Get an 8GB Nook Tablet for $98.88

It's new, not refurbished, and it definitely won't last long at the price.

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Wonderful as the latest Amazon and Barnes & Noble e-readers are, it's getting hard to justify buying one when you can get a full-blown tablet for the same price -- or even less.

Case in point: BrandsMart U.S.A. has the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (8GB) for $98.88, plus $7.87 for shipping (a charge you can avoid by option for in-store pickup). Sales tax applies where, um, applicable.

Just to clarify, this is the Nook Tablet, not the older Nook Color (which was also quite tablet-like, but really more of an e-reader on steroids). And it's new, not refurbished.

Here's what CNET had to say about the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet :

The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (8GB) is an affordably priced full-featured tablet with a vibrant 7-inch touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi, 8GB of built-in storage, and a microSD expansion slot. In addition to a full slate of books and magazines, it offers more than a thousand apps through its integrated (and growing) Nook Store and is optimized for Netflix and Hulu Plus video playback. The built-in Web browser works well and offers Flash support.

On the downside, no Bluetooth, no cameras, and no GPS. But keep in mind the Nook Tablet originally sold for $199, so you're literally getting it for half the price -- and for $20 less than an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Simple Touch GlowLight (which, last I checked, don't do Netflix).

I've long been a fan of the Nook Tablet -- the solid feel, the overall design, and the easy rooting options courtesy of N2Acards and RootMyNookTablet.

At $98.88, these won't last long. There may be newer, cooler 7-inch tablets from the likes of Amazon and Google, but not at this price.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (8GB)

The latest Nook costs the same as the Kindle Fire and has the same amount of storage, but also comes with an expandable microSD card slot.

About the author

Rick Broida has written about business and consumer technology for nearly 25 years. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets." He also writes for CNET's iPhone Atlas and How To blogs.

 

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