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Subject: Rooted my Nook today!
Date Posted: 1/22/2013 11:32 PM ET
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I decided to buy a card with Android already loaded.  The one I bought is 8GB and supposed to be designed for the Nook Color.  Once I developed enough coordination to work it into the little slot, it was a breeze :D  I've had a blast finding the free versions of game that aren't in the Nook store.

Cool!

Date Posted: 1/23/2013 6:43 AM ET
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That is awesome! Way to breathe new life into an older device! You can put the Amazon app store on there now, and the Kindle app, the Kobo app, the Nook app...you can have it all!

Date Posted: 1/23/2013 8:46 AM ET
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I read your other thread Melody and decided to order a N2A card for myself.  Hasn't arrived yet but I'm looking forward to it.  Been eyeing the Ipad mini but why spend that money when I can spend only a little and use my Nook Color as an android device as well.

Date Posted: 1/23/2013 5:20 PM ET
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Well, I never used my Nook Color for reading.  It's too hard to look at very long even with the screen dimmed.  I have my Nook First Edition for ebooks, so I probably won't fool with the reading apps.  I have found GAMES though....I am mad with game apps :D  My niece sent me a list of games I must try and she has me addicted to Unblock It and Scramble with Friends.  She wants me to install Draw Something which will be a riot because I can't draw worth a crap.  LOL

Sarah, it was really easy to do with the pre-done card.  My only problem is the card is so tiny and the slot on the Nook Color is kind of blocked.  I think it took me 20 minutes to finally get the card inserted.  Once that was over, the rest was easy.  The card I have is dual boot, so I don't have to take it out to go back to my Nook Color.  I hope you will enjoy your card too!

 

 

Date Posted: 1/23/2013 6:13 PM ET
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Glad it's working out for you!

Date Posted: 1/23/2013 9:01 PM ET
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I read on my NC on my lunch break at work.  I find the screen's tolerable for short periods of time.  I have one of those cases that props it up so it's easy to read and eat at the same time.  I can't get to the SD card slot while it's in the case though.  If the card allows dual boot, then I won't have to worry about removing it when I want to go back to the NC.  I do library books on the NC.

Date Posted: 1/23/2013 9:12 PM ET
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Sarah,I don't know if you bought the same card brand.  I wrote down the steps for switching from Android to NC so I'll try that later.  Seems simple enough.

I did get a weird error today.  It said my phone storage was low.  Hmmm...since my NC isn't a phone I thought that peculiar.  I checked my card storage and I have many GBs left.  I may shut it off completely and see if the same error pops up. 

Some apps are slow, but others work fine.

Date Posted: 1/23/2013 9:47 PM ET
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switching between the android side and the nook side is easy. I believe you just press and hold the power button until a little menu pops up and then you can select nook or android.

for the storage issue, go into settings, applications, and move to sd card as many apps as youcan.

Date Posted: 1/24/2013 9:59 PM ET
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Anne, haven't tried it yet, but the instruction say to reboot the Nook, then press the N and another letter.  I guess I don't miss the stuff on my Nook Color much since I haven't attempted to switch over in 3 days.

I fixed the phone storage issue.  I contacted the company who made the SD card that I bought.  They suggested it might be an app issue.  I thought about it and realized it started after I installed a National Geographic app.  When I went to the NatGeo.com website today and saw that they don't have an Android app, I went to check it out.  Sure enough, after I uninstalled it, the error message disappeared.  Lesson learned--read who is the app creator!  This one was unauthorized.

Date Posted: 1/28/2013 9:42 PM ET
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You can hit an icon on the bottom of the screen to reboot.  As it's rebooting, hold down the N and you'll get a boot menu and can choose the Nook Color if you want to boot to that.

Only problem I've run into so far is when I rebooted to the NC side and went to continue reading the library book I have checked out, I couldn't open it.  Kept getting a "please authorize this device on your account" message.  I'm wondering if it has something to do with Adobe on the android side?  I had to remove the N2A card entirely and reboot to be able to open up my library book.

Date Posted: 1/31/2013 2:14 PM ET
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Sarah, what does the icon look like?  I don't see anything in the instructions or the online FAQ that mentions it.

Thought I'd let everyone know that the rooted card is working fine after a few minor glitches.  I found that some of my apps were downloading to my device and not my card (not all, just some).  This was causing the phone storage full error that I was getting.  Now that I've moved them over, I don't get the error.

The only thing I've noticed is rooting my nook color is a battery energy hog.  I used to recharge every 2-3 days.  Now I'm having to recharge every day.  I'm playing more games which is probably draining the battery more quickly.

I've been able to switch back and forth on power up without any problems.  (Will look for the icon Sarah has mentioned).

I have noticed some games don't work well.  Zynga games are a pain in the butt.  Words with Friends is just too slow and locks up most of the time.  Sometimes I can play Scramble with Friends.  I found other apps that are exactly the same that play fine.  WordFeud is a a WWF and Scrabble like game.  Ruzzle is just like Scramble.  I am addicting to Flow thanks to my niece's boyfriend.

So, I'm pleased.  Only, I just saw that the cards are on sale at Amazon.com.  I could have gotten the 16 GB for 4 dollars more.  I'm not returning my card though.  It was too hard getting it in the slot.  LOL

 



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Date Posted: 1/31/2013 7:34 PM ET
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I'm noticing the opposite about the battery Melody.  I used to have to charge it every 2-3 days and now it's every 4-5 days before it's down to 30%.  I do keep the Wifi turned off when I'm not using it

The little icon you click to reboot is just to the left of the time in the lower right corner.  It's the N2A logo.  Tap that and a menu pops up and one option is to reboot to Nook.  As it reboots, hold down the N and you'll get a boot menu and you can choose Nook Color.

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 9:08 AM ET
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I wish there was a simple procedure like the n2a for other tablets. I detest the Lenovo I got for my daughter. Should have just kept the Nook Color + n2a! It wasn't perfect but I think I liked the older version of android on my card, than the 4.0 version that's on the Lenovo. I have Gingerbread on my phone and I like it. Plus the n2a card didn't have all the crapware that the Lenovo came with (that I can't remove), either that or it's a partitioning problem.  I may have to look into getting a Nook Tablet, one of those cute new ones with the rounded corners, when they have a good sale.

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 1:28 PM ET
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Anne, I got a Nook Tablet this Christmas ( it was on super sale at Walmart on Thanksgiving for $100) and I adore it.  It is not an HD but I suspect that those are even nicer.  I got a Nook Color earlier this summer but couldn't resist the upgrade. It was well worth it.  The performance is so much quicker and smoother.  For the price it is an amazing little tablet!  The apps I have on it run smoothly, the browser is speedy and it makes an excellent reader.  I also find the screen is easier on my eyes than the Nook Color's.  Unfornately, B&N isn't manufacturing this model anymore but when this one konks out I will buy whatever Nook Tablet they are offering.

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 5:46 PM ET
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Does anyone know if the Nook HD or HD+ comes with a true Android operating system or is it still proprietary?  Their website says "Android operating system" on the hardware profile.

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 7:47 PM ET
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Sherri, it is still the proprietary OS. You would have to get a n2a card to make it a full android.

Michele, that's good to know. I haven't ever played with the Nook HD 7 but that is the one I really like the look of. I would put the n2a card in it though. Especially now that you can download the image for $19.99 and put it on your own card. I think that is awesome. I'll be keeping my eye out for refurb sales. The B&N ebay store has the Nook HD for $229 with a free Nook Simple Touch reader if anyone is interested. That's a good deal, should you need the eink reader.