Earlier this morning we blipped that Barnes & Noble is selling current-generation Nooks for as low as $130. You might have missed it among the Apple announcements. But it's worth a second look, because this is one of the best Android tablet deals we've ever seen.
As a "Father's Day Promotion," Barnes & Noble is offering the 7" Nook HD 16GB for $130, and the 9" Nook HD+ for $150. These are very nice tablets that have full access to the Google Play store—which means you can install basically any Android app on them, no rooting necessary. Both Nooks have great screens, but neither includes a camera.
We've never seen a new current-generation Android tablet come anywhere close to this price without major rebate shenanigans. Please note, however, that this sale is hardly a surprise. Barnes & Noble's been running compellingsales on the Nook on a regular basis this year—in fact, there was a in-store trial for this exact sale two months ago. Reports even speculate that Barnes & Noble might be getting out of the tablet game—which would make this the best "discontinued" tablet sale since the HP Touchpad. [Barnes & Noble]
15% Off Herman Miller — Including Aeron and Embody Chairs
Iconic American furniture maker Herman Miller's semi-annual sale ends today—so today's your last chance to get the Embody, and all the other high-end task chairs—at 15% off. Anyone got a grand I can borrow? [Gizmodo]
About a month ago, we posted a MLB.TV premium subscription that cost $57 for the rest of the season. That was a pretty great deal, but a month later it's been topped. Right now you can stream the rest of the MLB season for $50—blackouts excluded, of course. [MLB.TV]
Hate waiting for your 60 second queue before you download from Mediafire? They're knocking half off all their premium plans for the next week or so—meaning a Pro account starts at $2.50 per month. [Mediafire]
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The Nook (any flavor) is garbage. B&N doesn't allow apps with ads on Nook, which severely limits their app market. On top of that, getting the Nook to enter debug mode (required to test apps) without rooting it is near impossible. The effort required to port an app to Nook isn't worth it - the market share is also not really there either. Not a developer friendly environment, which means fewer apps. The Kindle Fire series is MUCH more developer friendly, but Giz tells you to save your money and get a regular Android device. I agree with that assessment.
Save your money and buy something with a more natural Android build on it that correctly supports developers who write apps.