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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ Tablet Review

It might work in a pinch for an uncomplicated tablet, but the Nook HD+ falls flat.

December 11, 2012
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Video Controls

If you load some MP4 video files, you'll see that the control scheme is very much similar to that of most Android tablets. There's a scrub bar, volume slider, and play/pause icon that appears with a touch on the screen, and disappears after a second or so of inactivity so you can watch your movie without getting pestered by an overlay.

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Video Management

If you're going to put video files on your Barnes & Noble Nook HD+, you're probably going to want to dump them in the "movies" folder on your Nook HD+ after hooking it into the computer to avoid confusing the tablet when you're looking for them in your library. At any rate, the file management system is straightforward if you have a PC, but if you have a Mac, you'll need to use the Android File Transfer utility.

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Video Formats

For those of you hoping to use the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ as a platform to watch your totally legally acquired video files, you may be out of luck, as the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ only supports MP4, 3GP, and WEBM file formats. That's it. Beyond those formats, there is nothing you can do to add file support without a hacky fix, as the app market for the Nook devices is not only anemic, but far from where it needs to be in order to add codecs or alternate video players.

Internet Video

Much like the streaming audio, the streaming video is also lacking in options. Despite the obvious lack of flash support killing any possibility of using the Amazon video service in app form or the browser, Netflix has an app that works well enough, and should satisfy those who don't care for other streaming services like YouTube.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Conclusion
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