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All posts tagged "nook color"


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Budget Tablets Head-to-Head: Galaxy Tab WiFi vs. Nook Color

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 10:30 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4302/...r-vs-galaxy-tab

"When Apple announced the iPad in January 2009, the entry price for the tablet market was set at $499. I saw (and still see) the web tablet as the successor to the netbook, so I assumed that it would go down over time, and we would eventually see tablets settle in the $350-400 range that netbooks sold for in their brief period of atomic glory (see what I did there?) ASUS and Acer are pushing that agenda for the moment, with the $399 Eee Transformer and the $449 Iconia A500."

Interesting comparison, to see if the Nook Color can be modded to make it a low-priced competitor for the Galaxy Tab WiFi tablet. The $249 Nook Color, with a 7-inch 1024x600 IPS color screen, runs Android 2.2 internally, on an 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor with 512MB System RAM, and 8GB of flash storage. The $349 Galaxy Tab also has a 7-inch (1024x600) screen, Android 2.2/2.3, on a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, with also 512MB of system RAM, but 16GB of flash storage.

A very interesting piece of information is that B&N encourages modding, unlike some companies. In any case, after turning the Nook into an Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab proved itself to be faster in almost all cases, even though the WiFi-only version is a step down in performance from the 3G versions. Usability went also to the Galaxy Tab, as it just seemed like a more finished product. Display quality went to the Nook Color, with its IPS display. Cameras were no contest, as the Nook Color has none. Battery life also went to the Galaxy Tab, 8.75-hours, to 6.45-hours on the Nook Color.

The bottom line is that the competition was really between a "finished" product, and one that can be "hacked to oblivion." If you want to be able to mod, customize, and tweak each and every part of the system, the Nook has the advantage, although both offer almost infinite customization. The bottom line here was that the Galaxy Tab is the better tablet, but at $100 more than the Nook Color.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Nook Color To Get Flash And Android Apps In April?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105...20046909-1.html

"While plenty of people have "rooted" their Nook Colors with custom firmware that allows them to access the Android Market and download applications, most Nook Color buyers have stuck with the official firmware that came with the device."

This is definitely one of those, "it's about time" things. Given that the Nook has always ran a custom version of Android and the Nook Color has been hacked six ways to Sunday, further proving the device capable of such feats. This move only makes sense and can only bring more customers their way. Though it doesn't look like it will be stock Android or even the official Android Market, it will still be nice to have a bit more of the power of this device unlocked. Any Nook Color owners out there (who haven't hacked their device) excited about this news? Or maybe a better question... Are there any of you who haven't already hacked your Nooks? ;)


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Turn Your Nook Color Into Your Dashboard PC

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg68...player_embedded

An interesting application for your economy Android tablet of recent fame, the Nook Color. I think you can even read ebooks and magazines on it. Just don't do that while driving!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Use Your Nook Color as a USB Mass Storage Device

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.talkandroid.com/31049-ac...s,+and+Updates)

"Ever wanted to be able to access your mass storage on your Nook Color? maybe throw some music and movies on there after you put Honecomb on it? No problem. XDA member samuelhalff‘s app will let you access that storage on a PC via USB connection."

I love all the development, or should I say hacking, being done for the Nook Color! It is an amazingly capable device for an eReader! I mean, Honeycomb!!! Do I need to say more!?!? Now a member of XDA Developers has released an app for your Nook Color that will let you mount it's storage as standard USB Mass Storage on your PC or anything else that supports that. Just tell the app which volumes you want to mount, it can do two at a time I think, and boom, you're set. It seems to support any partition you want but the developer does warn that it's beta. Have a Nook Color? Let us know if you try it out!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Can the Nook Color Compete?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.nothingbuttablets.com/468

"The device sold well and launched B&N into the emedia segment. But, using the e-ink display had its drawbacks. Page load times are noticeably slow, magazines and newspapers looked disappointing at best, and there was still a vast amount of information and content to be consumed that an e-ink display simply cannot bring to the table Fast forward to today and they decided to give users another choice in the market, the Nook Color ($250)."

The world is more than Kindles, iPads and cheap Android tablets. Barnes & Noble has their own line of eReaders with their most recent model being the Nook Color. It kind of straddles the line between an eReader and a tablet being an Android based device and offering a colour screen. Does aspiring to be more make it lose its focus? I do think that one of the most notable features of the Nook (and a select few other eReaders) is the ability to "loan" books from your local library.

Yes, that library. While the Internet now gets piped into almost every household and streets everywhere, the Library is still a great fountain of knowledge and has managed to take advantage of some of what the Internet has to offer. The ability to loan out books means that you suddenly have access to a huge wealth of information that does not exist (at least not yet) on the Internet. Couple that with buying books, and Android's web browser, the Nook Color certainly is compelling as an information device.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Angry Birds and the Root of All Nooks

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Android News" @ 03:00 PM

http://androinica.com/2010/11/30/no...nd-launcherpro/

"In his review of Barnes & Noble’s e-reader Nook Color, Andrew mentioned that eventual root access perhaps could provide the somewhat limited tablet with extra functionality. Thanks to the industrious and experimental gadget lovers at the xda-developers, the Nook Color has now indeed been rooted, but the process is still pretty complicated."

Hacking hardware seems to be a tradition of popular, or even semi-popular electronics. From the Linksys WRT54G series to various HTC phones, hackers have been busy stretching the boundaries of what these electronics are capable of. The Nook Color is no exception. Why root an eBook reader? Well, since the Nook has Android underpinnings, rooting means that you can install your own apps. This is a Good Thing, since the Nook does not give access to the Market. It also makes the Nook a very tempting colour Android tablet. I hope Barnes and Noble priced their tablet so they do not sell it at a loss, as I suspect that once the rooting process is streamlined, quite a few sales of the Nooks will be for non-eBook purposes.


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