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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by radsboy, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. radsboy

    radsboy Member
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    I want to buy a Nook Color or maybe a Nook Tablet - leaning toward the Color due to nice prices on refurbs or used ones - to use as an android tablet. I will use reader apps and not worry so much about B&N stock (not impressed with it).

    I have read many posts on rooting over and over, and followed links, and read about ROMS, CWS, CM7, eMMS, etc etc and just DO NOT GET IT.

    I see that some people offer a pre-loaded root sd card, but that stills seems to require a great many steps to install, with many variations on sequences of steps, and comments like "it seems to work better this way for some people depending on what kind of sd card you use." And with lots and lots of youtube vids showing a guy doing it like way faster than I can follow.

    Does anyone offer the service of rooting the device for you mail order?

    Or can you buy a NC or NT already rooted from someone?

    And for those who say "an angel (or a baby) dies whenever someone buys a root card pre-loaded", I say - do you ever buy a hamburger? An angel dies every time someone eats a burger that they did not raise and kill the cow for.



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  2. 2acclaim

    2acclaim Well-Known Member

    that's colchiro's line our resident expert.

    Anyhow if you can't find someone local I'll offer my assistance on rooting your nook for you, Once it's done it's really easy to change back and forth between roms.
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  3. chocophile

    chocophile Member

    The preloaded cards require only one step: Insert the microSD card and turn it on. You're relying on the card provider to make a good decision on which card to sell you. All you do is choose how much capacity the card has.

    Meanwhile, the factory nook software remains untouched on the device, and you're in business, running Android completely and directly from the microSD card.

    Sure, you'll have to configure Android with your gmail account information and other preferences. But that's necessary on ANY Android device.
  4. colchiro

    colchiro Extreme Android User

    I resemble that comment (but it's a kitten) and I eat a LOT more chicken than beef. :D

    I'm no expert, I'm just good at getting the last word in.

    Here's my opinion on the NC.
    Cheap, it's hard to find a tablet under $100 (refurb).
    7" is a nice size to take with you, if wifi is available.
    Hard to brick as long as the sdcard still works. Not many tablets boot off the sdcard.
    CM7, CM9 available

    It's slow. Newer tablets are much faster.
    Sdcard is fragile.
    Bluetooth is flaky at best (range measured in inches)
    Not many other roms available.
    No camera.
    Does the microphone work with CM9? Do BT headphones work? (Don't know)

    If your budget is limited, the NC might workout for you. O/w I think you can do better.

    Regarding rooting, creating the bootable card is probably the hardest part. I'm not a fan of a rom on an sdcard b/c they're expensive, slow, eventually fail and are harder to update. Do it yourself and you'll learn some good skills that you can use to keep it updated.

    Just buy a 2 gb card (well under $10) and use it to flash your NC with CM7 or CM9. Then put that card aside for emergencies and use a 8 or 16 gb sdcard for data and backups.
  5. ChiweN

    ChiweN Android Expert

    There's not much to it really. It may seem like a huge process but it really isn't. It literally took me no more than 15 minutes to complete.

    I bought my nook, charged it, rooted/rom'd it, and was off to the races all within a couple hours. (An hour and forty minutes of that time was charging :D ).

    Ill gladly walk you through the process.

    Btw, I stand in firm agreement with colchiro's stance on buying these premade cards. Not because they don't work, but because its simply a rip off. All that money for a simple process that takes less time for you to do yourself than taking a shit. Its a shame.
  6. colchiro

    colchiro Extreme Android User

    I don't know about you, but I'm in and out of that room in 2 minutes. :D
  7. ChiweN

    ChiweN Android Expert

    Oh geez always bursting my bubble! Lol, I meant it figuratively of course :p

    And no, I read in the bathroom haha.
  8. Johnnykman

    Johnnykman Lurker

    Hey Guys.. anyone willing to chat on the phone and walk me thru the rooting process for the Nook tablet? one question it does have version 1.4.3
  9. colchiro

    colchiro Extreme Android User

  10. BDogg718k

    BDogg718k Well-Known Member

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    ChiweN Android Expert

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  12. bobstro

    bobstro Well-Known Member

    If you don't already have a NC or NT, I wouldn't buy a new one in today's market. B&N is not friendly towards using devices the way customers want to, and I wouldn't support them. Fully open devices are available in the same ~$200 range that are far more powerful and provide a much wider range of features. IMO, the "hack" value of the NC as a cheap Android tablet is really fading quickly. I love my old NCs and still play with them, but I wouldn't do it again with the options available now.

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