Remember last month, when Barnes & Noble chopped Nook HD and Nook HD+ prices the week leading up to Mother's Day? Turns out they like Dad a little more.
Those are unprecedented deals, especially considering that these are new units, not refurbs. The Nook HD normally sells for $199; the Nook HD+, for $269.
I've written about both these models before, and you can learn everything you need to know in CNET's reviews (Nook HD|NookHD+). So I'll dispense with the usual overview and just go straight to my recommendation.
Which is this: Buy one! The Nooks may lack cameras and GPS, but they offer gorgeous high-resolution screens, microSD slots for memory expansion, Bluetooth for pairing with keyboards and speakers, and, following a recent update, Google Play compatibility.
That means instead of being limited to Barnes & Noble's curated app store, you get access to all the goodies Google Play has to offer -- including not just apps, but also music, movies, and books. Does that give the Nooks a leg up on Amazon's Kindle Fires, which limit you to Amazon's digital media offerings? I'd have to say yes. (Plus, you can still quick-root either model for a full-blown Android experience.)
To my thinking, the only thing better than a Nook HD for $129 is a Nook HD+ for $149. Put that side by side with the $329 iPad Mini; the HD+ has a bigger screen that's much sharper, plus an expansion slot, for less than half the price. Unless you're already tied to Apple's ecosystem, it's a no-brainer.
In fact, I'd say that if you're in the market for a media-savvy tablet, either for yourself or your favorite father, both of these are no-brainer buys. They're new, so you don't have to explain the nondescript brown box that accompanies most refurbs, and they're priced like low-end no-brand tablets.
Your move, Amazon. And Apple. And everybody else who makes tablets. Have you no love for our nation's fathers?
Bonus deal: Does it still make sense to buy a digital camera? For many users the answer is a resounding "yes!", in which case this deal should delight: Today only, and while supplies last, Yugster has the Samsung ST200F 16.1-megapixel camera with Wi-Fi for $99.97, plus $5 for shipping. That's half the MSRP on this point-and-shoot, which features a 10x optical zoom, a 3-inch screen, and direct photo/video sharing to Facebook, Picasa, YouTube, and the like. Surprisingly, this is new, not refurbished.
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