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Nook HD+ now priced at $179.99 and $199.99 respectively for 16GB and 32GB models

Barnes and Noble introduced the Nook HD+ last year in an effort to thwart the momentum that Amazon was gaining in the relatively low cost tablet arena with the Kindle Fire HD.
 
The Nook HD+ is backed by relatively stout hardware, bringing with it a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and a 9" 1920x1280 display. The tablet is available in 16GB and 32GB models, and if that isn't enough storage space, a microSD slot is also included for digital media packrats.
 
But for all of its pluses, the Nook HD+ has been hamstrung by its reliance on its own “walled garden” to supply a woefully inadequate subset of popular apps. When it comes to app selection, Barnes and Noble simply couldn't compete with the vast app catalogs offered by the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, or even Amazon's App Store.
 
Barnes and Noble is now trying to fix its app handicap by announcing full support for the Google Play Store through an automatic over-the-air update. That means that Nook HD and Nook HD+ customers will now have access to over 700,000 Android apps/games.
 
“By adding Google Play to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, we are offering our customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble.

In addition, the Nook HD+ can now access other Google Services including GMail, YouTube, Google Maps, and the Chrome web browser.

 
 
Now, many people might say that this is too little too late for Barnes and Noble in the tablet game. And we'd normally be inclined to agree with that statement. However, Barnes and Noble has another trick up its sleeve in the form of reduced pricing.
 
Today, the company dropped the price of the Nook HD+ just in time for Mother's Day. Whereas the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Nook HD+ were priced at $269 and $299 respectively, retailers like Best Buy and Target are now selling those same tablets for $179.99 and $199.99 respectively through May 12.
 
This is definitely a step in the right direction for Barnes and Noble on both fronts, and a $200 tablet with 32GB, microSD expansion, a 1920x1280 display and access to the Google Play Store might be hard for many people to ignore.

Sources: Barnes and Noble [1], [2]



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RE: Price Correction
By Samus on 5/6/2013 3:18:41 AM , Rating: 2
I love how people are talking about this thing like its slow when the only faster tablets are the iPad 4 and something Tegra 3-based. That isn't very many tablets, especially for <$200.


RE: Price Correction
By retrospooty on 5/6/2013 8:24:09 AM , Rating: 2
It's not slow. It's still a 1.5 ghz dual core. Not the best of course, but it runs well. TYP will just do anything he can to try and passively aggressively promote his fruit based reason for waking in the morning.

If you are doing something unique that requires a particularly fast tablet, this isnt the one to get. If you just want a good priced tablet with great res and your basic web, email, social media, etc functionality, its a perfect fit.


RE: Price Correction
By TakinYourPoints on 5/7/2013 1:15:15 AM , Rating: 1
It's a 1.5Ghz dual core OMAP 4470.

It is slow. Really slow.

I thought we were well past the point of knowing that clockspeed isn't the main factor when it comes to performance. This is why you can have a 1ghz A6 run circles around a Tegra 3 at 1.6ghz.

Did you believe that the Pentium 4 was faster than a lower clocked Athlon 64? Do you believe that a higher clocked 8-core Bulldozer is faster than a lower clocked i7 Ivy Bridge?

Otherwise, I don't see why you're taking so much offense to my post. I literally said it was EXCELLENT for the price. You're giving up performance and applications but if you aren't doing much with it then it can't be beat for $200, plus it is is 16:10 instead of 16:9.

Again, you're really taking offense at me calling it an "excellent" low end tablet.

Wow.


RE: Price Correction
By TakinYourPoints on 5/7/2013 2:01:20 AM , Rating: 2
I mean, I spent more time talking about the downsides of the iPad (10" is too bulky/heavy and 8" needs a retina display) while I called the Nook tablet "excellent" at $200. Obviously I'm a hater. :p


RE: Price Correction
By retrospooty on 5/7/2013 9:01:22 AM , Rating: 2
I totally agree about the size, although I have to say I have never seen you talk any downside of any Apple product other than lack of multi user support and mini, waiting for retina. We have had great and long debates over the past year and I have seen you do anything but crap all over Android and praise everything Apple.

I do think the mini is a perfect size. The 9 inch Nook is just a tad too big and the 7 inch Nexus a tad too small. If they get that retina mini out this year I just might buy it, (no booshee).


RE: Price Correction
By TakinYourPoints on 5/9/2013 6:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, you gloss over negative things I say about them. I have a pretty balanced view when it comes to these things and am pretty quick about pointing out where they fall short.

It isn't that Apple products are so amazing, its more that so much Android hardware (I've made many exceptions for HTC) and software just isn't that great. Fortunately most of it is priced accordingly (cheap).

I've complained lots over the increased size and weight of the iPad 3 and 4. Its performance and display are great but they strapped a massive battery to make it possible. It isn't as comfortable to hold over long periods like the iPad 2 was, and that was already borderline "too big/heavy".

Ideally their next step is to ease off on increasing performance and getting the iPad's size/weight to a reasonable level.

It would be great if it was something that felt much closer to the small Kindle e-reader, but that might be a physical impossibility.


RE: Price Correction
By retrospooty on 5/7/2013 8:57:12 AM , Rating: 2
Chill out man... I was replying to Samus. When I said dont let you sway him, I was referring to this -(your usual soapbox rant) "Apps give utility, not being able to run a poorly supported and choppy operating system off of an SD card. An OS with nothing in the way of optimized applications is a toy. Upscaled phone apps being the majority of a tablet library is weak." I am fairly sure your only experience with todays Androids is picking up demo models in a store that have been handled by a dozen idiots at the store and countless customers that have done god knows what to it. Not a good basis for analysis.

I think we agree its a great deal. I said before its a mid range CPU, with a great screen and a low end price tag. If it has a weekness its that pushing all those pixels is a bit tough for it. I loaded CM10 on my wifes old touchpad and gave it to my daughter. It has a 1.2ghz dual OMAP and runs smooth. This 1.5ghz dual OMAP isnt going to win any speed prizes, but again, most people just browse the web, check their email and facebook. For me, remove facebook and add remote desktop into servers at work. It serves that purpose well and is cheap enough that I can overlook its lacks. I got a 2nd one for myself to use because of the screen. Its a great "tide me over" unit until later this year. Then I buy myself another and give this to someone.


RE: Price Correction
By ShaolinSoccer on 5/8/2013 2:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
What do you mean by "really slow"? It doesn't look that slow to me after watching this vid and other videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhzk2U3_A74


RE: Price Correction
By TakinYourPoints on 5/9/2013 6:22:20 PM , Rating: 2
Its UI and web browser scrolling are noticeably laggy/choppy compared to other tablets like the Nexus 7. Of course, you're now getting a larger screen for the same price, so the downgrade from a Tegra 3 to a TI OMAP can be worth it (I think it is, esp with a 16:10 screen and Play access)


RE: Price Correction
By retrospooty on 5/10/2013 1:15:31 PM , Rating: 2
After using for a while on an older build of CM10 (from January) I can report this... The UI runs great, as do pretty much all apps I have tried, but browser is noticeably slow. It scrolls mmmmm "OK" once fully loaded, not at smooth as an iPad or Nexus 7, or any other high end phone, but good enough for the price... The weakpoint is page loads. It really takes a while to load a picture heavy pages. If a page takes 1 second to fully load on my S3 and N7, it takes about 3 to load on the Nook HD+. Page loads are slow on the default OS as well. Not great by any means. 3 seconds doesnt sound like alot, but it is noticeable when you are used to things running faster. Running cpu monitoring while doing this, it doesnt appear to be CPU bound. Not sure why its slow in that one area, but it definitely is on both OS's.

To anyone considering buying it, I would say its still a great deal, but if you browse alot and super fast page loads are important to you, this is not the tablet for you... It will work for me for now until either the next N7 comes, or possibly iPad mini/retina.


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