Nook HD & Nook HD+ tablets: Will they be Amazon Kindle Fire HD killers

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    Barnes & Noble has introduced two great tablets Nook HD and Nook HD+. Many wonder if they will be Amazon Kindle Fire HD killers

    In reply to Amazon, Barnes & Noble has revamped its Nook Tablet line with two great products. The new devices are a 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+. Similar to Amazon’s upgraded Kindle Fire HDs, the tabs are up with High Definition displays. The Android slates are to tout lots of advanced features and capabilities. And, they will respectively take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch in small tablet market. Here we review the new B&N tablets.

    B&N Nook HD
    It is the lower end edition of the company’s new Nook HD tablets. It comes up with a small 7-inch display that packs a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels at 243ppi. The tablet supports 720p video playback to let users enjoy better digital content. The small Nook HD weighs at 315g and is slimmer at 127mm. That is, it undercuts its Amazon rival Kindle Fire HD 7-inch in both the aspects. The device is also to come with the same soft-touch plastic covering of the Nook Simple Touch that makes it easily graspable and handy.

    Under the hood, Nook HD mounts a decent 1.3GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor; plus, 1GB of RAM. It will be available for grabs in two memory versions; 8GB and 16GB along with microSD slot for memory expansion. Using an HDMI adapter dongle, the tablet will support Full HD video out. According to Barnes & Noble, the gadget has managed to score 60fps in GL Benchmarks, which is two times better than Kindle Fire HD.

    An incredible HD screen is one of the admirable things with the tablet. As per analysts, it has great viewing angles so that users can even see content even from sides with no color inversion. Unfortunately, B&N has omitted a front camera so that it will be impossible for you to make video chats on Nook HD. For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth. Thanks to a decent 4050mAh battery, you can use the tab for up to 10.5hrs for eReading and 9hrs for video watching. It is to start at $199 (8GB version) and its 16GB version will go for $229.

    B&N Nook HD+
    It is the superior of the two tablets. Nook HD+ is to step up with a big 9-inch IPS LCD display. It will pack a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels at 256ppi. Similar to its younger sibling, the gadget sports a dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor; which clocks at 1.5GHz, though. It has 1GB of RAM and it comes in more improved storage options; 16GB and 32GB. You can expand the memory thanks to a microSD slot.

    For connectivity, the Nook HD+ touts Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth. Also, you have stereo speakers with SRS sound and Full HD video out through an HDMI dongle. The gadget measures at 240.4 x 162.8 x 11.5 mm and weighs at 515 grams. Thanks to a more powerful 6,000 mAh battery, it can provide you up to 10hrs of eReading and 9hrs of video playback.

    Nook HD and HD+; Software and Apps
    No doubt, the tablets are to run Google Android. A skinned version of the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is slated to run in the tablets. They will also come with many preloaded programs and apps. You can also find many preinstalled apps for various functions on the device. It will extend support for leading digital media content streaming service like Netflix, Hulu Plus and more.

    Nook HD and HD+ Rivals
    The devices are to take on three products; Amazon Kindle Fire HDs, Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad. B&N has deliberately launched two devices to face off Amazon’s 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDs. Google’s band new Nexus 7 tablet from Asus and iPad are also aimed by the book vendor with its new tabs. It looks that the larger 9-inch version is simply meant for iPad and Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Meanwhile, the small Nook HD will take on Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD 7-inch.