Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wondering On Wednesday

It's that time of year again.  Amazon recently released their new Kindle, apple released the iPone 5 and there is rumor that there will be a new iPad before long.  So naturally, Barnes and Noble has two new nooks, Nook HD and Nook HD+, coming out on November 1st.  As someone who owns the original ereader tablet, the Nook Color, I'm pretty stoked.  They've added a hand full of new features since the Nook Tablet as well as a sleekier style.

The Nook HD+ looks similar to the Nook Tablet and Nook Color but it now has a 9 inch HD screen making it around the same size as the iPad but a bit lighter weighing in at 18.2 oz.  It has more internal storage than the other nooks and is available in 16 GB or 32 GB and like the other Nooks you can expand your storage with a microSD card.  The battery life is now 10 hours as opposed to the 8 hours of the Nook Tablet.  It has new and improved "cinema like sound", which, honestly, anyting is an improvement over the Nook Color sound which I couldn't hear over the sound of an air conditioner without ear buds. Barnes and Noble added a new Scrapbooking feature that allows you to "tear out" pages in magazines and catalogues to save which I think it really cool because that is one of the main reasons that I keep buying actual magazines now so that I can save the articles that I want out of them.  Catalogues themselves are a new feature on the nook.  The new movie feature allows you to buy or rent movies directly onto you device and you can pick up where you left off on your TV or smart phone.  Before the only way you could watch TV or movies was through Netflix or Hulu.  If your Nook is something the whole family uses, it can create up to six indiviualized profiles with each persons own books, movies, and apps.  If you have young children that you don't want buying things without your permission, or just inapporpriate things in general, there is now parent controlls that allow parents to monitor kids activites and purchases.  With all of the new features plus the original ones that we all love, the Nook Cloud, Nook IQ, books, apps, magazines, etc. the Nook HD+ is sure to be a best seller and barnes and noble fan favorite.

The Nook HD has all of the built in features that the Nook HD+ has.  The main difference is the sizing which also makes it cheaper.  The Nook HD has a 7 inch screen and different body style than any of the other nooks.  It is also a bit lighter than the other Nook Tablets.  It comes in white or smoke.  The built in memory is less than the Nook HD+ at either 8 GB ($199) or 16 GB ($229).  It has a slightly longer battery life at 10.5 hrs.  If I get a new nook this is the one I'm going with.

Are there any nook fans out there?  Do you see yourself replacing your old Nook for the newer, sleeker ones?  With all of the new features, it would be hard not to.

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