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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 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.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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