Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of HD Plus vs Mini

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

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

Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and theverge.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Plus

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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
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1280 vs 1024 x 768 Around 3.2x higher resolution screen
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Bigger screen 9" vs 7.9" Around 15% bigger screen
Significantly faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 50% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Slightly faster web browser 1,083ms vs 1,457ms More than 25% faster web browser
Front view of Apple iPad Mini

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Much thinner 7.2 mm vs 11.4 mm More than 35% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Significantly lighter weight 312 g vs 515 g Around 40% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 3.6 hours vs 4.5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

NOOK HD Plus  vs iPad Mini 

5.6
7.9

6.8
9.0
Battery life has been nearly identical as well, though if you're using a lot of cellular data you're probably more likely to see a dip.
iPad Mini

Overall

6.2 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK HD Plus  vs
iPad Mini 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1280 1024 x 768
Screen size 9" 7.9"
Pixel density 256 ppi 162 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
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

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

connectivity

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

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 512 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 1,000 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 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Weight 515 g 312 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Plus
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