The Good The Barnes & Noble Nook HD has a light, comfortable design with a sharp screen and a well-implemented user profiles feature. Books, videos, and magazines look great and the microSD slot takes some of the sting out of the lack of internal storage.
The Bad It’s missing some typical tablet features and 8GB is still a low starting point for storage. Fingerprints easily sully the screen and performance can be sluggish at times.
The Bottom Line The Barnes & Noble Nook HD's sharp screen and comfortable body make it an ideal tablet choice, especially for reading books, magazines and watching movies. Google Play now only adds to the allure.
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Editors' note, November 25, 2013: Due to increasingly stronger competition in the tablet space, CNET has lowered the score of the Nook HD.
The Nook HD is light, comfortable, and has the sharpest screen of any current 7-inch tablet. With full access to the Google Play store, "limited app availability" can now be crossed off as its major caveat.
The Nook HD's higher resolution screen makes movies and games look sharper than on any other small tablet. The OS still feels like a walled garden, but with access to now tons of apps and media content, that doesn't matter as much as it did when the tablet first launched.
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