I can't stress enough how much happy I am about my new Nook Color running the new Android Honeycomb for tablets. Not to mention I got this Nook from official Barnes & Noble eBay store for just $199 after coupon. At first glance, it looks weird since it looks like a giant keychain with this whole by the left corner. But once I got a hold of it, it felt sturdy and firm. A little heavy for a 7" tablet but it is sturdy and the feel of the texture is just right.
Oh! Did I tell you about I installed an Android Honeycomb in this tablet? As of the writing of this blog, the only device that is released with Honeycomb from Google is the Motorola Xoom. And I have been ranting about how this tablet is priced ridiculously. No wonder people are still waiting for a better competitor, which I, myself are also looking at other tablets coming out in the future. HTC Flyer anyone?
The Nook Color running Honeycomb is not bad at all. In fact, it's the cheapest Android Honeycomb tablet out there, provided you had to do something to use the Honeycomb OS. This is the link for the instruction about installing Honeycomb to Nook Color http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/install-android-3-0-honeycomb-and-market-on-nook-color/. The great thing about this is that, it's only installed in a microSD card. A minimum of 4GB Class 4 microSD is needed for this tutorial. And you get to keep the NOOK OS intact in its internal memory, so if you get bored with Honeycomb, you can get back to it by removing the SD card before the reboot. There's also a rumor that Barnes and Noble will be releasing a new updated Android OS for the NookColor. Now I'd like to see that.
Honeycomb apps are really not there yet in the Android Market. I'm looking for specific apps that I could use for the tablet like twitter and Google Reader, and those are not in the Market. I did install the Amazon AppStore, and twitter was there, but every time I would install it, it just crashes. So I just gave up. Games like Angry Birds and Flight Control, also crashes. Most of the time I just use the tablet to read in Pulse or in the web for Google Reader. Good thing the ABC app for my little one works.
So look forward for me installing the cynogenmod 7 soon on this tablet. Although I'm downgrading to Gingerbread for it, at least actually a ROM that works and stable, until Honeycomb is polished, I might stay with Gingerbread. Yet again, its just a matter of reboot and putting on the Honeycomb SD card in the slot. I'll post pictures soon.
Since then, I have owned 3 Nexus 7s 2012 (I gave one to my Dad), I bought my wife a 2013 Nexus 7 LTE, an Asus Transformer 10.1 and an also obsolete Viewsonic Gtab 10.1. The Gtab and Nook are both being used by the kids just for watching movies but unfortunately, they too are getting tired of the slowness of these device. It's painful that by just switching between apps, it really takes a while. The Gtab is a bit tolerable but still painful.
So far both are almost getting ignored for the Asus Transformer. And maybe soon I will have to pass my Nexus 7 to them. This tablet is a bit sluggish too, maybe I will have a post of it here. The one I am really loving is the 2013 version, but the wife is giving it a hard grip of usage. Maybe if I have a little extra, I can spend a little money on yesterdays newly announced Nexus 9.