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Default Nook Color...Or Nook tablet? Which is better for hacking/rooting?

Well... I know the nook tablet has better specs, but I am just doing this from a tinkering perspective. I heard the nook color can be easily rooted and changed to use cm7 and even ice cream sandwich. Those of you who have it, is it decent? like web browsing, youtube, UI navigating smoothly. Overclocked? Bluetooth?

I'm trying to decide, because at my work I can get a nook color for 180$ bucks. I did buy a nook tablet for 230 bucks. But I am just wondering, if it's easier to use the nook color, and easier to root it to mess around with it. Is it worth the extra money for the Nook tab?

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I've got two NC and a single NT in the family. The NC is definitely more hackable. Solutions are coming for the NT, but there's nowhere near the selection yet. The NC is also almost unbrickable. It's a great device to make mistakes on.

Performance is very good. I won't say "buttery smooth" because things are definitely faster on the NT. Even browsing seems to benefit greatly from the dual cores. However, with my NC overclocked to 1.2 GHz, Netflix and video are perfectly watchable. Battery life is also pretty good, better than any other device I own.

I'm running B&N 1.4.1 rooted because I want the B&N content, but I would suggest CM 7.2 RC0 Mirage if you don't care about B&N stuff. ICS is also nearly viable for day-to-day use (depending on your day, of course.)

Bluetooth is hit-and-miss depending on what you want to do. I've read of people having success with BT keyboards and GPS, but I've only tried the latter myself. It worked well enough that I could have a GPS receiver up on the dash, but I haven't done much actual field testing with it. BT audio is definitely out on the NC, and from what I've read, the NT as well.

The NT does provide a mic, so that might be important.

I considered upgrading to the NT, but now I'm waiting for the $250 quad-core devices that are supposed to hit this year, so I'm keeping my NC and trying hard to save my money. At $180, the NC is a decent deal, but you might find refurbs for even less with a bit of looking. I'd suggest a NC.
 
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Default When and where to dive in....

The answer today would be to use the Nook Color... You will get a decent device with a mature OS (CM7) and limited peer support for ICS (CM9)... In a month or 3, the Nook Tablet may be the better choice, but as of today it isn't . (There is a copy of CM7 running on it in alpha now tho.)

Both devices will disappoint if you are worried about ICS support, because some driver source is unreleased, and ICS versions of the drivers may never come out at all. (You might prefer to wait for the 7" ASUS in this case.)

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I was trying to make the same decision back before Christmas. I asked my sons to get me a NC. I could still have returned it til the end of January, but decided to keep it. (Although I actually had to exchange it because the wifi had intermittent problems connecting.) The NC is way more hackable at this point. I agree with bobstro. For now, the NC does it for me. If the 7" Asus does come out with quad cores and is only $249, I'll probably jump on that.

As for what you can do with a NC, lots! Some people root, some don't. I didn't because I wanted some of the features you get with the native OS, like reading Nook ebooks in B & N stores. I made my own dual boot card from Racks' directions here. I really like the flexibility of booting into either the native Nook OS, MiRaGe (CM 7.2) or ICS (CM 9). Using some advice in the USB host threads here and here, I was able to kluge together a working headset and make calls through Skype last night.

I also made another SD card that has Miui 2.1.20 on it. You can find the files here. I used verygreen's instructions for a size-agnostic card here.

I'm using a SanDisk class 6 16GB uSD card from Costco for the dual boot card. I have Miui on a SanDisk class 4 8GB uSD card. If you decide to boot from uSD cards, read a little in the several threads about the cards. The faster class cards generally do not work well for booting an OS. And SanDisk cards seem to work better than others. The threads are here and here.

You can also find NC's on ebay from Barnes and Noble refurbished for around $149 shipped. They have the same one year warranty as the new ones...
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I was trying to make the same decision back before Christmas. I asked my sons to get me a NC. I could still have returned it til the end of January, but decided to keep it. (Although I actually had to exchange it because the wifi had intermittent problems connecting.) The NC is way more hackable at this point. I agree with bobstro. For now, the NC does it for me. If the 7" Asus does come out with quad cores and is only $249, I'll probably jump on that.

As for what you can do with a NC, lots! Some people root, some don't. I didn't because I wanted some of the features you get with the native OS, like reading Nook ebooks in B & N stores. I made my own dual boot card from Racks' directions here. I really like the flexibility of booting into either the native Nook OS, MiRaGe (CM 7.2) or ICS (CM 9). Using some advice in the USB host threads here and here, I was able to kluge together a working headset and make calls through Skype last night.

I also made another SD card that has Miui 2.1.20 on it. You can find the files here. I used verygreen's instructions for a size-agnostic card here.

I'm using a SanDisk class 6 16GB uSD card from Costco for the dual boot card. I have Miui on a SanDisk class 4 8GB uSD card. If you decide to boot from uSD cards, read a little in the several threads about the cards. The faster class cards generally do not work well for booting an OS. And SanDisk cards seem to work better than others. The threads are here and here.

You can also find NC's on ebay from Barnes and Noble refurbished for around $149 shipped. They have the same one year warranty as the new ones...
Now I want to know exactly how you got Skype calls working...
I've been looking for a solution to this forever.

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Now I want to know exactly how you got Skype calls working...
I've been looking for a solution to this forever.

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I'm about to leave, but will post my solution a bit later. Hopefully I can post a picture as well.
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I'm about to leave, but will post my solution a bit later. Hopefully I can post a picture as well.
Please put it in its own thread.... (But I would like to see it too!)
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I'm about to leave, but will post my solution a bit later. Hopefully I can post a picture as well.
I am also interested on how you set this up.


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They're both good. The custom ROMs based on GB for the NC have been around longer and are more stable. The ROMs for the NT aren't as refined, but the device is faster. Depends on if you want fast or stable.

You may be better served buying neither and getting an HP TouchPad on Craigslist. I just bought one the other day. There isn't a stable version of CM for it, but you can dual-boot the alpha builds with WebOS.
 
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Default The Nook Color All the Way...

I would suggest buying the Nook Color, as everyone else before me stated. Roms are stable as hell and it can be overclocked to move pretty damn fast and smooth. While the Nook Tablets specs are superior, there doesn't seem to be much available for it as yet. In time though, I'm sure there will be!

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