Barnes & Noble Nook HD Deals

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams


Lon Bailey

November 26, 2012, 2:00 pm

Why would a proprietary tablet like the B&N nook be more attractive than a conventional tablet? Maybe it is because you cannot get the B&N app easily as Android Play says the app is not valid for the UK. B&N books are about the same price as amazon, though. I will stick to my Transformer Prime.


December 18, 2012, 12:35 am

NOOK HD is not compatible with B&N's "PagePerfect" ebooks (graphically enhanced) - which, if you do a search, are most of the ebooks you'd want to read on a color tablet!!

They don't tell you this when you purchase a NOOK HD - which is the updated version of the Nook Color, which "PagePerfect" books were created for... to exploit the fact that you could have full color photos and pictures.

So Barnes and Noble's newest reader gets fewer compatible books, and none with enhanced graphics! Nice.

No wonder they aren't talking about it. (and see how many reviews you can find online that point this out)

Brian Linens

May 11, 2013, 8:13 pm

Full android tablet now after new software upgrade. BIG IMPROVEMENT


May 16, 2013, 8:44 pm

UPDATE The review needs updating to include that Google Play is now officially licensed on the Nook HD/HD+ which makes it an entirely different value proposition. It was brought in with a B&N update. This also means that you can easily install Amazon Apps and Amazon Kindle reader as additional resources to Google Play. All movie rental services in UK appear to be available.

For the UK user this means that BBC iPlayer (and its UK & US equivalents) can be easily installed as an official app, and if your ISP connection speed is up to it, the video is superb, because the HD screen is full 720p capable.

Another newer development is that Firefox for Android tablets is now available, and you can install Adobe Flash, so that all Flash content on the Interwebs is accessible, as well as helpful add-ons such as AdBlock. This means that you can either watch BBC programmes in the browser or the BBC iPlayer (you might want to make a recording, that has limited life done in the proprietary players such as iPlayer, but is a permanent recording when made with a browser app - you need this facility for off-line watching of programmes that do not appear in iPlayer, such as football programmes ).

Finally there is a new way of hybrid rooting (details at XDA) that installs ClockworkMod, gives root access, but preserves the native Nook interface. I wouldn't recommend many proprietary interfaces, because ICS and Jelly Bean are simply good without embellishments, but I'm happy with the Nook loader.

£40 64GB SDXC cards are available - and the current price promotion is £129 (less in Asda and Currys) during May 2013.

Probably deserves 10 stars rating now - if lack of camera does not bother buyer.

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