A couple weeks back I told you about the one tablet deal you don't want to miss
the 7-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD for $129. (I also sang the
praises of the 8.9-inch Nook HD+, which was slashed to $149, but
that's a topic for another day.)
Even though Barnes & Noble has announced it will no longer
be making its own color tablets (instead partnering with a
third-party manufacturer), it was probably inevitable that Amazon
would respond to such a huge pricing discrepancy.
And it has: the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has been cut to $169
from $199, though
this isn't necessarily permanent. According to Amazon's product
page, the price is "for a limited time."
Nevertheless, that's a pretty solid discount, and although
it's still on the high side relative to the Nook HD, it demands an
updated answer to the question: which 7-inch tablet is the better
If you've read the headline, you know my answer: the Nook HD
is definitely the winner, and not only because it's $40 cheaper.
It's also a more versatile tablet, with newly added support for the
Google Play app/media store and a micro-SD expansion slot.
The Nook HD also has a higher-resolution screen than the Fire
HD, though I can't say that's a huge deal when you're talking about
a 7-inch display. Of course, between the two, I'll always choose
All that being said, the Kindle does have a few points in its
favor, including a front-facing camera, the parent-friendly Kindle
FreeTime service (which lets you set time limits and create
distinct profiles for each kid), and the seamlessly integrated
Amazon Prime, which for $79 annually gives you unlimited streaming
of movies and TV shows, plus a free e-book every month.
Still, when it comes to 7-inch tablets, I remain steadfast
that the best deal ever is the $129 Nook HD. In fact, even
if Amazon dropped the Fire HD to $129, I'd still choose the Nook.
It's just a better tablet overall, even if only by a narrow
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And don't take my word for it: Check out CNET's Kindle Fire HD vs. Nook HD prizefight
entertaining and informative comparison of the two models. Their
scores are close, but ultimately the Nook comes out on top.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.