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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 retrospooty on 5/6/2013 8:17:48 AM , Rating: 2
"All the OS and rooting talk means little unless you enjoy fiddling for the sake of fiddling. Apps give utility, not being able to run a poorly supported and choppy operating system off of an SD card."

You are an idiot. This is something I enjoy doing, there is no need to do it. I do it because I like to, and the ability to run it off the SD card is just a plus. You forget, this isnt your gandma's tech site, this is an actual tech site where people that do abnormal things to thier tech hang out (LOL, shutup). To you, every Android device ever made is a poorly supported choppy OS, and it shows your total cluelessness on the subject, so I will just pass on your ignorance about it.

"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."

Umm... Every single tablet ever made is a toy, as is most of Apple's entire lineup. This is a great priced toy, as opposed to an iPad, a toy that costs almost 3x as much and does 99% the same things for most users (browse web, check email, faccebook, + sharp res). Sure the iPad is better overall, on the same scale the $499 should probably be priced at $299 and the $329 mini should be $149.

RE: Price Correction
By BRB29 on 5/6/2013 9:02:47 AM , Rating: 2
$149 would be a great price for an ipad mini but that's probably undercutting quite a bit.

RE: Price Correction
By retrospooty on 5/6/2013 9:52:57 AM , Rating: 2
If you are comparing what it does, performance, specs and features, the iPad mini should be even cheaper than $149. I was being generous. 1024x768 @ $329 is a laugher.

RE: Price Correction
By Mint on 5/6/2013 12:08:14 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad mini is about size and form factor, not specs.

AFAIK, it has the most viewing area per ounce of any mobile device by quite some margin (2.7 in2/oz vs 1.8 in2/oz for the Nexus 7), and on top of that battery life is respectable.

From that point of view, I can understand the price premium. Until somebody else gets close, it's pretty justifiable.

Personally I don't see a value in any tablet. My Note II serves all my more-mobile-than-a-laptop computing needs.

RE: Price Correction
By Brandon Hill on 5/6/2013 12:16:56 PM , Rating: 3
Viewing area per ounce? LOL, that's a new one!

RE: Price Correction
By testerguy on 5/6/2013 1:37:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well the normal one is simply - the iPad Mini is lighter than any other comparable tablets.

It is thinner, lighter, has a faster GPU (than the Nexus 7, for example), has a camera (unlike the Nexus 7), has the longest battery life of pretty much any tablet, widely praised screen (in terms of colours and accuracy), extremely smooth OS which is optimised for it, and the apps are just not at all comparable with anything Android has to offer.

That's before we mention reliability and resale value. Even ardent Android fanboy's admit that in the tablet space Android hasn't stepped up to the plate yet.

The minute the extreme fanboys (retro) try to defend this product based on rooting on SD card? Game over. For anyone with any kind of successful life, that is just wayyy too much time to waste on something which should require zero setup. It's not a feature, it's a chore. Which is why these things aren't selling.

RE: Price Correction
By retrospooty on 5/6/2013 2:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
Meh... That is a matter of personal choice. I like to do stuff like that so I do. If you bother to read, either the article or the thread you are replying to you would see its not needed. The Nook OS runs play store and any launcher so basically its like a Kindle Fire without the walled garden. Again, like I said, its not a high end tablet. I think its a fair and accurate description to say the Nook HD+ has a mid-range CPU with a high end screen for a low end price. Good combo if you ask me, that's why I bought 2. If you think the iPad mini is a better deal then by all means, YOU go buy one and enjoy it.

RE: Price Correction
By ShaolinSoccer on 5/8/2013 3:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
This is a "tech site" for people who don't mind putting other ROMS on an SD card. And as far as I know, you don't need to root your device to do it so you won't have to worry about ruining your warranty. The fact that you CAN do this on this device makes it MUCH better. It gives people more freedom to do whatever they want. You need to argue your point on your grandma's websites.

RE: Price Correction
By retrospooty on 5/6/2013 12:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
I agree... partly. Its a great size and form factor, but 1024x768 is extremely low end by todays standards. Even bargain bin $149 Androids with smaller screens have 1280x800. That's just me though. I look at what you get and see the mini as a total ripoff... With that said, if they beef up the res it is one of the best small tablets out there. An iPad mini with higher res would be the one Apple product I might actually buy... Of course its not out and, by the time it is released there will probably be better things available for less $ on the other side. Some great Windows tablets in that size range are coming too.

RE: Price Correction
By BRB29 on 5/6/2013 1:04:12 PM , Rating: 2
retro, I am having a hard finding a decently built tablet for $149 that is comparable to the Ipad mini. The screen is where it shines even with its low resolution. The feel and operation of it is better. The bezel is also tiny thus giving it 7.9" display in a package about the same as any other 7" tablet. Specs alone doesn't make a good product. If that was the case, then BMW wouldn't be anything special.

RE: Price Correction
By TakinYourPoints on 5/7/2013 1:29:55 AM , Rating: 2
The iPad Mini's res does suck though. Once it gets the same res as the standard iPad then it will be worth its cost.

You are getting access to a real software library and a smooth UI, which is a plus, but the lack of a retina display is a big hit for me.

Again, once it gets a proper res then it'll be cool, its just a matter of SoCs getting efficient enough. The weight of the current 10" iPad is my biggest problem with it, and strapping a huge battery to a mini because of current gen GPUs capable of running that display would suck even more.

RE: Price Correction
By BRB29 on 5/6/2013 12:57:34 PM , Rating: 2
You can argue that the ipad mini has the hardware of something worth $149 then I would agree. However, the overall package of the ipad mini is much better than anything at that price. Realistically I think it should be 200-229.
At $329, the $199 Nexus 7 and Nook HD+ is a clear winner.

RE: Price Correction
By TakinYourPoints on 5/7/2013 1:28:31 AM , Rating: 2
This is something I enjoy doing, there is no need to do it. I do it because I like to, and the ability to run it off the SD card is just a plus.

I understand, but framing it as a great reason to have one is a bit shortsighted.

Back in the day I wrote custom config sys and batch files to run DOS games better. Same with keeping tabs on interrupt conflicts with the sound card and such (IRQ 7!!!).

I did that stuff because I wanted to play games, not because I enjoyed doing that stuff. It was a means to and end. I'm sure there was someone like you who actually got off on doing that stuff. In the end I just wanted to use my hardware and software. Same with things like letting services like Steam manage my software rather than manually patching them and backing up my saved games myself.

I do enjoy assembling new gaming PCs every couple years, but that's the extend of how much I enjoy pointless fiddling these days.

If you enjoy it, that's cool. If I come in and say that a $200 tablet is an excellent deal, despite certain caveats (slow hardware and less software), hearing "you can run Android off of an SD card" isn't a plus for me. Replacing one choppy poorly supported tablet OS with another running off of a slow SD card (even choppier!) isn't a plus in my book.

I do understand that it is fun from a hobby perspective, so I'll give you that. I dunno, I've fiddled enough with secondary partitions running Linux desktops and eventually gone back to Windows every time to get that fiddling out of my system. All I care about is fast performance and having the best software, whether it is with my PCs or my tablets.

RE: Price Correction
By retrospooty on 5/7/2013 9:37:47 AM , Rating: 2
"I understand, but framing it as a great reason to have one is a bit shortsighted"

Seriously? If you are going to reply, at least read what you are replying to... I didn't frame it a s a great reason to buy one... It was an "in addition to - IF" statement. I said " If you are feeling like an easy change, you can even run Cyanogenmod 10 directly off the SD card without rooting or modding the Nook itself one bit" Meaning, If you are into that its a great tablet to work with because it can run off the SD car without rooting. Sort of an easy modders device. Remove the SD card and boot back to stock and sell it or give it to grandma.

RE: Price Correction
By TakinYourPoints on 5/9/2013 6:24:36 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough and totally understood. Like I always say, there are tradeoffs with everything. If this is a positive tradeoff then that's totally cool.

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