Nook Color vs Other Tablets?


Last Updated: 2011-02-15 18:05:31
  1. npro1464

    npro1464 Well-Known Member

    I read about how you can root a nook color so that it is nearly a fully functioning Android tablet. I heard, however (true or false), that B&N has stopped shipping nooks so that they can secure them and render them unrootable.

    I have been in the tablet market since before I purchased my Droid 1. What is a rooted nook color capable of? I am considering getting an iPad after they launch the new one coming up, but for $250 if I can get a decent tablet I might forget it. Can a rooted nook play YouTube? Can it play movies (should I load them on)? Is it capable of playing games? And can you still access you B&N books if you go this route?

    How is the nook in comparison with other tabs, like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy tab? I don't want to pay for a 3G contract feature, I rather just use wifi and tether, so that is why I'm looking at the iPad. Finally, is it hard to do? Thanks!

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  2. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    I always link to this video below...it does a good job of showing off most of the features. The Nookcolor is a pretty capable device that runs fast and has impressive build quality. There is not a camera on the NC which is not a big deal to most people but notable.

    I don't know about B&N stopping shipment to "secure" these devices. That seems a little far fetched to me. As a company, you don't stop shipment of a product just to make sure a small percentage of users are going to root the device.

    Edit: After doing some research...it seems that is exactly what B&N is doing. The only real downside to rooting the NC for B&N is that people can install the kindle app when rooted (which obviously could cause them to lose revenue). But damn...pulling the devices back to "retool" them...seems really stupid on B&N's part. The vast majority of their users may not be rooting them but as an "e-reader" only...I wouldn't have bought two of them. :rolleyes: B&N is going to quickly learn that they are just wasting their time and money cause if it runs Android...it WILL get hacked. ;) Welcome to the game B&N...don't be another Motorola...you'll only hurt yourself!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHF-rksuCy8
  3. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    Looks like this may be false, but we will have to wait for the next shipment to be sure.
    It seems like a dumb move if it turns out to be true. Never piss off Androids.

    Source: NOOKcolor Shipments Stopped Due to Inventory Software Bug, Not Hackers | Android Phone Fans
  4. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Well-Known Member

  5. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    yeah. I was thinking about buying a few for resale :)
    (I do not own one)
  6. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    I don't know that B&N has the Android resources or know-how to lock things down if they wanted to. Not a knock on B&N...it's just they are new to the game.

    If there were to spend extra resources to "eliminate" hacking, those resources would probably be spent in vein. If it runs Android...our Dev community will hack it! :D
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  7. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    I thought as much when it was pointed out that the cell standby service was left on the device. It takes no effort at all to disable it. Why would they leave it on by default? The thing has no cell modem and never will.
  8. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    In all fairness, I don't think this book told their developers how to disable that...

    Android Application Development For Dummies, Donn Felker, (9781118005156) NOOKbook (eBook) - Barnes & Noble

    :D

    I couldn't find the ROM development for dummies book at B&N...
  9. hewitts

    hewitts Active Member

    My local B&N just got the fresh batch of NC in this morning. The nook specialist had already rooted one of the new ones for a family member, just to see if the rumors were true. Other than the 1.1 update the new stock has no modification and is still open to the geniuses over at dev. :D:D:D:D

    Picked one up and will decide whether to root or run honeycomb SD next time I have spare time- if ever :(
  10. nj02vette

    nj02vette Well-Known Member

    Picked mine up a Barnes and Noble yesterday as well. Only issue is I can't touch it for a while. :confused:
    Future Birthday present. Have to wait a couple of weeks to play with it.
  11. nathan312

    nathan312 Well-Known Member

    Ouch!!! I'm saving up for one as we speak. When I get paid tomorrow, I should have enough; although I want to save about up to $300 so I have some money left over after. I need to buy a good SD card also!
  12. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Well-Known Member

    I am considering selling mine if your interested. 5 weeks old. It has the $35.00 "Genuine Faux Italian Leather" case and a Sandisk 16GB card. PM me if your are interested.
  13. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    Why are you selling? Buying a XOOM? (if you don't mind me asking :))
  14. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Well-Known Member

    I will probably go with the Xoom. But am really posturing to be able to pull the trigger.

    Xoom vs Tab 2 vs G-Slate?
  15. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    The XOOM seems to be awesome but $800 is a pill I can't swallow. Good for you if you pick one up...hope you enjoy it!
  16. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Well-Known Member

    My gut feeling is the the Zoom will have better build quality and better battery life. I am probably most worried about the "Big Brother"approach Moto and VZW appear to be on.
  17. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    I have heard a terrible, terrible rumor that Motorola plans to put a version of Motoblur on the Xoom. Ugh.
  18. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    Just saw that the Xoom's price has gone up. It is listed on Best Buy's site for $1200. That is freaking insane when you add a data plan on top of that. Come on Google, don't be evil.
  19. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    It isn't Google friend...that's ALL Motorola :rolleyes:
  20. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    Suddenly $800 seems a lot more reasonable. :)
    This cannot be a real price. No one in their right mind would pay $1200 for a tablet.
  21. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

    I'm thinking that no one in their right mind would pay $800...but $1200 is most likely a "place holder" price and nothing concrete.
  22. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    Maybe the $1200 is for two.
  23. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!! VIP Member

  24. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    The $800 plus a data plan ought to come with two if you ask me. I still stick by my prediction that they won't sell any at that price.
  25. Taylored

    Taylored Well-Known Member

    I'll take that bet.

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