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New Nooks from Barnes & Noble

26 September 2012

From Shelf Awareness:

B&N is launching two high-definition color tablets: the 7″ Nook HD and 9″ Nook HD Plus, priced at $199 and $269, respectively. In the U.S., the devices are for sale online now and will be in stores in early November. In the U.K., the devices will be available to order in late October and will appear in stores in late November.

The Nook HD Plus is B&N’s first nine-inch tablet and is significantly less expensive than the iPad, which starts at $499. “We think there’s a space in the market below the iPad for a larger-format tablet that’s half the price,” B&N CEO William J. Lynch told the New York Times.

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Among other features, the company said the Nook HD has “the world’s highest resolution ever.” The tablets are also relatively light and are geared, in particular, toward book reading and families, the company said. Also, unlike the Kindle, they have “no annoying ads,” B&N noted.

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Because “the average American woman’s hand is 172 millimeters,” B&N designed the Nook HD “so that the average woman can easily hold it in one hand. This means the Nook HD is longer and skinnier than the Kindle Fire (both have the same size of screen but the Kindle Fire has a wider bezel).”

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4 Comments to “New Nooks from Barnes & Noble”

  1. “Because “the average American woman’s hand is 172 millimeters,” B&N designed the Nook HD “so that the average woman can easily hold it in one hand.”

    SOMEBODY GETS IT!

    (And it’s Barnes & Noble???)

  2. It *looks* like they do get it.
    But…
    Their tablets are pretty much the same size as everybody else’s (at 7in) and the same size as Amazon’s (at 9in).
    So, alas, it’s more of a marketting coup than a design coup. :)

    For example, the Nook HD in 5in wide. The Google Nexus 7 is 4.7in and the Galaxy Tab is 4.8in wide. All three are the same thickness–0.4in–and range from 7.6in (Samsung) to 7.7 (Nook) to 7.8 in (google) tall.

  3. I don’t think it’s the width of the device that makes it easier to hold – I think it’s the bevel. Most tablets have the entire surface covered in glass, while the Nook tablets have a beveled edge that women can easily hold onto. I have a tablet with glass all the way across it, and despite the fact it has a black edge, I find myself trying to hold it in such a way that my fingers don’t touch the glass. And I’ll admit it’s just a little uncomfortable for my hands.

    I can’t get either the Fire or the Nook here in Canada (not without jumping through hoops and then jumping through some more to get content for the devices), so I’ll probably be upgrading my Kobo Vox tablet (hey, it’s all we have up here!) to the Kobo Arc. And the main reason I’m doing so (aside from the more powerful specs) is because the Arc, like the Nook tablets, has a non-glass bevel.

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