Nook HD - A High-Definition Tablet With The Heart Of A Reader (Part 3)

5/21/2013 6:28:22 PM


Barnes & Noble provides a relatively easy-to use browser – this is what you may find in such a basic tablet like this. At the top, you have different tabs that can be added by clicking on the + sign. Below this, you will see the navigation bar and buttons, and 1 bookmarks symbol which brings you a browser thumbnails on a plain background. Along the bottom, there are icons for sharing (via email and Evernote), searching and ActiveView, which tie with the reading focus of the device by offering stories on the website in a magazine-like format. A new bookmark for the current page can be created by clicking on the top right corner and it will help you accessing to deeper reading settings.

Barnes & Noble provides a relatively easy-to use browser

Barnes & Noble provides a relatively easy-to use browser


Reading is still the main purpose of the Nook series, at some level, like the previous Nook Color, the HD can be considered as the reader with some additional tricks. After all, it is obvious that the company designed the form factor around the reading experience. Based on that, in press materials for the company, reading is usually mentioned before any of other things like movies and apps, regardless of the more high-definition screen. There are not many things that have been changed in the prose-reading. You have a page which is mainly dominated by text, except for the title at the top and your progress at the bottom. You can also turn pages by a standard swipe, although by teasing with settings, you might find out a curl animation that imitates the real page of the book.

Nook HD’s reading animation

Nook HD’s reading animation

Clicking at the progress at the bottom, you will have a slider which allows flipping through the book. You can also see the information of the book (cover, evaluation, introduction), searching for key words and sentences, sharing as well as format adjustments – which offers 8 different text sizes, 6 different font sizes and 6 page colors, along with many other things.

More visual text is where Nook HD really has the competitive advantage. Magazine like Details really looks impressive on the HD’s screen. While Nook HD+ provides better form factor for such kind of reading, you can quickly get familiar with the text. In order to have a more easy-to-understand experience, Barnes & Noble is offering ArticleView which is just the same as what you get on the browser. The images will disappear whenever you click on it, and then a similar layout as the printer-friendly format is provided by many news websites.

Tap at the bottom of the screen, you will get a carousel of newspaper pages. Below this are links to grid-shape layout which offers the book entirely and is displayed like thumbnails on one single page. The content can also be displayed via a more traditional TOC. The excellent transmission animations make the whole experience perfectly interesting, creating a smooth stream of reading experience. For incomplete feeling that you might have when navigating to UI, it is clear that B&N invested a fortune in improving magazine reading this time.

The comics also turn out to be so interesting to read on Nook HD. The colors are really lively and the act of activating ZoomView Letterboxing support the panel by panel reading, which is really an ideal solution for enjoying the continuous images on tablet. Just like in the magazine, you can also see a carousel at the bottom of the page, together with text and images of the content.

Special feature for children’s book reading

Special feature for children’s book reading

Barnes and Noble also added some shopping categories into the customized reading list. The options look really alike that of the magazine, what is different is that they are free as the only role that it plays is to sell the products to you. Pictures are accompanied by hotspots which link you to the product pages where you can purchase for that product whenever you click on them. They absolutely looks wonderful, but in the world where catalogs are considered as trash for most of the users, it is so hard to imagine the feature which serves as the main selling channel for many of the users.

Meanwhile, children’s books have always been the secret weapons of Barnes & Noble’s products. The company has tightly cooperated with the producers to provide a really considerable experience to exploit the potential of devices’ multimedia, by adding the audio effects, animations and music. Opening the books will give you three different experiences: Read By Myself, not offering the narration, Read and Play, providing the built-in narration and Read and Record, allowing parents to record their narrations for the children.

Like other texts, there is always a carousel at the bottom of the screen. All of these things, together with the affordable cost, durable design, a small form factor and user profiles create an eloquent argument for Nook HD in proving its role of a strongly desired device of families. All of the process is very simple, and once the profile has been created, it is synched with other Nook devices with the same account.

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