Barnes & Noble is selling the $50 Nook Android tablet again through its website. You may remember the tablet’s power adapter was recalled last month due to a risk of electric shock. That was after B&N had already stopped selling the tablet. There was also controversy due to B&N being accused of shipping the tablet with spyware.
The 7-inch Nook tablet proved to be a popular alternative to Amazon’s $50 Fire$49.99 at Amazon tablet, which is exactly what B&N was hoping for when they launched it on Black Friday last year. The main draw being the Nook is simply a stock Android tablet with access to the Google Play Store, where as Amazon runs its own restricted version of Android on the Fire and focuses on its own app store and services.
Offering the tablet again means B&N fixed the power adapter fault, believes the spyware issue won’t be raised again, and that there’s still a market for this very cheap tablet. For consumers, it’s going to be a case of whether they trust B&N got it right this time around.
The Nook tablet uses a 1,024-by-600 resolution display, includes 8GB of on-board memory and the ability to expand that with microSD cards up to 128GB in size. A 32GB card can be picked up for $11, for example. It weighs in at 8.8 ounces and boasts battery life is 7 hours.
At $50, it’s hard to argue with the value on offer here.