Nook Color or Moto XOOM Tablet?


  1. Eloquence

    Eloquence Well-Known Member

    Guys, I need your help.

    With the news of the Nook Color being pulled from shelves shortly, I am scared that they may try to lock down the bootloader ala Motostyle. IF they do that, the hackability will be limited in that there will be no Cyanogen Mod for tablets bought after said "fix". :(

    I really want the Nook Color, but can't justify spending on both it and the XOOM tablet at the same time. So I was going to buy the XOOM first, and then get the Nook Color later on in the early summer.

    Now, with B&N doing this, I don't know what to do. What do you guys think? Should I get the Nook now, wait for XOOM later (several months after release date), or take my chances that the lock down won't be as bad as I think?

    Please help!!:'(
    -Elo

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  2. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    The Xoom has a pretty stiff price IMO compared to the Nook. If money isn't an issue, buy the Xoom just because it's "officially" supported and you'll have less worries about Motorola screwing with you down the road.
  3. cabbie

    cabbie Well-Known Member

    it is NOT being pulled from the shelves. ignore androidcentral. a lot of stores are simply out of stock and waiting for replenishment.
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  4. mqureshi79

    mqureshi79 Well-Known Member

    i bought a nook color (and am returning my samsung tab)... the price point lets me treat is as a tablet i can "play around with". even though the overall experience of the tab is better, the price is too high.

    i'm planning on buying the xoom shortly after it comes out, with the intent of having the nook as my travel tablet / ereader, and the xoom as my "serious" tablet.
  5. mqureshi79

    mqureshi79 Well-Known Member

    oh, and i'll be trying out the honeycomb load on my nook color this weekend... will report on how it goes / how well it works
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  6. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Well-Known Member

    The LG G-Slate looks really cool. I think the 8.9" screen is more practical. Also comes with 4g out of the gate. T-Mobile has always been more competitive than VZN.
  7. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    XOOM @ $800? If that's the actual price, the XOOM had better run circles (many, many circles) around the NC which retails for $250!
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  8. bucketheadmn

    bucketheadmn Well-Known Member

    Once I saw the $800 price tag of the Xoom I bought a Nook Color. I did it because my main use will be as a eReader, any Android tablet i bought would have had the same use, so it made sense. Looking at the XDA community and the possibilities of rooting made the decision easy. 2.1 will be just fine for what I would do on an Android tablet.

    Also I figure if the Xoom is $800 other Honeycomb tablets are going to be up there as well - no way I would spend more than $500 on a tablet...
  9. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time... Moderator

    While the initial price of the XOOM may be $800, I'm betting that it'll drop to a more reasonable cost within about 45 days. At $800, Motorola isn't going to sell an awful lot of them outside of corporate accounts...
  10. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    Not only is it $800, but you also have to purchase a data plan just to get the wifi enabled. If you don't purchase the data plan, you get an $800 brick with no wifi and no data access out of the box. Seriously? Are you trying to make people hate your product? You are selling something that is $300 more than the entry level iPad. Then you are going to rape your customers on top of that. Really? People want to love the Xoom, but apparently Motorola is bound and determined to make people hate it.
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  11. sero2012

    sero2012 New Member


    Yes they are. I got work a few days ago to pull all nook colors. barns and noble don't want people to hack the nook color. there losing money if people don't by books on them
  12. bugeyed

    bugeyed Member

    Why, then, are they showing up at other B&N locations. They aren't even updated to 1.0.1 or anything. Looks to me like an inventory reset. Put the units where they are selling. Or just maybe B&N had intelligence on where all the rooters live & are removing inventory from those areas & stocking stores where people won't root them! ;)

    Cheers,
    kev
  13. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    From what I know about them. It does. XOOM at least doubles NC. And in technology terms; double the hardware for 3x$ is not a bad deal.
  14. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    I would not worry about this rumor. It has been debunked, and even if it were true. Android devs can spank the pants off any security B&N can come up with.

    I do have to ask, why would you need both the Xoom and the NC? They are both tablets. If you just want an ereader--it makes more sense to get an eink device for half the price, e.g. Nook or Kindle2.
  15. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    I'm not hating on the XOOM...I'm sure it will be an outstanding device! But $800 for a tablet...when there is a $250 tablet (NOOKcolor) that can ALREADY run a hacked up version of Gingerbread (and it runs well)? I think the cap on tablets for mass appeal is around $600.

    Is the XOOM better than the iPad and Galaxy S Tab? Yes.

    Will Motorola fail if their tablet is priced over the iPad and Galaxy S Tab's? I think so. Especially considering there will be many Gingerbread tablets released by many other manufacturers within the next 6-12 months. With a price tag of $800, Motorola is only targeting the elitist IMO.
  16. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    I agree, but they now have the high end market, and I think everyone would be surprised at how many people will blow $800 on a toy. Look at Apple.

    Moto could probably shave $50 off it with ease, but I think the difference in price has to be a lot greater than that to make a noticeable change in sales. Anyone who would pay $700 for a tablet would probably pay $850... I would, if I had the cash. (I'm trying to sock away $250 for the NC)
  17. nj02vette

    nj02vette Well-Known Member

    Then how come I bought one at a B&N store yesterday?
  18. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    I think Moto needs to shave much more off of these than $50 to be successful. Right now, Moto is trying to "cash in" on the success they tasted with the original Droid and the Droid X. The Droid 2 was a pretty big flop considering it is the follow-up to the original and extremely successful Droid. I just think they could blow the Galaxy S Tab out of the water by setting the price at $600 vs. $800. The Galaxy S Tab is $500 and for many people (myself included), that is pushing it for a device the really don't NEED.

    But we'll see...maybe I'm wrong and Moto will hit big despite the price tag :confused:

    The fact that B&N pulled them to prevent hacking was debunked. There are new ones that people have confirmed are just as easily rootable (just updated to the latest software). I'm hearing that B&N just moved their inventory around to deal with some production delays. I don't know if that completely accurate...just what I'm hearing and reading.
  19. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    I do not think you are wrong. You wont catch me buying one... unless I close this contract that I should be working on instead of reading droid boards.
  20. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    I think it really depends on what they're trying to compete with. If they're going to compete with the Galaxy Tab, the price may be right. The Tab is $600 and the Xoom has better hardware and a very, very slick OS. Faster processor, more onboard storage, more ram, better camera, etc... Worth $200 more? You can make that argument. If they're trying to compete against the iPad, an $800 device plus a data plan is frakking insane. It's still got better hardware, but it's an unknown vs the iPad as far as the average schmuck is concerned. Someone who has it set in their mind that they want an Android tablet, may well choose the Xoom. Someone who just wants a tablet or is unsure if they want a tablet or not is going to go with the iPad because it's about half the price and there's no data plan attached. If they hate the iPad, they can return it with no hassles. They've seen iDevices before. They basically have some idea what they're getting. The same can't be said for the Xoom.
  21. xmr405o

    xmr405o Well-Known Member

    The nook color vs Xoom or any tablet is a debate based on what you plan to do with a tablet. If you fall under the basic user category, you might not need all the bells and whistles of the xoom like the faster processor, two cameras, gps, 3g, etc. The nook color would probably be good enough. Like I said on another thread, the Xoom right now is the first class section of the plane and most tablets are coach but at the end...whether which ticket you buy...you still end up arriving at the same destination.
  22. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    That was very well put!
  23. PowerCosmic

    PowerCosmic Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about buying a Nook Color and rooting but then I checked one out at B&N when I realized that 7in. just isn't enough real estate for what I'd use it for. That also puts the Galaxy Tab out of contention for me as well.

    Looks like I'll be waiting for the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM. /sadpanda
  24. nj02vette

    nj02vette Well-Known Member

    To each thier own. Personally, I don't want a 10" tablet to do the things I want to do.

    And that's what's great about the Android platform. Choice.
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  25. bluewhite79

    bluewhite79 Well-Known Member

    personally, i just wanted a color e-reader for books, color magazines, color KIDS BOOKS(for my 3 year old!) and newspapers. I didn't even want a "tablet", but When I found out I could root this thing fairly easily, it was a no brainer to buy and make it into a basic tablet. Why not unlock all of its potential?? it'd be crazy not to take advantage of the android market and such (all for only $250)

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