Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of HD 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 pcmag.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
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

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Thinner 11 mm vs 12.2 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly faster web browser 1,271ms vs 4,101ms 3.2x faster web browser
Lighter weight 315 g vs 422 g More than 25% lighter weight
Significantly faster processor 1,300 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 65% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 1024 x 600 More than 2x higher resolution screen
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
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 Color

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Quicker recharging 3.5 hours vs 4.5 hours More than 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

NOOK HD  vs Color 

7.6
7.0
The Nook HD is beautiful in it's design.
NOOK HD

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK HD  vs
Color 
Screen resolution 1440 x 900 1024 x 600
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 242 ppi 169 ppi
Screen type LCD LCD
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

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 127 x 205 x 12.2 mm
Weight 315 g 422 g
Headphone jack Yes Yes

technical specs

NOOK HD  vs
Color 
RAM 1,024 MB 512 MB
Processor 1,300 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
XLS
DOC
PDF
XLX
TXT
PPT
ePUB
CBZ

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 8 GB 5 GB
Memory 8 GB 5 GB
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