From where we sit, you’ll soon be able to buy a car in HD.  What are we talking about?  Yesterday, Barnes and Nobles announced the new Nook HD and Nook HD+.  Needless to say they’re a response to Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, though these were in development long before Amazon announced their new Kindles.

The Nook HD is a 7-inch tablet (pictured below) device that sports a 1,440-by-900 display.  The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD on the other hand only supports a 1,280-by-800 resolution.  Point to Nook HD.  Adding to the win column, the Nook HD and HD+ (9-inches) are purportedly the lightest tablets in their respective categories.  We haven’t scoured the net to confirm this, but seeing as the Nook HD is just 11.1oz we’ll pick up what B&N is laying down.

Under the hood of the Nook HD and HD+ is a Dual-core 1.3Ghz TI OMAP 4470 processor.  We’d like to think speeds would be comparable to that of the Kindle Fire HD, although this is a newer generation chip.  But nevertheless, B&N says their tablet is faster, which also runs a custom version of Android. WiFi and Bluetooth are standard, though the Nook HD and HD+ don’t include a camera, unlike its closest competitor.  That being said, the display technology is exactly the same in both competitor devices, but since the Nook HD and HD+ win in a resolution competition, their offering – as already stated – should prove more compelling.

In terms of RAM, expect to find 1GB on board, which seems to be the norm across the industry.  However, storage for the Nook HD and HD+ starts at just 8GB.  The Kindle Fire HD starts at 16GB.  Both sell for the same price point ($199), though you can bump the storage to 16GB on the Nooks for an additional $30.  But the real nail in the coffin is the accessibility of content.  While Barnes and Noble has plans to open a video stores comparable to that of Amazon, there is no disputing the Kindle Fire HD’s access to Amazon Prime.  It’s currently the only tablet device that supports Prime streaming, and will likely remain that way since its Amazon’s competitive edge.

Other notables:

  • The Nook HD is a 100% free ad experience
  • The Nook HD is expandable via microSD card slot
  • The Nook HD+ has an HD 9-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1280 and 256 pixels per inch and weighs 18.2oz

Nevertheless, the Nook HD and HD+ are both available for preorder now starting at $199 and $269 respectively.  B&N expects them to ship in late October.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."