Nook HD+ 9” Tablet test drive review


I recently tested the new Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 9” Tablet and  liked it a lot.
Since I have a built-in bias toward paper products, especially books and glossy magazines, there were a few questions I had before testing began.

I like reading a book or magazine held in my hands, highlighters and Post-It notes at the ready. So I had some reservations about an Ereader.

Without the ability to highlight or make notes, the usefulness of any tablet would be nil, other than it would be a handy device for reading while commuting or sitting in an easy chair, as long as the book wasn’t heavily illustrated. Fiction comes to mind.

I was pleasantly surprised
Turns out you can highlight in customizable colors and make notes attached to sections of text you can email to yourself or download using a built-in keyboard.

Pixel-packed, the Nook HD+ 9” Tablet display is great
Its brilliant display provides crisp text, sharp contrast and rich color on a full HD 1920×1280 display that’s very easy on the eyes from every viewing angle, Videos have amazing clarity. Colors and graphics pop. It’s just 18.2 oz and portable, designed to fit naturally in your hand.

Bring reading with you
Where you go, it goes, just about anywhere or anyplace. It’s perfect for commuting, trips, ocean cruises, countryside outings, picnics in the park and bed time night reading,

You can read nearly everything, from newspapers and magazines to textbooks, from an online inventory of more than 3,000,000 books, magazines, newspapers and graphic novels. It’s easy to stay current with newspapers and magazines delivered instantly to your NOOK, as soon as they hit the newsstands. And you can Sample books free before you buy.

Magazines and catalogs are a are a joy to read and browse
The NOOK’s brightly lit LCD color display delivers perfect color photos and graphics. Browse catalogs to your heart’s content. When you find an ad you like and want to save it? No problem. The NOOK Scrapbook™ feature lets you “rip” out catalog pages and magazines into a digital scrapbook so you can go back and enjoy them later.

Customer service located at a brick and mortar store near you
Barnes & Noble has thousands of brick and mortar stores. Should you have any difficulty with your NOOK you won’t be calling a customer service number, because a Nook HD+ 9” Tablet specialist is always available to help.

Surf the web and check email
Email access and web browsing is fast and easy, because each Nook features a fast, fast 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, improved multi-tab browser to get you online fast an a built-in Wi-Fi.

And Barnes & Noble offers a new email app, which supports Microsoft Exchange Active Sync® and popular email services like Gmail, Yahoo!, and Hotmail.

Share your Nook HD+ 9” Tablet with family members
Create up to six profiles, one for every family member, activated with a simple touch, instantly transforming your Nook into an individual personalized device.

Concerned about what you kids may see or read? The NOOK HD+ also offers parental controls so you can control and enhance your children’s experience.

Be entertained anywhere you go
There’s no shortage of reading and entertainment either. You can explore more than 3 million books, magazines, videos, and TV Shows to rent or buy, download or stream. There are thousands of apps for business, news and more weather, cooking, entertainment, lifestyle, catalogs & more offered in the Nook’s store.

Nook HD+ 9” Tablet Specs

  • Full HD 1920×1280 display that’s easy on the eyes from every viewing angle
  • Fully laminated screen
  • Excellent color reproduction
  • Expandable memory to 16GB or 32GB
  • Free unlimited NOOK Cloud storage for your content
  • Test is crisp & clean no matter how small
  • Font customization of sizes and line heights
  • Digital scrapbook allows “tearing” out of catalog and magazine pages or ads into Multiple accounts feature that allows you to share your Nook with others
  • Convenience and portability easy to carry in purse, backpack or briefcase
  • Improved multi-tab browser to get you online fast
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Weight:18.2 oz
  • Height: 9.46″ (240.3 mm)
  • Width: 6.41″ (162.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.45″ (11.4 mm)
  • Batter allows up to 10 hours of reading or 9 hours of video
  • Universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
  • Audio: MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AMR
  • Video: MP4, 3GP, WEBM
  • Pictures JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Power Adapter
  • Rechargeable battery installed

I was Disappointed with one thing
The downside of the NOOK HD+ is that it only has a tiny speaker on one side of the unit. But your sound experience can be enhanced with a headphone jack.

And what’s the deal with the hole in the case?