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NOOK HD or Generic Tablet?

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Found 12th Dec 2013
Having a tired old damaged Sumvision Tablet, I've decided we need a replacement. But I am unsure (being frugal) on which course of action to take.

I like the look of the Nook HD 7" @ £79 from Blackwells or Sainsburys, but don't know whether there is a decent generic tablet out there that would do the same job? I appreciate no generic tablet is going to match the screen on the Nook.

Thinking more of general performance/spec.

Thanks

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We use kindle fire hd and find it great

Had first gen nexus 7 from release, well chuffed with it.

Get one of the better known makes of book reader they are far superior to no name brands.If you want a discount head over to isme and see if they are still giving a £30 discount to new accounts
Edited by: "arachnoid" 12th Dec 2013

arachnoid

Get one of the better known makes of book reader they are far superior to … Get one of the better known makes of book reader they are far superior to no name brands.If you want a discount head over to isme and see if they are still giving a £30 discount to new accounts



I think he is looking for a tablet, rather than a ebook reader.

Nexus 2012 still gets good reviews and would be worth looking at. The hudl gets good published reviews but some mixed reviews on here.

Original Poster

Thanks for the replies so far.

Yes I am more in the market for a tablet than a book reader. Is the HUDL spec much better? I guess the Nexus would be tres cher?

Hi, I have a Nook HD+ (Same as HD but bigger) It runs everything fine, but has a few limitations as stock. You can only download apps from the App store, and not from external sources. The OS is not great, but can download GO Launcher HD from play store which solves this. It can not play all apps from Play store either - ITV player and demand 5 being the only 2 that I have actually wanted. Also it does not have an HDMI slot, so can't link to a TV. It is a fantastic screen, and is quick. It plays all games i have tried without issue, and looks and feels a lot smoother than the Hudl which i also own.

Same applies to Tablets go for a known name brand with good reviews.The nexus 7 and 10 are both good devices and reviews for the HUDL seem to show satified customers so its more a case of how much you want to pay and what specs you want.

If you go for a Nook, it has a special charger / lead, which if damaged, you will not have a spare. They sell these for £10 each on the Barnes and Noble (Nook) UK website with free delivery. I bought a spare just in case, and would advise to do the same in case they go out of stock.

Original Poster

Hmm no HDMI out is a bit of a downer for me as is the specific charger. Bit less sure about the Nook now.

the HDMI out is a bit of a downer, charger no to bad, just a future possible worry really. I'd go 2012 Nexus 7 from CPW for £119 over the HUDL, unless you are using vouchers

Scrap that, just thought Nexus 7 doesn't have HDMI out either...

Erm it does its a mini hdmi out which requires an adaptor [99p on fleabay]

Edited by: "arachnoid" 12th Dec 2013

Original Poster

Ah, mini hdmi out is cool, have a cable already

I didn't think the 2012 Nexus had a mini HDMI out? I could well be wrong, as I don't own one or haven't used one, just always thought it didn't.

Original Poster

Well, I stopped dithering and just bought a Nook HD7 8gb from Blackwell @ £79.99. I intend to put CM 10.x on a 32gb card and lob it in.

Should be nice.

Thank you for the replies.

A grand choice! make sure you get the spare charger though. Also official cases are cheap on the B&N site, much better than a cheap amazon - ebay one
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