New Nook HD and Nook HD+ Android tablets out in the UK this week

Nook HD TabletsThe bookstore Barnes & Noble isn’t that well known in the UK, as up until September this year, it has never sold any products here. Then it launched its Nook Simple Touch e-readers in an effort to take some of Amazon’s market share, and has now expanded its range even further, with its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets.

They’re very similar to the Kindle Fire range, as they’re well-priced, high-spec tablets running Google Android, but neither offer access to the Google Play app store, instead forcing owners to use the company’s own stores which comes pre-installed.

Here’s what Barnes & Noble has come up with to tempt you away from Amazon this Christmas. The Nook HD has a 7-inch screen with an excellent 1440 x 900 pixel resolution, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory. This storage space dictates the price, which is £159 and £189 respectively.

The Nook HD+ is considerably more interesting, as it’s closer in specification to the Amazon Kindle HD 8.9, a model that Amazon doesn’t sell in the UK. It has a 9-inch touchscreen with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, a 1.5GHz processor and this time, either 16GB or 32GB of memory. Of course, it’s more expensive than the basic Nook HD, coming in at £229 for the 16GB model or £269 for the top-of-the-range 32GB version.

Barnes & Noble also has its own eBook store with more than 2.5 million titles available, a Newsstand app with newspapers and magazines, plus in December, Nook Video will launch with a selection of films and TV shows for owners to rent or buy.

In addition to selling the new tablets through its website, B&N has signed agreements with retailers including Asda, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Dixons and John Lewis, all of which will be stocking the Nook tablets this Christmas.

There’s a huge amount of choice out there when it comes to cheap Android tablets, can the Barnes & Noble Nook succeed despite being a relative unknown?

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars
  • http://www.gplus.to/jamiegibbs Jamie

    I don’t know if I’m ready to switch from the Kindle, but the one thing that Nook had in its favour was the ability to loan out ebooks to friends (at least it had this in the US when I last looked). I’m not overly keen on the “hey, we’re more than just a book reader” functionality that they all seem to be touting at the moment, but I think I’m just resisting change because I like my books the traditional way – collecting dust on a shelf that never gets looked at :)

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