One of the best bargains presents itself in the Nook HD+, the nine-inch colour tablet the struggling bookseller introduced late last year to compete with Apple’s iPad and, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.
The Nook was disadvantaged by a lack of content beyond their own e-book offerings and by the absence of key apps. But the company has addressed some of those shortcomings while altering the device’s attractive price with special deals that make it worth a look.
The HD+ comes in two versions: one with 16 gigabytes of storage for $269, the other with 32 gigabytes for $299. Those are the same prices Amazon touts for the Kindle Fire HD, but with a couple of significant differences. In order to get that price on the Kindle, you would have to be willing to accept ads, that’s $15 extra for commercial-free versions.
The Nook also includes a wall charger and includes a slot for a microSD card to expand its storage capacity up to 96 gigabytes. The Kindle isn’t expandable, therefore Amazon expects you to store a lot of content online using its Cloud services, and Amazon just gives you a USB cable not a charger.
A $50 credit toward content purchases made within 30 days comes for free, lowering its effective price to $219. That’s only a few dollars more than the no-ads version of the seven-inch Kindle Fire HD, which has a 40 percent smaller screen.
The credit is available only on Nooks purchased at one of Barnes & Noble’s 670 or so stores, or online at Nook.com. It does not cover devices purchased through retail partners.
The Nook weighs about 18 ounces, about two ounces lighter than the Kindle Fire HD, and its battery should get through a day of normal use.
It has a resolution of 1920 by 1280 pixels and can display video in full high-definition. Not only is it better than the Kindle, its 256 pixels-per-inch density nearly matches that of the iPad’s Retina display.
Its only missing feature is a camera. So investors can forget about using its Skype service.
The Nook runs a version of Google’s Android operating system. Though the Nook does not have access to the 700,000 or so apps in the Google Play store, there is a limit to apps that have been customized specifically for Barnes & Noble.
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