Google Nexus 7 has set a new standard for budget tablets and its latest challenger is the Barnes & Noble Nook HD.

These tablets are similar in shape, size and spec so therefore deserve one of our comparison reviews. We'll look at the differences between them in separate categories.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

We haven't has the Nook HD in for review yet so this comparison is based on the paper specifications. Be sure to look out for a full review of the Nook HD soon.

Price

Barnes & Noble has priced the Nook HD competitively when you compare it to the Nexus 7. It has matched Google's price of £159 for an 8GB model.

However, the 16GB Nook HD is £10 cheaper than the equivalent Nexus 7 at £189.

Google Nexus 7 tablet

Dimensions

These tablets are well matched in size and weight, both being 7in devices. The Nook HD is wider but not as tall as the Nexus 7 at 127 x 194mm compared to 120 x 199mm; however it is thicker at 11mm against 10.5mm.

The Nook HD is the lighter of the two at 315g compared to 340g.

Screen

It's 7in of display on offer here with both using an in-plane switching (IPS) panel but the resolutions differ.

The Nexus 7 has a resolution of 800 x 1280 while the Nook HD uses a higher resolution of 1440 x 900. This means the Nook HD has more tightly packed pixels - density of 243ppi. The Nexus 7 has a pixel density of 216ppi.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD hands-on

Processor

Processing power is important and one of these tablet has more power than the other. Both chips have a clock speed of 1.3GHz but the Nexus 7's processor is quad-core (nVidia Tegra 3) while the Nook HD's is dual-core (OMAP 4470).

Storage

As we mentioned in the price section, both tablets come in 8GB and 16GB models. The big difference here is that the Nexus 7 has no option for expansion with a memory card. Barnes & Noble has decided to put a microSD card slot on the Nook HD which means you can add up to a further 64GB of storage.

Cameras

If a camera is important then the Google Nexus 7 is your only option. It has a front facing camera rated at 1.2Mp but the Nook HD has no cameras at all.

Connectivity

Connectivity on the Nook HD consists of Wi-Fib/g/n, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm audio jack. However, the Nexus 7 has all this plus micro USB GPS and a near-field communications (NFC) chip.

It's worth pointing out that the Nook HD uses a proprietary connector instead of micro USB.

Google Nexus 7 Android

Software

Google's Android is the operating system of choice for the Nexus 7 and the Nook HD but there are some big differences. The Nook HD runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but you wouldn't know from looking at it since it's heavily customised. The Nexus 7 tablet runs the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Beyond the interface, the issue here is content. Buying the Nexus 7 allows you to browse the abundant Play Store for apps, books and movies while the Nook HD offers you the less mature Nook Store. We've yet to try out the Nook Store so can't comment on its selection.

Battery

The Kindle Fire has a 15Wh rated battery compared to 16Wh on the Nexus 7. It seems logical that the Nexus 7 would provide a longer battery life then but both firms tout up to 10 hours of battery life.

OUR VERDICT

The Nook HD is a decent competitor for the Nexus 7 especially with its higher resolution screen and microSD card slot. The main issue is the customised version of Android and the potential lack of content.