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?
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?
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.
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.
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".
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".
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.