Why pick one or the other when you can have both?
It's never been more affordable to own a name-brand tablet than it is now, especially with the recent price cuts. To further sweeten the pot -- and to remind everyone that yes, it too offers a tablet -- Barnes & Noble recently announced that anyone who purchases a Nook HD+ tablet between March 24, 2013 and March 31, 2013 is eligible to receive a free Nook Simple Touch eReader. That might seem a bit redundant, but if you look at it from the angle of shopping for yourself and for someone else at the same time, you can kill two birds with one stone.
In other words, buy yourself a Nook HD+ and give your parents a Nook Simple Touch for Easter, or vice versa. Either way you slice it, it's a $79 value.
"By offering a free Nook Simple Touch with the purchase of Nook HD+, customers can fully experience all that the expansive Nook Store of more than 3 million titles has to offer," said Jamie Iannone , President of Digital Products at Nook Media LLC. "Nook HD+, with its must-see full HD 9-inch screen, is perfect for experiencing movies, apps, magazines and more, while Nook Simple Touch is ideal for reading millions of books with crisp, clear text on a portable and lightweight device that’s comfortable to hold for hours."
The Nook HD+ runs $269 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB SKU. It has a 9-inch fully laminated display with a 1920x1280 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor (OMAP 4470), microSD card slot, dual stereo speakers, built-in Wi-Fi, built-in Wi-Fi, and up to 10 hours of reading or 9 hours of video.
Protip: With a Nook to Android (N2A) card/software, you can dual-boot into an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich environment.