The Nook Tablet in HD – Or Not?

If you’ve been following the war of the tablets – you know that the iPad will soon be joined by the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet.

Choices are good.

But in a world where the competition is tough, companies may be tempted to stretch the truth a bit in order to gain an edge.

Apparently Barnes and Noble is not above a little white lie here and there.

They advertise that their new Nook Color Tablet can play HD video – see the screenshot, should they choose to change their story.

But according to the sharp eye of David Pogue – it seems that given the specs of the device – it would be physically impossible to play HD video on this tablet.

You see, true HD is either 720p or 1080p. This means that the screen should sport either 1,280 by 720 pixels or 1,920 by 1,080 pixels respectively.

However the new Nook Tablet only has a screen resolution of 1,024 by 600 pixels.

Not cool.

I really don’t care if the picture is “clear enough” anyway. If I am going to enter into a long term relationship with a company (and that is what a Tablet purchase is – because you will be buying the device now, but lots of media in the future) then I need to be able to trust that company.

If BN had been upfront – my opinion of the Nook Tablet would have been favorable. But for now I think I’ll stick with Amazon or Apple.

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