Nook HD Review

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Why a Nook?

My kids received a lot of Barnes & Noble gift cards for Christmas, and my 14-year old son has been dying for an Android tablet ever since his younger brother has been playing Minecraft on his Samsung Galaxy.  So, being impulsive as teenagers are want to be, he got a new Nook HD.  Let’s see how it satisfies expectations.

The box is minimalist.  The box claims that it has the highest resolution of any 7″ tablet, but fails to provide any specifics.  Upon checking we find that the resolution is 1440 x 900, which is a little better than the average resolution of 1280 x 800 that most 7-inch tablets implement.  Inside the box is the tablet itself (wrapped in plastic), a wall charger (with USB cable), and a Quick Start guide.  No other manuals or documentation are provided, as they are included as an included electronic document.

Under the hood, the Nook HD is rather capable.  It has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, and a TI OMAP 4 Dual-core CPU running at 1.3 Ghz, which is adequate for what it does.  There is no camera at all (forward or rear facing), and therefore the Nook HD cannot take photos or HD video.