Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of HD vs 1st Edition

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

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 and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Significantly thinner 11 mm vs 13 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
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 web browser 1,271ms vs 4,500ms 3.5x faster web browser
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 800 x 600 Around 2.8x higher resolution screen
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Slightly longer battery life 10.5 hour vs 8 hour More than 30% longer battery life; read more between charges
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK 1st Edition

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Reader Rocket is not aware of any important advantages of the 1st Edition Wi-Fi vs the HD 8GB.

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK HD  vs
1st Edition 
Screen resolution 1440 x 900 800 x 600
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 242 ppi 166 ppi

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 64GB) microSD (up to 16GB)
Memory 8 GB 2 GB

technical specs

NOOK HD  vs
1st Edition 
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 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm 124 x 196 x 13 mm
Weight 315 g 318 g
Headphone jack Yes Yes
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