Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of HD Plus vs HD

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

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Reasons to consider the
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Much more storage capacity 32 GB vs 8 GB 4x more storage capacity
Noticeably bigger screen 9" vs 7" Around 30% bigger screen
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1280 vs 1440 x 900 Around 90% higher resolution screen
Faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,300 MHz More than 15% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
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Significantly lighter weight 315 g vs 515 g Around 40% lighter weight
Slightly thinner 11 mm vs 11.4 mm Around 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags

Reviews Word on the street

NOOK HD Plus  vs HD 

5.6
7.6
The Nook HD is beautiful in it's design.
NOOK HD

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK HD Plus  vs
HD 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1280 1440 x 900
Screen size 9" 7"
Pixel density 256 ppi 242 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

Internal storage 32 GB 8 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 64GB) microSD (up to 64GB)
Memory 32 GB 8 GB

connectivity

NOOK HD Plus  vs
HD 
Input/Output port 30-pin port 30-pin port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 1,300 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

form factor

Size 240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4 mm 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm
Weight 515 g 315 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
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