Just a few days removed from opening up its Nook HD and Nook HD+ to the hundreds of thousands of apps found in the Google Play store, Barnes & Noble has announced that it is temporarily slashing the prices of the two Android tablets in its U.S. retail locations and on Nook’s website.
From now until Mother’s Day, May 12, B&N is only charging $149 for the 7-inch Nook HD’s 8 GB model and $179 for its 16 GB model. Those are both down $50 from their usual prices of $199 and $229, respectively. Both of the 9-inch Nook HD+ models, meanwhile, have been cut by $90 – the 16 GB version has gone from $269 to $179, while the 32 GB version has dropped from $299 to $209.
Those price points put the two slates below their most notable competitors for the time being. Both the Google Nexus 7 – which is TechnologyGuide’s preferred 7-inch tablet – and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD currently start at $199 for a 16 GB model, while the Apple iPad mini starts at $329 for the same amount of space. In the 9-inch arena, the Nook HD+ and its 1080p display are now priced well below the $499 entry point for a 16 GB iPad 4 and the $269 it takes to get a hold of the 16 GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
Both the Nook HD and Nook HD+ feature tinny speakers, no camera, sometimes jittery performance and Barnes & Noble’s heavy Android skin, so they won’t be for everyone by default. But with the addition of the Google Play store adding some much-needed app variety — not to mention the two slates’ already-excellent HD displays and general construction – the newly-priced Nook HD and Nook HD+ look like great bargains for the next few days.
Update: Not to be outdone, Amazon looks to be taking up Barnes & Noble\’s Mother Day discount challenge by temporarily slashing the prices of its 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. Those looking to save some cash when buying the e-commerce giant\’s flagship tablet can enter the \”FIRE4MOM\” code at checkout until May 12 and get $20 off for their troubles. The deal drops the 16 GB Kindle Fire HD from $199 to $179, matching it with the 16 GB Nook HD, and cuts the 32 GB version from $229 to $209.