Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7 vs HD Plus

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Nexus 7
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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 multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Google Nexus 7 

Reader Rocket recommends the Google Nexus 7  based on its performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Google Nexus 7

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7

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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (30-pin port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs 30-pin port 100% better Input/Output port
Lighter weight 347 g vs 515 g Around 35% lighter weight
Thinner 10.5 mm vs 11.4 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Noticeably quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4.5 hours Around 35% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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
Noticeably bigger screen 9" vs 7" Around 30% bigger screen
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1280 vs 1280 x 800 Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,200 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Faster web browser 1,083ms vs 1,720ms More than 35% faster web browser

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Nexus 7  vs
NOOK HD Plus 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1280
Screen size 7" 9"
Pixel density 215 ppi 256 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

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 No Yes

form factor

Size 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm 240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4 mm
Weight 347 g 515 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Nexus 7  vs
NOOK HD Plus 
Input/Output port micro-USB 30-pin port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,200 MHz 1,500 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot None microSD (up to 64GB)
Google Nexus 7
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I have to say, this is really flawed. When comparing ecosystems, you say it is not applicable for the Nexus 7, which makes no sense. Google has the Play market, which does sell ebooks, and has it's own ebook reader. This isn't anything new. So, if you're talking about what is preinstalled, then both have good ecosystems. If you're doing on the premise of what it supports additionally, both use the Google Play market for apps, so you can install anything that is available for Android. Either way you look at it, it is a moot point. Nexus 7 has its own ecosystem that the HD+ shares, and the Nexus 7 can use the Nook ecosystem. Next up, performance, you compare clock speed alone. Clock speed is only effective when comparing like processors. You have a quad core Tegra 3 processor at 1.2ghz, vs a dual core OMAP 4470 1.5ghz. They're both ARM based CPUs, but the Tegra 3 is actually the better processor, despite the lower clockspeed. It doesn't need to have as high of a clock speed, because it can do more calculations in less time. I've seen benchmarks with the 1.8ghz version of the OMAP 4470 went up against the Tegra 3, and still wasn't as fast. I'm not saying that the Nexus 7 is better than the HD+. It is just your methods of comparison are drastically flawed.
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