Barnes and Noble Nook HD+  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released November, 2012

Barnes and Noble Nook HD+

  • 9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Barnes and Noble Nook HD+
7.2 Out of 10
Thanks to its high-resolution screen, text in books is crisp and clean whether in Google Books or the Nook’s own book app.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.5 Out of 10
The location one is pretty neat because we can visualize on a map where the photos were taken!
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of HD+ vs Air


Processing power and speed

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3D and 2D graphics

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AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nook HD+
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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Nook HD+
iPad Air

Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ 

TabletRocket recommends the Barnes and Noble Nook HD+  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nook HD+ vs iPad Air

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nook HD+
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Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Barnes and Noble Nook HD+

Reasons to consider the
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Supported card formats SD, SDHC vs None Supports supported card formats
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much sharper screen 256 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 95% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1280 vs 1024 x 768 Around 3.2x higher resolution
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Lighter 515 g vs 610 g More than 15% lighter
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
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Has a webcam 1.2 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Has a light sensor Yes vs No Somewhat common; Automatically adjust screen brightness for environmental factors
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Significantly thinner 8.6 mm vs 11.5 mm More than 25% thinner
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 9" Around 10% bigger screen
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Better performance per dollar 1.92 pt/$ vs 1.4 pt/$ More than 35% better performance per dollar

Reviews Word on the street

Nook HD+  vs iPad Air 

The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad Air

In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.
iPad Air


7.0 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nook HD+  vs
iPad Air 
Size 9" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1280 1024 x 768
PPI 256 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz


Has a GPS No Yes
Has a light sensor No Yes


Nook HD+  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 32 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam None 1.2 MP
Rear camera None 5 MP


Has a headphone jack Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 515 g 610 g
Size 162.8 x 240.3 x 11.5 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 11.5 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
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