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Subject: What is the different between the Nook Color & Tablet?
Date Posted: 12/10/2011 9:25 PM ET
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I've got a birthday coming up next month.  I'm thinking of asking my family for a Nook Color or Tablet.  The Nook Tablet is a bit expensive for what my family puts together to buy.

Does anyone here have a Nook Color?  Or, does anyone have a Nook Color since it's been upgraded?

What are the differences between the Color and the Tablet?  I know that the Tablet has more RAM and storage.  Are their any other differences?

My niece wants to play me games like Words with Friends (outside of Facebook).  Would I be able to do that with a Nook Color?

I also saw some article that had someone saying the Nook Color operating system wasn't going to be updated anymore.  Does anyone know if that is true?  It was not an authoritative piece so I don't know if the person was spouting off or knew what they were talking about.

I already have my Nook First Edition for reading and am curious how satisfied Nook Color users are.

Thanks for your help!

Date Posted: 12/10/2011 9:47 PM ET
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Mel  I not sure of the differences BUT I know you can put Android for Nook on the Tablet!  Even the $100 cheepo's  Also Kindle for Android!    You can surf the net...limited    Watch Netflix or Hulu +   

Date Posted: 12/11/2011 12:00 AM ET
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the only diffrence the saleslady told me were the storage and ram I guess it was(the processor or something like that) she said for a lot of surging and apps to go with the tablet otherwise the color was ok. of course that's just going by her knowledge. in the store they had a chart to compare side by side - maybe its' on their webstie or somewhere online.

Date Posted: 12/11/2011 8:01 AM ET
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melody i got a nook color the other day. its really nice. i don't plan to use it as a reader (tho the kids might), i plan to use it for apps and web. the nook color is supposed to get an upgrade to 1.4 this month, which will enable it to stream netflix and other good things, it has plenty of storage b/c of the sd card slot. not sure how the ram compares. my internet was a bit slower than a wifi laptop, but not bad. i love the keyboard on it, and the fact it goes automatcally to lanscape when you open a browser. i bought a n2a card to make it an android tablet, will play with that next week when the kids are in school (its a c'mas gift for all). so it is hidden right now, but the brief time i played with it, i loved it! i don't see the need to get the more expensive one. if you want access to android market, you can get the 8gb n2a card for $35 or make your own.

Subject: I hated my Nook - got a tablet!
Date Posted: 12/12/2011 11:22 AM ET
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I knew I wanted a small tablet, so I had been watching and waiting.  My husband surprised me last year with a Nook.  When I received it last Christmas I found that it was impossible to set up. My family considers me a major geek, but I couldn't get the Nook to work.  I took it back after fighting with it for FOUR days with no success hitting my wi-fi network at home.  And I had to fight with B&N to return it - which wasn't fun either!   Maybe the Nook has improved since last Christmas, but my experience was awful and I'm not a causual user. 
 
I tell you this because Ireceived a HTC Flyer for my birthday in Oct and the Flyer had me flying nearly out of the box! It found my wi-fi almost immediately. Setup was so easy!
 
Got the Flyer for $299 - which is a fair price.  It was originally $499 in April when it became available. I wouldn't pay more than $299; but it does everything I want it to do. Perfect size to carry with me. The screen is bright, sharp and is responsive to my touch and does flash. The battery lasts a long time for me and I only need to charge it overnite every 2 or 3 days. I bought the HTC scribe pen for $40 on sale and wouldn't pay more for it, but I do like it for the stylus function. I didn't like all the fingerprints on my screen. The flyer has front/rear facing camera. They aren't supper great, but are suitable for my needs! I also bought a 32 GB micro SD card to increase memory but haven't needed it yet.
 
This is an android tablet so there are 1,000s of apps I can download.  Nook and Kindle have limitations there.  Amazon even posts one free android app every day, so I haven't paid for any apps yet.  I can run netflix, pandora, play any number of games, view Office files, maintain a calendar, send email, etc. etc.
 
I am so happy to have an Android tablet and highly recommend one. 
Date Posted: 12/31/2011 3:18 PM ET
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I had to run into  Staples today so took a few minutes to look at the displays. The basic Kindle seemed pretty good. The Kindle Touch was charging and I couldn't get it to come up. The Kindle Fire was fantastic! Made me almost want one. (I am happy with my decision to get the NC+n2a though--not locked down).

What is sad though---I moved over to the Nook display. The new Nook Tab;et was there. Turned off, it looked exactly like my NC. The sad thing is it was dead, b/c the metal end of the charger was snapped off. So I didn't get to play with it. I knew the chargers were a bit flimsy, but I didn't expect to see that kind of damage.

They had some awesome laptops...with number pads like a real keyboard! And there was one that didn't have a glossy screen--I really liked that one! Maybe when my desk top dies I'll get a sweet laptop instead.

DH is setting up a new 40" LCD TV. $300 at Amazon with over night shipping. We decided to take the living room back from the band of demons--I mean children <g> They have the xbox in the other half (its like 2 rooms, with no wall) So now we have 2 40" TVs in that long room.  But at last the adult minority has a place to sit and read or watch TV!

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 9:26 PM ET
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Most likely I won't be using Netflix or Hulu+.  I watched one movie last year and Jeopardy & 7Live are about all the TV I watch on a regular basis.  I'm not go to pay for either services to use on a tablet.  So neither of those would be an issue for me.

I'm not really looking into the Kindle Fire.  The Nook Tablet is too pricey.  From what I've seen the Nook Color has gotten better reviews from tech websites than the Nook Tablet.

I would want to watch videos--like YouTube videos or stuff in find on PBS.org.  I'm not big on games, but would probably use Words with Friends, Angry Birds.  I might get a magazine subscription like National Geographic mag.  And, I want it to read website stuff that isn't really easy to navigate on my Nook.

I want to be able to communicate online with my niece--could I do that with a Nook Color? Can you Skype with it?

I want to take advantage of the Nook Friends feature--something I can't do on my Nook First Edition.

I won't be using it for ebooks.  My Nook FE fits that need perfectly fine.

I guess I want to make sure the Nook Color has enough RAM and processing speed for some basic game playing, video watching, and online communication.  Since it's expandable memory storage isn't that big of an issue. 

 

 

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 8:32 AM ET
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Melody, none of the 3 (NC, NT, Fire) has a camera, so you can't do skype.

I'll test youtube on it and report back.

I went on here last night and it worked fine. I played Angry Birds, Birds with Words, some Bubble Game, all good. My daughter spent hours watching video (Netflix) and had a blast. So the ram and video processors are excellent. I've read that magazines are excellent on the NC--but I don't do mags. i think the NC will be fine for all of your needs, except Skype. 



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Date Posted: 1/4/2012 9:34 PM ET
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Anne, it sounds like the Nook Color is perfect for me then!  I was searching around the internet and folks have successfully used Skype with a headset (though no video capability) on Nook Color and Tablet--though it seems they had to do some finagling.  It's not my biggest concern.  I was mostly concerned with the speed during streaming and if videos would be hitchy. 

I saw that they are selling refurbished Nook Color's for $149, which is perfect.  My family could get that plus a cover.  I think I know what I want for my bday now :)

Thanks for everyone's help!

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 1:45 PM ET
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Melody, great! I got the reburb too. Then I got this cover

Black cover

then I found about about this one

yellow cover

which hasn't arrived yet. Looks like good protection from kids. I am hoping I can use them at the same time!

 

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 1:50 PM ET
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I didn't put a screen protector on yet but I probably will. Oh and I am excited about this dock which I hope will be priced affordably.

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 12:04 PM ET
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Back onsale today at ebay b&n store for $129.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/170770105632...84.m1423.l2649

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 12:09 PM ET
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Oh I just clicked on my link to the dock (above) and they have the price on now! 54.99 if you preorder. I might. I probably will. My only real hesitation is how much of a pain will it be to take the NC out of the Trident Aegis hard shell to put it into the dock. I might not have to.

 

Date Posted: 2/13/2012 9:29 PM ET
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Hey all, just thought I'd update you on my bday present.  It finally arrived two weeks late (the first one got lost in the mail).  I asked my family for the Nook Color as it was more in their price range.

My opinion so far is a positive one.  I don't think I'll be using it to read much.  Even on the lowest setting, it is still too bright for my eyes.  The other features are awesome.  I was a little skeptical that it would be powerful enough to stream videos, but it does them well without alot of buffering (that's a problem I have on my computer).  The web browser works well.  I can do email, listen to music through Pandora, play Words with Friends and Angry Birds.  There is an app for Facebook chat that wasn't working earlier so I still have to figure that out.

The keyboard is an improvement over the one on the Nook 1st Edition.  I like that it will automatically convert the screen to long ways if you turn the Nook on it's side.  It seems easy to adjust fonts and sizes, too.

I even have a few people in my NookFriends list and lent my first ebook today.

All in all, I've very pleased.  I wasn't sure if it would be powerful enough--if it would be really slow, but it performs very well.

I got myself a $25 B&N gift card at one of the discount sites over Christmas (it only cost me $10), so I've treated myself to a couple of apps and may even buy a book :)