Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Review and Gaming Performance

Posted by B. Johnson
June 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Review and Gaming PerformanceYesterday, there was one tablet from Barnes & Noble, which i thought was a good quality tablet.

I’m talking about Barnes & Noble Nook HD+.

The thing that really impresses me about this tablet is definitely the hardware specs it comes with. Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ features a dual-core TI OMAP 4470 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU and its full HD display.

And these specs are just amazing for me because i didn’t expect a not-so-popular tablet like this could have such high-grade quality specs that almost match some of the flagship tablets across the market to date, like LG G Pad 8.3, Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire 7 HDX, HP Slate 8 Pro or even Sony Xperia Z – although these tablets are just way more powerful in terms of performance and will blow Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ out of the water - no doubt about that.

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD benchmarks and gaming performance

Interestingly, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ is not the only high-end tablet released by this company.

There is one other great tablet from Barnes & Noble that definitely deserves the spotlight from this website.

The tablet i’m talking about is Barnes & Noble NOOK HD – which is the predecessor and the lower-end model of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+.

Well, if you’re looking for a reading-dedicated tablet, and you’re also interested to get to know with this tablet, then you might want to check out what i’m about to share in this review of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD.

But before you go straight to the review, don’t forget to share this article to your friends or family by pressing the social media icons around this page.

I would really appreciate your contribution here (Thanks a lot for that!).

Okay then, without further ado, here you go, my personal review of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD. Check it out!

Introduction

As i mentioned already above, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD – as its name implies - is definitely the lower-end model of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ - if you would - or probably just the predecessor from that tablet.

But even so, there are still some great things found inside this tablet, especially in the hardware department.

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD features a 7-inch display sporting the high resolution 1440x900 pixel display (higher than the traditional HD 1280x800 pixel display) – as opposed to the full HD 1920x1200 pixel display on Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+. And that’s in the display sector.

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Review and Gaming PerformanceIn the performance area, this tablet is packing a dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor clocked at 1.3GHz per core, 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX544 GPU handling most of the graphics-related tasks on this tablet.

From the hardware standpoint, this tablet is actually pretty similar with the HD+ model.

In fact, they both share the same exact TI OMAP 4470 processor, 1GB of RAM and the same PowerVR SGX 544 GPU – although the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ has much faster 1.5GHz clock speed on its processor, compared to the 1.3GHz on the regular model.

But that’s probably not gonna give a huge difference in performance given that this Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is only sporting slightly lower HD screen (1440x900 pixels), as opposed to the full HD 1920x1200 pixel display on Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+, which of course will require a lot more pixels to execute by its processor.

So in the hardware department, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD definitely look so slightly inferior compared to its sibling.

But the question is, with these impressive specs, does Barnes & Noble NOOK HD have what it takes to be a great contender for Kindle Fire HD tablet?

Well, hopefully we’re about to find out more about that in this review.

Design

When it comes to design, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD doesn’t look so impressive – especially compared to the other rivals that mostly have premium and elegant looking design, like Sony Xperia Z, LG G Pad 8.3 or iPad mini with Retina display.

However, something that we should appreciate from this tablet is how it looks so unique and has its own characteristic compared to rivals.

I mean, if you look at other regular Android tablets, many of them mostly look slightly the same one to another – with the same looking black dark and thick bezels, rounded corners and plastic rear-cover, without having their own identity.

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Review and Gaming Performance

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Review and Gaming Performance

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Review and Gaming Performance

So despite having a not-so-interesting looking design, it’s still amazing to see such a under-the-radar tablet like Barnes & Noble NOOK HD still looks stand out among its rivals.

Back to Top
  • 7 inch Capacitive Display 1440 x 900 pixels (-243 PPI pixel density)
  • Dual Core 1.3GHz Ti OMAP 4470 CPU Processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 GPU Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Adobe AIR v3.3
  • Weight ~300g
  • OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG v1.1, EGL v1.3
  • 8GB/16GB ROM internal storage (User Available 5GB/13GB)
  • microSDHC card slot for up to 64GB FAT32
  • USB
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n (2.4Ghz Only)
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm Headset Jack
As i mentioned already above, in the hardware department, there is not much difference between this tablet and its sequel Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+.

They both share the same exact TI OMAP dual-core 4470 processor (although HD+ has faster clock speed than Barnes & Noble NOOK HD), the same 1GB of RAM and the same PowerVR SGX 544 GPU (which used to be powerful in its class – as seen in the iPhone 5).

So in terms of specs, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD still looks pretty impressive even for a media-consumption tablet, not only a reading-dedicated device.

However, despite having some good hardware specs inside, it doesn’t mean that this tablet will be great for many things – for example is gaming.

Even though PowerVR SGX 544 GPU is a great GPU, the gaming performance of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD will not be as great as other tablet with the same exact internals – i’m talking about Kindle Fire HD.

This Amazon’s tablet – just like Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ - shares the same exact internals like Barnes & Noble NOOK HD (from the same TI OMAP 4470 processor, 1GB of RAM, PowerVR SGX544 GPU and even a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display – as opposed to the lower 1440x900 pixel display on Barnes & Noble NOOK HD.

However, in terms of gaming performance, then Kindle Fire 8.9 HD will definitely blow this Barnes & Noble NOOK HD out of the water, given that this Amazon’s tablet has more complete well-optimized Android games on its Amazon app store than Barnes & Noble NOOK HD.

So with that being said, if you’re planning to get Barnes & Noble NOOK HD in the near future, then it’s probably not a good idea if you decide to buy this tablet for its gaming performance, because you might be left disappointed by this tablet.

However, as a reading-dedicated or media-consumption device, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is still a pretty decent choice for you.

Anyway, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD consists in 2 models, 8GB and 16GB models.

However, there’s not much difference between these tablets. The only thing that sets them apart is the default internal storage.

Screen

As its name implies, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD features a 7-inch display sporting HD 1440x900 pixels (which is higher than the real HD 1280x720 pixels, by the way).

This actually is already good enough for a 7-inch tablet.

It looks sharp and even the tiny text will still look sharp and crisp on this tablet.

However, you might always need to do the pinch-to-zoom gesture if you just cannot read the text or see the images perfectly, especially when reading books or browsing the web.

User Interface and Features

Like any other tablets from Barnes & Noble, this Barnes & Noble NOOK HD still inherits the same simplified Android UI – just like what Amazon did on its Kindle Fire line that has a simple Android UI on its Fire OS.

So if you’re not such a big fan of Android stock UI, you probably would like to experience the simple UI on this tablet.

Besides, as a reading-dedicated and media-consumption tablet, it’s probably not really important to have all of the complete features found on the stock Android UI.

So if you don’t mind having a tablet with eliminated features of Android standard UI, then Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is probably the tablet you’re looking for.

Performance

In term of performance, this Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is probably pretty similar with its sibling - Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+, given that they both share the same exact dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor, 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX 544 GPU.

Even though the clock speed of the processor on Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is slightly lower than HD+ (1.3GHz vs 1.5GHz), there’s probably not much difference in the performance because the HD+ uses a full HD 1920x1440 pixel display, as opposed to the lower 1440x900 pixel display on Barnes & Noble NOOK HD.

So their performances are similarly smooth and fluent, especially when doing some basic simple tasks like reading books/magazines, watching movies, using live wallpaper, browsing the, checking out photos or even playing games.

However, as for playing games (which i’m about to talk about in a minute), just like its sequel - Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ -, i don’t think this tablet will have such great gaming performance.

So if you’re planning to get this tablet mainly to play games - especially the latest games -, then i strongly suggest you to switch to other option given that this tablet might not deliver a decent performance for that matter.

Back to Top
As i mentioned already above, when it comes to gaming performance, then i don’t think this tablet will be so great.

Even though this tablet is packing some specs that used to be considered as powerful in its class, the gaming performance of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD might leave a lot to be desired.

So if you’re a big fan of tablet gaming and would like to use this tablet mainly as a gaming tablet, you might be left disappointed by its performance.

It may be still capable to handle the games - even graphically demanding games released in 2012 or before that year, like Need for Speed Undercover & SHIFT, PES 2012, ShadowGun I, Dead Trigger, Blood and Glory, Angry Birds Star Wars, Modern Combat 1 & 2, N.O.V.A I, Asphalt 5 or 6 or any other older games.

However, for the latest graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3 or other new heavy-performing games, i don’t think this tablet will be capable to run these games smoothly in full graphics.

I’ve actually already seen the gaming performance of its sibling - Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+.

For the latest game like Asphalt 8: Airborne – even this game runs in full graphics -, sadly it runs so laggy and slow on this HD+ tablet, with many framedrops here and there in the gameplay.

But this Asphalt 8 game probably would run better and smoothly in full graphics on Barnes & Noble NOOK HD, given its low-resolution display.

But even so, if you’re looking for a more reliable tablet for playing games, especially the latest graphically demanding ones, then i strongly suggest you to pick up other tablets, like Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition), Kindle Fire 7 HDX, HP Slate 7 Extreme, HP Slate 7 Plus, LG G Pad 8.3 or other tablets.

These tablets probably will serve you better in gaming performance than Barnes & Noble NOOK HD.

If you want to know more about the gaming performance of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out our YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Both the 8GB and 16GB models of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD are packing the same 4050mAh power battery.

And given their similar hardware specs, like the same 1440x900 pixel display, the same TI OMAP 4470 processor, the same 1GB of RAM, the same PowerVR SGX 544 GPU and the other similar specs, then there should be not much difference in battery life of both models.

So for doing some basic daily tasks in combined screen on/off time, like reading books/magazines, watching movies, browsing the web, listening to music, checking out photos or playing games, this tablet probably could last in 10 hours.

However, if you’re type of power users and would like to use it for doing some serious heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all, then you can expect this tablet to last probably around 4 to 6 hours the longest, which is not too bad for a reading-dedicated tablet.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i personally think that Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is still a pretty good choice of a reading-dedicated tablet – even though there are still many other better choices in this tablet category.

But as a simple reader, there’s nothing wrong if you decide to buy this tablet.

It has a sharp looking display, good-grade quality specs under the hood, unique design and simple User Interface that you might love or otherwise, hate.

However, if you’re looking for the same tablet but with much higher hardware specs, then your choice might go to its sibling - Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ -, which has so much even better specs than this tablet. It has a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display, the same TI OMAP 4470 processor but with faster clock speed (1.5GHz), 1GB of RAM, the same PowerVR SGX544 GPU and other sectors that are slightly better than on Barnes & Noble NOOK HD.

And if you want a much much better choice than these 2, then you might want to think about getting Kindle Fire 7 HDX, Google Nexus 7 (2013), HP Slate 7 Extreme, HP Slate 8 Pro, LG G Pad 8.3 or iPad mini with Retina display. Besides having some higher quality specs, their gaming performance is just so much better than on the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD – no doubt about that.

Disclaimer: Hi guys, bear in mind that this is not some in-depth review. This is Read more...

No comments:

Leave comments if you want to share anything regarding this post

Related Posts
Recent Updates
Copyright © 2017 GameTabletz.com. All Rights Reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part or in any form or medium without written permission is prohibited!
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Tablet Reviews Disclaimer | Contact Us