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).
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.