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Nook HD From Barnes & Noble

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013
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Last March I wrote about the Nook 8GB Color Tablet that I bought for my wife the previous October, saying how much I liked it, though I didn’t have one, and how she was happy to have it. Well, this year I bought one a few days after Christmas, only better than the one I bought her, and I’m talking about it as well as putting in a product link if you want to check it out; hey, I’m allowed to try to make money here and there, right? :-)

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Nook HD

The tablet I purchased was the Nook HDicon, and it’s a major step above the one I bought her, in more ways than one.

I’ll get to the immediate details that concern the HD part of it all. Initially I couldn’t figure out why I wanted the HD; turns out I didn’t have much of a choice. They discontinued making the one I bought her in favor of the upgrade, and it only makes sense. While she could watch videos that we can download off YouTube (Nooks play MP4 video files), she couldn’t watch any HD videos on hers, and sometimes that’s the only choice you’re given. On mine, I get full HD, which is pretty cool.

Next, let’s talk capacity. Her Nook was an 8GB, which was as high as it went, and you could put a 32GB microSD card in it for more storage. Mine came in either 8 or 16 GB, but I can put as much as a 64GB microSD in it, though I went for the 32GB for now because of the price. So you know, I bought the microSD at Staples rather than at B&N or at Best Buy because it cost less; that might not always be the case. Why do you need more capacity? Because HD files take up a lot more space, even at 16GB, which I filled up, surprisingly.

Because I bought my own, I know more about it and thus I can now talk more about all the features. I have paid for and downloaded two books onto it. One of those books I actually purchased for real, but it was too big and unwieldy to carry around anywhere, and way too big to even read in bed. The Nook HD is 7″ high, light and easy to carry, and has a nice range of brightness so that I can make it either really bright, which is crystal clear, or darken it, which I do when reading late at night and my eyes don’t want to deal with all that light.

A neat thing about the books is that you can change sizes of the font, font colors, fonts themselves and the color of the background. That’s pretty neat, something the old one couldn’t do. And you have them for as long as you have your Nook.

Magazines will be interesting for me. There’s one I still subscribe to, PC World, and I’m thinking about switching it to the Nook. The magazines stay as long as you want them, and of course it’s easier to carry magazines around with you on the Nook than taking them outside of the house. And it turns out that the price of the magazines is the same as the price of regular magazines; neat. You can also subscribe to newspapers but the choices are limited, and I couldn’t find one that addressed local news so I won’t be going that route.

You can move both audio and video files, as well as images. The sound isn’t bad, and you can buy small speakers to attach if the sound isn’t loud enough for you. However, I’ve found that the sound on the HD is better and louder naturally than on the original. And the types of videos I’ve been adding have been things like TED talks, documentaries, and some cartoons. Some of these things I watch, then delete; a few I plan on keeping, such as the 20 minute opening to the movie The Secret, which always seems to make me feel better.

It’s also wi-fi if you happen to be in an area where you can access it. If you’re in B&N itself you can read books for up to an hour on the Nook for free, which could be a way to get around having to buy a book if you’re sneaky like that. However, you have to sign in with a credit card, which I wasn’t up for. Still, being able to access the internet is cool. And there are apps you can search for and add; I added Evernote since I have it on my computers and my smartphone; access everywhere!

One last thing. The battery holds much longer than using my smartphone, which immediately makes it a better reader overall. I’ve loaded some of my pdf files (yeah, I have lots of them) and my Word Doc files (I’m working on a detective story, as some of you know), as it accepts those formats as well as many others. Frankly, last year I was kicking myself because I didn’t buy one sooner, and now I think I’d have been kicking myself if I hadn’t waited for the HD.

That’s all I can think about to say so I’ll leave it there. By the way, it’s still rated higher than the Kindle; just thought I’d toss that into the mix. I love this thing, so I have no hesitation in talking about it and in trying to help market it. Any questions, just ask, but I hope you check it out if you want something that’s more than just a reader.
 

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15 Comments »

I think I’d need to buy this same item but I have the new Apple iPad which serves the need better.

But its price shows I can acquire it with all of its features like space and ability to read ebooks for me to grow taller in knowledge :)

Thanks for sharing the information, I love Nook
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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

No problem Olawale. I know nothing about the iPad but I think it’s more of a tablet whereas this is an expanded version of a reader. And I don’t have to buy a data plan for it, so it’s worth more to me. ;-)

January 18th, 2013 | 3:06 PM

I am also thinking to buy new one for myself and I hope I will do it next month. I think Nook HD looks cool, but I can’t see the specs anywhere. Definitely looks like a good deal, but without knowing anything about CPU and RAM, it is difficult to make the final step.

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Carl, the specs are on the site, but this isn’t a computer so things like RAM and CPU don’t fit here.

Carl Reply:

I still can’t find the specs on the link you’ve provided, and to some extends you are wrong, it isn’t irrelevant. Many applications require specific generation of CPU and will not work under decent amount of RAM, on the other hand HDD capacity is more irrelevant, as everybody can buy micro SD card and expand this much over the top, but CPU can’t be replaced neither RAM.

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

I wouldn’t say I’m wrong Carl; I’d never say that. lol What I will say is that for me it’s irrelevant because it’s a reader, which means it only reads, plays video, etc. Unlike my computer, which needs to have lots of RAM and a strong fan and a lot of capacity that I’m allowed to increase at will because I’m a power user, of sorts, and it’s my livelihood… well, its use is. You can’t upgrade or replace its power source, and the largest capacity it will accept is 64GB. There’s nothing else you can do with it, no tinkering. So, in that vein, anything else is irrelevant.

January 19th, 2013 | 12:31 AM

Hey Mitch, I was just wondering if you considered Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. I’ve been toying with buying a Tablet and when I do it will be mainly for reading. I don’t need the extra features that the iPad offers.
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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

I did Sire, but I went with the Nook for 2 reasons. One, it’s ranked higher than the Fire by PC World. Two, I go to Barnes & Noble often, and thus having access to its library while I’m there was a neat attraction, even if I’m not using it just yet. However, when I do go into the store it automatically kicks in the wi-fi, so I don’t have to sign in or anything, just go. I like that a lot.

January 20th, 2013 | 7:15 AM

Look promising to me..Reading ebooks and carrying them around on gadgets like Nook is much more convenient…How much did it cost exactly?

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

It was around $239 for me I believe, plus tax, and I bought the case which was around $20. I don’t remember the exact dollars at this juncture.

January 22nd, 2013 | 12:12 AM

Hi Mitch,
The Nook looks fine but I think an iPad Mini is a better option for me owing to the low price that has been set for it.Also the features are quite amazing and the processor is really beefed up.Hence I would go for Apple.

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

I saw the iPad mini in an AT&T store and was less than impressed, though it would be hard to say why. It could be my general dislike for all things Apple. lol I also don’t like that you have to buy a data plan to use the wi-fi even if you’re only going to be in places where you can access wi-fi for free; that’s not Apple’s fault per se but it’s how they set it up, and supposedly it has to be a different plan than what you might already have with your phone; that doesn’t seem fair.

January 23rd, 2013 | 6:59 AM

I played with the Nook HD in store yesterday, the display quality is superb, but the physical design and build indeed look cheap.
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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

That’s interesting Jeromy because I don’t think mine looks cheap at all. Matter of fact, I think it’s fairly sleek, and comes in 2 colors which is also intriguing.

January 24th, 2013 | 3:05 PM

Stenn, you certainly don’t see me complaining about mine, and your statement is probably a generalization. I don’t know a single person that has a Nook that’s complained about it in any fashion; maybe we just know different types of people? You like yours though, and that’s really all that counts.

January 25th, 2013 | 4:48 PM