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September 27, 2012

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ VS. Apple iPad VS. Kindle Fire HD

Barnes & Noble just unveiled its latest entry into the tablet wars, the Nook HD+, and it has a lot going for it: a big HD screen, an expanding ecosystem that now includes video and a price that can’t be beat. At least, not by its most obvious competitors, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and the Apple iPad.

Price is a big factor, obviously, but how does B+N’s new Nook stack up against its rivals, spec by spec? We took the rated specs that the company released and put them side by side with Apple and Amazon’s big-screen tablets in the table below.

If Barnes & Noble scrimped on any components in the new Nook to keep the price down, it doesn’t show up on the spec sheet — the lack of cameras notwithstanding. The Nook HD+’s battery life is rated slightly less than the iPad’s, but so far Amazon hasn’t revealed what the Kindle Fire HD’s is, the one hole in the comparison.

The Nook HD+ doesn’t have dual-band Wi-Fi like the Kindle Fire HD, but neither does the current iPad. And the new Nook is the only one of the three to offer expandable storage with a microSD card.

Read more: Amazon Kindle Fire HD VS. Google Nexus 7

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