When Barnes & Noble launched the Nook HD+ in late 2012 it was a very different device from the one you can buy today. Sure, the hardware is the same, but the HD+ is no longer an enhanced ebook reader with a high price ($270) and a limited supply of apps (no Google Play).
As a result, the many positive reviews garnered by the HD+ last Fall don't actually reflect what a customer would be getting today. This 9" tablet is selling for $149. It has the best screen found on any device with a similar price tag, but how well does it work?
P.S. In case you are wondering, I do not plan to review the 7" Nook HD. While it might have an amazing screen I don't think that tablet is worth buying. There are other tablets that come with similar performance at a lower price. They also have full Android and not the locked down version of Android found on B&N's hardware, which I think outweighs the Nook HD's high resolution screen.
P.P.S. My thanks go out to Juli and Chris of Teleread for providing feedback on this review.