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 1:58:07 AM
With the iPads its a mixed thing.
The 10" specs are fast and good but it comes at the expense of weight and thickness. The best version from an ergonomic standpoint has been the iPad 2, but in order to drive the GPU for the retina display it requires strapping a monster battery into it. It isn't as comfortable to hold. I actually wouldn't mind that the next iPad maintain previous gen performance (it still blows everything else away) while reducing size and weight with more efficient parts.
The Mini has the opposite problem, perfect feel in the hand but running a retina display right now would ruin it. Tech is in a place where the next version or the one after will have a much better balance between ergonomics and resolution/performance.
Right now either have to be compromised, and the Kindle e-reader is still the best feeling tablet. :)
As for utility, iOS still has the best tablet optimized library by a wide margin. Not upscaled phone apps, but actual high-end tablet applications. The difference in libraries is a moat that is at least as big as the difference between Windows and Linux for me, and it comes down to developers still making more money on iOS. If you're happy with more basic stuff then obviously this doesn't matter.
More money = more support, same thing that happens on consoles.
You're correct regarding resale value. Anything Apple I've owned, whether it is phones, laptops, or tablets, have held their resale value insanely well. I wish I could sell off my old PCs for as much.
"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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