Nook HD Worth a Look

Barnes & Noble's 7-inch e-reader is a solid buy, say reviewers

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 30, 2012 12:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Barnes & Noble's Nook HD is by no means a world-changer, but most reviewers think those in the market for a modestly priced e-reader would be well advised to give the $199 device a close look. Dig into the source links for more details, but here are some bottom lines:

  • Lance Ulanoff, Mashable: "It’s feature rich, fast, fluid, has an excellent interface, and is well worth $200. It’s the obvious choice for previous Nook owners and deserves serious consideration for those in the other e-reader and mid-sized tablet camps who may be considering jumping ship."
  • Eric Franklin, CNET: It "can’t match competing tablets in media library breadth, but as long as you're not looking for bells and whistles, its sharp screen and comfortable body make it an ideal tablet choice for reading books and magazines. "

  • Harry McCracken, Time: "With its featherweight form factor, sharp screen, and pleasant user interface, the Nook HD ... keeps Barnes & Noble in the cheap-tablet game it helped create with its original Nook Color. Anyone who’s got $199 to spend on a tablet should give this Nook a look."
  • Brian Heater, Engadget: It's got a "great little screen" and "snappy performance," making it a "fine little tablet for the price." But "in a space where the Kindle and Nexus have been crowned champions, asking people to make the leap feels like a bit of a hard sell."

The Nook HD sells for $199.   (AP Photo/Barnes & Noble)
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