Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of HD Plus vs Color

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

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

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Plus 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Plus  based on its display and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Plus

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Much more storage capacity 32 GB vs 5 GB Around 6.5x more storage capacity
Much higher resolution screen 1920 x 1280 vs 1024 x 600 4x higher resolution screen
Noticeably bigger screen 9" vs 7" Around 30% bigger screen
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Much faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 90% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Much faster web browser 1,083ms vs 4,101ms 3.8x faster web browser
Thinner 11.4 mm vs 12.2 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Color

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Lighter weight 422 g vs 515 g Around 20% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 3.5 hours vs 4.5 hours More than 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK HD Plus  vs
Color 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1280 1024 x 600
Screen size 9" 7"
Pixel density 256 ppi 169 ppi
Screen type LCD LCD
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes No
Directly download library e-books to device Yes No
Web browser Yes Yes
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes No

storage

Internal storage 32 GB 5 GB
Memory 32 GB 5 GB

form factor

Size 240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4 mm 127 x 205 x 12.2 mm
Weight 515 g 422 g
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

NOOK HD Plus  vs
Color 
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 512 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
XLS
DOC
PDF
XLX
TXT
PPT
ePUB
CBZ

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore NOOK Book Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.27 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.84 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $9.64
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations Yes Yes
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