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Initial post: Mar 2, 2013 2:28:27 PM PST
GameGurl says:
Now until March 12, Barnes and Noble have a promotion going on for the Nook HD. If you buy one, they give you $50 to spend on whatever. I was going to get the Kindle Fire HD, till i saw this. Anyone know if this is a good deal or not and is the Nook better than the Fire?

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 2:44:31 PM PST
M. Conner says:
Given that Barnes and Noble is in financial trouble, the Nook may end up as an orphaned product soon. I would suggest looking carefully at how useful a Nook is if Barnes and Noble is no longer supplying content for it. Such as, if you buy content from them for it, what happens to that content if you're no longer able to buy a new Nook to replace this one?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 2:46:13 PM PST
GameGurl says:
I haven't heard about their financial trouble. Wouldn't offering $50 for free put them in more debt?

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 2:54:15 PM PST
FlamingoNut says:
I was looking at the new Kindle Fire in Office Depot and a woman came over to check it out too. I'm a 1st gen Kindle Fire owner & she is a Nook owner. She said the one thing she regrets about her choice is that the Amazon offers more books than B&N offers for the Nook. I haven't a clue as to how true that is or not, just passing that tidbit along.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 2:59:15 PM PST
GameGurl says:
Thank you any information will help with my decision. Do you enjoy your first Kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 3:03:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 2, 2013 6:31:17 PM PST
I bought the Nook HD+ around end of last year, only to return it after one week. It is gorgeous to look at, but it doesn't allow me to do what I want with it. I cannot play my own video files from memory card, cannot download my apps from Amazon Appstore and Google PLAY, and so on. It is sort of like dating a super model but you're not allowed to mess up her hair. Not that I know how that feels like, by the way.

The price of Nook HD is certainly attractive, especially if you compare the 32GB version of Nook HD+ to Kindle HD+

Nook HD+ with 32GB: $299 - 50 = $249
Kindle HD+ with 32GB: $369 + $10 (charger) + $15 (to remove ads) = $394
So the Nook is $145 cheaper.

In terms of electrical specs, both tablets are equally impressive. The problem is that both are closed systems. That is, the Nook forces you to stay with B&N App Store only, while the Kindle forces you to stay with Amazon App Store only. Neither one allows you to use Google PLAY - unless you're willing to hack your system.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 3:11:05 PM PST
GameGurl says:
The Kindle Fire HD 32 Gb is $249 I thought?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 3:14:49 PM PST
Sorry, I was referring to the Kindle HD 8.9" 32GB version in my example.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 3:16:49 PM PST
GameGurl says:
Oh ok sorry I missed that. If I buy it I'll be getting the 7 inch. I'm not paying $15 to remove ads that's just crazy. I wonder who came up with that idea?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 3:35:52 PM PST
Just to clarify, the "$50 special offer" only applies to Nook HD+ (8.9") models. It is in the form of $50 credit to your account upon device registeration. You have to use it to purchase digital contents from B&N within 30 days. So it is not the same as "$50 cash back".

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 3:48:45 PM PST
GameGurl says:
Yes i know. It would be nice if Amazon priced matched that and offered a $50 credit to buy whatever apps you want. Or even use the credit to opt out of their ads lol

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 4:36:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 2, 2013 4:37:21 PM PST
GameGurl says:
I emailed them and asked if they would price match the Nook HD promotion. This is what they said:

While we're planning a variety of special discounts and other promotional offers, I'm unable to share these details. I encourage you to check back in the next few weeks. Any special offers will be advertised throughout our website.

I dont know if that means they are planning on matching it in the next coming weeks or what. Now i dont know if i should hold off buying the Kindle Fire or wait for this secret "promotion".

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 5:03:00 PM PST
scoutyjones says:
The nook can have its operating system easily converted to an Android tablet with an N2A card, purchaseable here on Amazon. I have a Nook and did this to make it a nice Android tablet. Until that point, it was to limiting when kept tethered to B&N. If you get a Nook HD, see about the N2A card. It is inserted into the micro sd slot and when it reboots, it is a true android tablet. Whats great, is that you haven't done any operating system change to the Nook and thus, the warranty is still good. To revert back to the Nook operating system, just remove the N2A card abd reboot!

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 5:03:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 2, 2013 5:06:39 PM PST
The Nook reads ePUB and pdf formats so any library ebook can be displayed on the device. The Nook has a slot for up to a 32GB micro SD card to hold content from sources other than books published by Barnes and Noble. Or, for $20 for an N2A card, format a 32GB card with a full-featured Android operating system plus extra storage.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 5:11:07 PM PST
GameGurl says:
Thanx for the info. Now i'm leaning towards the Nook HD.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 5:11:25 PM PST
I was going to get a nook at first but when checking out the nook vs. kindle (I have the kindle touch 3g due to where I live - old building, wi fi can't get thru), and what sold me was the mp3 player on the kindle, the fact that it can read to me, and the fact that I get more books on this device than the nook. That is what sold me. A friend of mine has a nook and he loves it. I love my kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 5:11:27 PM PST
i like the kindle fire because you can do more things on it than you can the nook the nook is just for reading and you can go on line but you cant watch movies

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 5:13:00 PM PST
yes i love mine i passed it on to my daughter and brought the hd 8.9 inch and im in love all over again

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 5:15:31 PM PST
i think if you buy the nook you will be dissapointed sometimes its better to pay a little more to get exactly what you want

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 5:17:28 PM PST
HA! It is funny to see Amazon selling a shady device that seriously cripples B&N's profit margin. I wonder if B&N sells a similar device that targets the Kindle Fire HD?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 5:18:50 PM PST
camotim says:
I looked @ both devices and went with the Fire; I have found Amazon's customer service to be excellent; the Fire HD to be a terrific piece of electronics, coupled with daily free app specials from Amazon, Kindle books, etc.
I am beyond pleased with the Fire HD 7" design; and purchased around Christmas time, whereas, Amazon had a $50 off discount.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 5:21:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 2, 2013 5:57:07 PM PST
GameGurl says:
Amazon has an app on the Kindle Fire designed to show free books and games?

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 6:09:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 2, 2013 6:15:40 PM PST
PenName1 says:
The Nook is an excellent tablet, but I went Fire HD to take advantage of my Amazon Prime membership (streaming thousands of movies/tv shows at no additional cost). I passed on the Nexus 7 and iPad mini as well (although iPad mini was tempting). Very happy so far, and I find KFHD7 to be the perfect size for reading on my daily commute. The dual/stereo speakers are also a nice luxury (other tablets don't match) when I'm home.

You should also consider the cost of any "must-have" accessories. If you go Fire HD, you'll need a rapid wall charger ($20 separate, $10 when ordered with Kindle), and a case/cover. IMHO the Moko lightweight ($15) and Amazon leather ($45) cases are the best options. Amazon occasionally runs promotions for discounted cases (Groupon, Amazon local) or free $25 gift card with purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 6:13:28 PM PST
p.nish says:
Without the N2A software to turn the Nook HD to a android tablet, the Nook is pretty much useless. Very little app support by Barnes & Noble. I currently own a Nook HD and I would NOT recommend one to anyone :(. Go with Kindle - much better apps available.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2013 4:20:39 AM PST
GameGurl says:
I wish I would've caught that $50 off discount on the Kindle.
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