kindle Fire is basically the fact that it is built with tight Barnes & Noble software ecosystem integration. Sure, Amazon may have the bigger primary source of digital content, but Barnes & Noble is working hard to make sure that its customers are fully satisfied. If you’re after a unique hardware and software experience, you can add the Nook HD+ to your list of choices.

Need to Know: Barnes & Nobles Nook HD+

1. Boasts a 1280x1920 pixel resolution 9-inch touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. (The Good)

3. Lacks a built-in camera. (The Bad)

4. Doesn’t have built-in 3G wireless connectivity. (The Bad)

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Nook HD Plus has a fantastic screen for its price and greatly benefits from the addition of Google Play apps to bolster the limited selection provided by the Barnes & Noble store, too. However, its sluggish performance and poor build quality are too much to overlook.

- Sam Loveridge, TrustedReviews
PC Pro
PC Pro

On the one hand, the hardware is brilliant and the price amazingly low, the UI is friendly, and the bookstore well stocked. On the other, it feels sluggish to use despite capable hardware, and the movie and app stores are sparsely populated. There’s no shortage of potential, but, ultimately, i...

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro
Digital Trends
Digital Trends

Barnes & Noble wants you to think of the Nook HD+ as a regular tablet, not an e-reading tablet with benefits. What holds it back from that? The lack of certain hardware elements like a camera, GPS, fancy sensors (barometers, thermometers, a gyroscope), NFC, and the like. Restricting owners to one co...

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends

Staring deeply at the $270 price of the 16GB base model of the NOOK HD+ ($300 for the 32GB version), there’s no arguing that their intent is to keep Amazon itching with anticipation. Rightfully so, they’re able to do just that, as the NOOK HD+ has the more detailed display of the two &nd...

- John V., PhoneArena
The Verge
The Verge

Barnes & Noble seems to have figured out how to compete with the iPad: build a light, nice-looking tablet with a great screen, offer a bunch of different ways to watch and read things, and charge a reasonable amount for it. $269 for a 9-inch tablet is a great deal, and if you want a Netflix and...

- David Pierce, The Verge

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Screen Size

The NOOK HD+'s screen size is 9 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Dual-core OMAP4470 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Barnes & Noble's performance ratings are 1.3 days standby time, 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

NOOK HD+ Specs

Release Date November 8, 2012
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Dual-core OMAP4470 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 9 hours
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Up to 1.3 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.5 cm (3.7 x 2.5 x 0.2 in)
Weight 515 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: No
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP
PC Synchronization: Yes
TV Out Info: HDMI
Audio Formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, AVI
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Viewable document types: BMP, DOC, DOCX, EPUB, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Nook BNTV600
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