In May, Barnes & Noble rolled out a software update that allows Nook HD and HD+ users to use Google’s standard Android apps and buy new software and content from the Google Play store, opening the door to over 700,000 apps. This turned a great piece of hardware that had been needlessly hobbled into a potential iPad killer.
But now B&N have decided to get out of the tablet market and are selling off their inventory at prices that are ridiculously cheap even for cheap tablets. The 7-inch Nook HD, previously $199, is now just $129; the 9-inch Nook HD+ has plummeted from $269 to $149.
These are great tablets that, according to CNET, beat out the Kindle Fire tablet even before the price drop. Now, at almost 1/3rd the cost of the similarly sized iPad mini, it’s practically giving them away.
Let’s look at the main points:
- Higher resolution screen than both the iPad mini and the Kindle Fire – by a considerable margin
- Access to over 700,000 apps in the Google Play store (the Kindle accesses the store but limits the choice)
- The only tablet with an expansion slot, allowing you to expand the memory by up to 32gb for just a few dollars
- Excellent hardware at knock off prices
- The option to install the latest version of Android by simply plugging in a micro SD card (such as one from N2Acards) without invalidating your warranty
Unless you like being locked into the Apple walled garden, or are an Amazon Prime member, then I can’t see any reason not to head over to the B&N store and pick up one of these things.