The rivalry between Amazon and Barnes & Noble is entirely natural. Both are makers of budget tablets with a focus on e-Reading. After Amazon showed off their HD Kindle Fire 2, we knew it wouldn’t be long before Barnes & Noble presented their challenger. And here they are: the 7 inch Nook HD and the 9 inch Nook HD+.
The 7 incher has a resolution of 1440 x 900. It’s 9 inch brother amps up the pixels a bit to 1920 x 1280, hence the name HD+. Barnes & Noble must have been searching their thesauri for superlatives because they sure threw out a lot of them during the presentation. The Nook HD is the lightest 7 inch tablet with the highest screen resolution, etc. The Nook HD’s 11.1 ounces are indeed nothing to sneeze at and its 243 ppi display is certainly impressive. The battery should last 10.5 hours when reading and 9 hours while watching videos. It will come in two versions, 8 and 16 GB with the potential to extent via micro SD.
The Nook HD also has 1 GB RAM and a 1.3 GHz dual core OMAP 4470 inside. Although it’s Android is barely recognizable, it is Ice Cream Sandwich. The 8 GB version will be available in November for $199 and the 16 GB for $229.
The Nook HD+ has the same processor (but this one running at 1.5 GHz) and RAM inside, but the larger screen size and higher resolution are clear differentiations. The prices are as follows: $269 for 16GB of memory, and $299 for 32GB.
It will be very interesting to see how the new Nooks do against the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire 2. Here’s a hands-on video from The Verge: