Barnes & Noble slashes Nook HD prices for one week

The Father's Day deals are even better than they were leading up to Mother's Day, with the Nook HD at $129 and the Nook HD+ at $149.

The 8.9-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ is a steal at $149.
The 8.9-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ is a steal at $149. Barnes & Noble

Wow.

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.

This week only, you can get the Nook HD (8GB) 7-inch tablet for $129 shipped and the Nook HD+ (16GB) 8.9-inch tablet for $149 shipped (plus sales tax in most states).

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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