Looking for a bargain tablet? Barnes & Noble cut Nook HD and Nook HD+ prices

Nook HD TabletsBarnes & 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.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars