The first of the two new tablets is the Nook HD, a 7-inch slate that, according to B&N, weighs less and sports a higher resolution than any other tablet of equal size. A dual-core 1.3.GHz processor teamed with 1GB of RAM combine to power the device and drive its 1440x900 resolution screen. How does that compare to the Kindle Fire HD?
|Barnes & Noble Nook HD||Amazon Kindle Fire HD
|1.3GHz dual-core||1GHz dual-core
|1440x900 resolution||1280x800 resolution|
|243 pixels per inch||216 pixels per inch|
|11.1 ounces (315 grams)||13.9 ounces (395 grams)|
|$199 8GB; $229 16GB||$199 16GB; $249 32GB|
On the larger end of the spectrum is the Nook HD+, a 9-inch tablet with a 1920x1280 display. It too is relatively light, checking in at 18.2 ounces (515 grams). B&N equipped its flagship slate with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the same chip you'll find in the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet. How do those compare in a head-to-head?
|Barnes & Noble Nook HD+||Amazon Kindle Fire HD8.9"|
|1.5GHz dual-core||1.5GHz dual-core
|1920x1280 resolution||1920x1200 resolution|
|256 pixels per inch||254 pixels per inch|
|18.2 ounces (515 grams)||20 ounces (567 grams)|
|$269 16GB; $299 32GB||$299 16GB; $369 32GB
$499 32GB LTE; $599 64GB LTE
We're not sure if the resolution is a typo on B&N's part (it shows up repeatedly in marketing literature), but even if it's supposed to read 1920x1200 or 1920x1080, it compares favorably with the Kindle Fire HD 8.9". The Nook HD+ features more storage for $30 less on the 16GB model and $70 less on the 32GB SKU, plus it also has a microSD card slot. Finally, unlike the Kindle Fire models, there are "no annoying ads," B&N points out, referring to Amazon's Special Offers that are beamed to the Kindle Fire HD's lock screen.
What do you think about the Nook HD and HD+?