Nook tablets unleashed: iPad mini rivals up for pre-order today
Tech titans like Amazon, Google and Apple are waging an all out war for your money this Christmas, outing their own takes on the miniature tablet computer. But there’s another contender in the mix too, bookseller Barnes & Noble. It’s put its Android-based Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets up for sale today, but can it compete in a world where the iPad mini exists?
Head on over to Nook.co.uk and you can now pre-order both the Nook HD 7-inch tablet and the 9-inch Nook HD+, priced up at £159 and £229 and due for delivery next month. Like Amazon’s Kindle models, their software is based on Android 4.0, but modified beyond recognition: they connect only to Barnes & Noble’s own Nook app store.
Whether or not the Nooka tablets can compete with the £159 Google Nexus 7 and newly revealed Apple iPad mini remains to be seen, but in our hands on preview last month, we found the screens to be nothing short of stunning. If anything can sway people over, it’s them – so be sure to take a look once they hit stores.
Barnes & Noble’s Simple Touch and Simple Touch with GlowLight e-readers are also on sale today – you can find them on the Nook website, as well as in stores like John Lewis and Asda. The latter is priced up at £109, exactly like the new Amazon Paperwhite. If you caught our reviews of both though, you’ll know we think Amazon’s design and seamless store and apps have the edge, but we never say no to a bit of competition.
Will you be buying the Nook? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below!