Saturday, August 27, 2011

Nook Color & Nook 2 Android

I really like our iPad. The three of us seem to share it pretty well, but I was already thinking we could really be a two or three tablet family. My uncle is trying out a Nook Color, the Barnes & Noble ebook reader along with a little hack to run the Android OS via a bootable microSD card from Nook 2 Android.

You can pick up a new Nook Color for $250. I got a refurb on for $180. You can then order the a Nook 2 Android 8 GB card for $35. So on the cheap side, you can get an Android tablet for $215 plus shipping.

I'm excited about this as I really wanted a tablet and I think this will be a great device. I want it to be my portable documentation repository and library. Dropbox plus some PDFs. YouVersion for multiple versions of the Bible. Add Google Reader for my RSS feeds and I am all set!


  1. You should flash your Nook Color with CyanogenMod 7 (CM7). This is the best Android for Nook out there now.

    See various threads here:

  2. Thanks for link. I think that is what I am getting from N2A. I took the easy way out and bought the card instead of trying to do it myself. Time is a real problem for me.

    Quoting from N2A:
    "We would like to be sure and give credit where credit is due. N2A uses a modded version of Google Android called CM7 for the Nook Color. CM7 is created by a group of developers known as Cyanogenmod. Cyanogenmod is dedicated to providing the highest quality Android mods for the Android cell phone and tablet community.

    Another group to acknowledge is XDA Developers. XDA is a huge group of Android developers creating new features and bug fixes for CM7 and other projects. Both groups offer their software and updates for no charge under the Android Open Source Project and the GNU Public License. These licenses allow N2A to legally use, distribute, and support their software and updates."

  3. I told you that you would end up with two. :-)

    I will be curious to hear how the nook with the hack works out. A smaller e-reader, color, with web access and email, for $250 sounds very interesting.


  4. I have the nook color rooted with CM7 and it works very well as a tablet, e-reader, and Android game platform. Fast, responise, and a wonderful IPS screen. Flashing was a breeze. Instructions and videos are all over the web.

    You can get refurb versions from B&N on ebay for $180 shipped. See for instance item number 120758870326.

  5. @Paul - wow. Wish I had asked before ordering. It would have saved me a few bucks. Maybe if I need another one I can go your route.

    Thanks for the info.