Barnes & Noble announced early this morning that its entire Nook e-reader and tablet product line would be receiving a price drop.
If you’ve had your eye on any of the Nook line from Barnes & Noble, it appears your patience has paid off in the form of a price drop. As of this morning you can pick up the Nook Color for $149 (dropped from $169), the 8GB Nook Tablet for $179 (dropped from $199) or the 16GB Nook Tablet for $199 (dropped from $249). As pricing goes for 7-inch tablets, these are some of the cheapest prices seen to date.
Currently the Nexus 7 from Goggle, if you can find them in stock, sells for $199 for 8GB and $249 for the 16GB variation. This also positions the Nook as more of a contender against the Kindle Fire from Amazon which is priced at $199 for 8GB of storage. Barnes & Noble has certainly thrown down the pricing gauntlet, but will it be enough to win over consumers?
Rumors of the Kindle Fire 2 have been circulating for some time now, and with the companies massive eco-system of videos, apps and music to purchase, it could easily be the more alluring device. Meanwhile, the Nexus 7, in spite of supply shortages, ships with Jelly Bean as its operating system, while the Nook runs on a customized version of Gingerbread, making it fairly outdated at this point. And last, but certainly not least, are the rumors of the iPad Mini debuting on September 12. Should that prove to be true, the 7-inch tablet market will be in for a major shakeup, and everyone could be left asking, “Barnes & Noble who?”
The Nook line is certainly not a bad choice, and the price drop is tempting, but definitely take a look at the whole market first if you are considering purchasing something in this size range.
[Source Barnes & Noble]