Nook HD+ Gets Big Price Drop ($179/$199) to Go Along with Google Play Store Support
May 5, 2013 3:22 PM
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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
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.
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RE: Price Correction
5/7/2013 1:37:16 AM
I can't speak to things right at this moment. I know that through February there was still a more than 24 hour wait to buy one through their website. If they've caught up with demand then that's clearly a reason for inventory to start accumulating.
In any case, their price probably isn't changing. I imagine that the $320 price is to make room for the inevitable move to retina displays. Launching the mini at $250 and then increasing the price to $320 when the BOM skyrockets thanks to a much higher res display and faster SoC would piss customers off way more.
RE: Price Correction
5/7/2013 2:14:10 PM
How could there be a 24 hour wait to buy an ipad mini through february. It's either available or not available. How could you have a 24 hour wait through a whole month? it would be a month wait then lol
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