Barnes & Noble launched its Nook tablet range in the UK late last year, ready for the Christmas rush, and hoped to challenge the all-powerful Amazon Kindle Fire in the budget Android tablet market. Judging by this second price cut since then, B&N may not have found the success for which it hoped.
However, it’s good news for bargain hunters, as the latest reduction in the Nook HD and Nook HD+’s price has made them very appealing. If you wanted a Nook HD on release, you would have needed £160 in your pocket, but now, just £100 will do. We’re often looking for a sub-£100 tablet of decent quality, and here it is. The Nook HD+ is slightly more expensive at £150, but seeing as it was £230 on release, the discount is considerable.
So what do you get for your money? The Nook HD has a 7-inch screen with a 1440 x 900 pixel resolution, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, and the cheapest model comes with 8GB of internal memory. Spend another £30, and you’ll get 16GB. The Nook HD+ has a 9-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel screen and a 1.5GHz processor. It comes with 16GB of memory, while the 32GB version costs £180.
We like the Nook tablets as they both support Google Play, instead of the Kindle Fire tablets being restricted to Amazon’s app store, plus you can sideload .ePub files, giving you a choice of where to purchase eBooks online. While neither runs stock Android, like the Nexus 7 (it’s a custom version designed by B&N), the basic Nook HD is £60 cheaper than Google’s tablet. That’s hard to ignore.
You can buy a Nook through Barnes & Noble’s own UK website, where the offer is listed as finishing on July 31, so don’t hang around too long if you want one.