I am now writing this update on the lcolor nook with the n2a card.
Fantastic. Its like having a real computer or pad. Now I can use android apps which is how im writing this. I found a good readeur that I installed and found my way around the various files and directories. In.other words itslike having a rooted color nook device but its a dual lboot. L
System seems stable but there are tools built into the system to kill apps that are frozen.
The biggest difference between tphe android device and a mac is that theandroid is not as intuitive. It took a while to figure out simple things like adding shortcuts or moving icons around. Once you get it though it makes sense.
And of. Course every implementing of the system is different. It reminds me of the issues that MS had and continues to have a there is no cinnection between the hardware and THE OS.
Nevertheless for the money I don’t think you canbeat this combination if you are willing to do some exploring.
When I first wrote about purchasing the COLOR NOOK – I got this comment:
“Dave: Re your championing the Nook Color, there’s also an inexpensive add-on that turns it into a dual-purpose device: both a Nook Color and an Android tablet. A company called N2A Cards sells a microSD card that slips into the Nook and, voila, instant Android tablet. I bought one at Fry’s and researched it on Amazon.com: apparently no damage to the reader and doesn’t violate the warranty. Cost is reasonable, starting at $35. Here’s a link:http://n2acards.com/.”
And tonight I installed the card and presto chango I had a tablet. The most difficult part of the process was simply getting that micro sd card into the Nook with my clumsy hands.
Now it’s only two hours since I’ve had the card installed, so take what I say with a grain of salt – but once the thing is installed, it actually runs faster than the NOOK Software. It’s an older version of Android system… and the system is new to me so there’s a learning curve – but it takes an eReader that I bought for $149 and for $50 turns it into a decent tablet. I now have access to the Android App store. Period. So far, all the apps I’ve downloaded (mostly free utilities) have worked fine.
But it’s the real McCoy as far as tablets go. Next thing I’m going to download is the Android version of the Time Warner Cable for Android app (free). I had it working on the iPhone but of course that iPhone looks so tiny now. I mean, basically the reason I got the Nook Color was to be have a larger reader, but you know how it is with certain types – one thing leads to another and now I’m looking forward to getting some audio books and watching tv on the thing.
It comes with a few popular games, and a heck of a lot of utilities. The other main thing is that the typing mechanism, say for typing emails, is a million times better than what NOOK had given you. I mean the NOOK OS was just idiotic. Fine for reading books, but not good for organizing them. And you know how with an iPhone if you double tap the space bar you’ll get a period; and how it will try to finish words for you (sometimes not that good) but at least it tries… The UI for the NOOK email composer or their text editor… unless there was some secret key combination (probably was) you would have to switch from alpha keyboard to symbol keyboard just to put a period at the end of a sentence.
With the Android OS, you get lots of words shown to you as you type that you can choose, and of course the period is right there in the alpha keyboard.
Just no comparison.
And look, even if you didn’t want to use the thing for the Android OS – you can still boot up into the NOOK OS if you want and use the space on the card if you get a large enough card to store stuff on. (I think you can… though haven’t tried that yet).
In short – so far so good.