Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of HD Plus vs 4

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

iPad 4
9.7
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and theverge.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPad 4 

Reader Rocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its display, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Plus

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 64GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Lighter weight 515 g vs 652 g More than 20% lighter weight
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Slightly faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,400 MHz More than 5% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
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Significantly thinner 9 mm vs 11.4 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Higher resolution screen 2048 x 1536 vs 1920 x 1280 Around 30% higher resolution screen
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 9" Around 10% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK HD Plus  vs
iPad 4 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1280 2048 x 1536
Screen size 9" 9.7"
Pixel density 256 ppi 263 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 64GB) None
Memory 32 GB 16 GB

connectivity

NOOK HD Plus  vs
iPad 4 
Input/Output port 30-pin port Lightning port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 1,400 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore NOOK Book Store iBookstore
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $9.45
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 36
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

form factor

Size 240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4 mm 241 x 186 x 9 mm
Weight 515 g 652 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
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