Fancy yourself a reader? Wan’t to buy a copy of 50 Shades of Grey, but don’t want to purchase it in book form because you don’t agree with the mass murder of trees? Then you’re in luck, because Barnes and Noble is finally updating their Nook line of e-readers/tablets with not one, but two new models: The Nook HD and the Nook HD+.
The Nook HD is a thin, light, 7 inch tablet featuring a design that veers away from its predecessor in places and a bright screen and 1440×900 resolution display that brings it on par with the Retina screen found in Apple’s own iPad. Under the hood is a a 1.3GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor running Android. The Nook HD+, on the other the other hand, is a 9 inch tablet that looks like the high def offspring of the original Nook. It even has a variation on the completely unnecessary Nook caribiner that doesn’t seem to do much but distinguish the Nook from it’s competition. Like the Nook HD, the HD+ has a dual-core OMAP 4470 processor; however, it’s running at 1.5GHz and helps make going through digitized content as smooth as possible. Both of the new Nooks run Android, and there’s been a couple of new features added to the mix to make these the best Nooks yet.
A lot of these new features help to make the multimedia experience on the Nook fun and enjoyable. Barnes and Noble has added Nook Video, which is a cloud service that streams digital video content to your Nook. There’s support for personal profiles now (just in case you feel like sharing your Nook with someone else) and Exchange, meaning you can use your Nook to check your emails and Powerpoint presentations. Nook Channels recommends different content to you based on your reading habits and purchasing decisions. A tab in the corner called Nook Today shows you the weather and even recommends some quick reads for you to peruse while you’re heading to your destination of choice (i.e., your totally awesome cubicle).
The Nook HD will be available in 3 sizes (8, 16, and 32 GBs) and two colors (white and gray) while the HD+ will only come in 2 sizes (16 and32 GB) and one color: slate. Prices will range from $199 to $399. They can be pre-ordered now at the Barnes and Noble online shop.
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