dealsbarnes & noble 8gb color nook color ereader with…

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I agree - and have the same set-up and love it. But potential buyers must realize that running gingerbread or CM7 requires an SD boot card from ebay, or they must do it themselves. An SD boot is better (than rooting) as it does not mess with the original nook infrastructure and the warranty stays intact.

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Well, the ones in this particular deal are "recertified" and have a 90-day warranty. So, in three months, you can feel free to root.

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@bloodshedder: You can actually root it before then. If the unit fails to boot (after several attempts), it will go back to "Factory Default" mode. Pretty decent failsafe for those keen on hardware hacking.

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If you get one of these (and for $160, it's more than worth it), make sure you upgrade to 1.3 before you root it or run CM7, Clockwork Mod was causing the 1.3 install to fail.

I love mine, great for use as a photography portfolio, and using Spotify Premium, I can load it up with music as well.

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@3horn: Hmmm... I wonder if that was the cause of my problems. (About two weeks ago, my daughter tried setting up dual boot, and it loads CM7 fine but won't load the standard Nook firmware. I hadn't gotten back to it yet, but maybe tonight...) Thanks for the tip.

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@baqui63: Ouch, I just run CM7 off of the SD card, as long as the battery doesn't run out while it's running, I haven't really had any issues.

Here's a guide to uninstalling CWM and reverting your Nook Color back to default. This is the Mac version, but he has one for Windows as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpdHS6CaQGc

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Just noticed that you can get a certified pre-owned one (with 1-year warranty and free shipping) from the site. If you want/need the extra warranty it might be worth it

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I run CM7 (ver. 2.3.5) from a 16GB Sandisk class 4 card, and the speed is just amazing. I haven't gotten around to overclocking, but can't wait to see what that does. Just buy one - for this price, you just can't go wrong.

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Does it have accelerometers?

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Web video via Adobe Flash .... Does this mean it will perform okay with Netflix, HBOGo, Amazon with quality issues?

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@vuoto: Yes, the Nook Color does have an accelerometer.

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@jdschmi1: From which site? I didn't see it on BN.com (only the original Nook, not the Nook color)

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@bestbuysucks: It can, but some providers (like Netflix) lock down which devices their apps will intall on. You can find hacked APKs, but even some of those still won't run.

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@bestbuysucks: Yes! I have playon on my PC, so as long as it is on and I have A wifi signal, I can watch anything that playon offers - including Netflix and my media.

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I am on my nook right now. It is great. I installed cm7 to the internal memory. I ran it off an SD card for a while but got tired of some of the problems that set along with it. Not that try were big I just got tired of them. It is faster off the internal memory though. Especially with overclocking. All in all I am very happy with it. I would say it is definitely worth it at this price.

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great price. Install CM7, its not hard these days, the process has become much simpler. You can always restore to stock. Netflix plays great, there is a hulu work around for it. Its a great little 7" tablet, I love mine.

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Great deal on a wonderful tablet! I paid full price for a new unit a few months ago, but would have gladly paid this much for a factory refurb. I just ordered one of the 8GB Micro SDHC cards with the pre-installed dual-boot Android OS on it from Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/N2A-Cards-8GB-microSD-Card/dp/B00530GZC4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1314634598&sr=8-2 ). I love my Nook Color - it's become a companion that I take everywhere - the form factor fits perfectly in my pocket. Adding Android to the mix without putting my stock installation at risk just sweetens the deal.

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I bought my nook color new and from e-bay, bought a rooted 4GB sd card from this guy: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Android-Gingerbread-2-3-8GB-Rooted-SD-Nook-Color-/160630261025?pt=US_Tablet_Accessories&hash=item25664f4521#ht2163wt932

Works like a charm and I would highly recommend this to anyone considering a tablet. I have no knowledge on how to root and didn't want to void my warranty, this was the perfect solution.

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Hmmm ... I missed the HP $99 TouchPad rush. But now you can still get new 16GB HP TouchPads for around $230-$250 on eBay.

Besides this have the 7" screen instead of the HP 10" ... and the HP is new and have twice the storage...is this still a good buy compared to the HP Touchpads on eBay?

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Haven't looked at these for a while. What's the status/range of the "hidden" bluetooth, now that they have hacked it open?

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Don't be afraid. Just get one and root the sucker! I have restored my nook so many times just trying different MODS I lost count. Having 2 SD cards is handy for this. Keep one with your backup and restore firmware, and one for your mods.
Running Netflix, games, FB, Web, Dropbox, Wifi Explorer, and of course the Nook app.

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"Besides this have the 7" screen instead of the HP 10" .." I'm not sure you should always consider bigger as better. I wish there were more 7" tablets to choose from, the 10" is too big for me to carry all the time.

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where do you get the apps. I would like this for my mother. Are there any apps like starwalk?

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@bestbuysucks: In my opinion, yes, this is better than the TouchPad by virtue of not being a discontinued product with no further support from the manufacturer.

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DO NOT pay for overpriced CM7 SD cards from ebay. Follow the instructions here to install CM7 on any SD card for free: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1000957

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@daledevon: Android marketplace works fine, but I would definitely get the Amazon Appstore on there too. Some of those free apps of the day are really great apps. And in terms of Sky Walk, Google Sky Map is an amazing free app for Android.

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I just wanted to send a special THANK YOU to the posters who added personal accounts and ESPECIALLY links for mod etc.

I've been on the fence about a nook color for quite some time (for my little guy)as a good starting tablet for him. You guys are AWESOME for taking the time to share your knowledge and info for the sole purpose of helping your fellow wooter.

In for 1.

THANKS AGAIN!!!!!

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@firefighter3110: Agreed. Actually, with B&N free shipping, it's only $15 more. I was hoping for a TouchPad but with all I've been reading out Nook today, I'm going with this and upgrading the software. I think I like the smaller size too.

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@3horn: I initially had it running CM7 from a 2gb sdcard (with some minor issues with Google maps.. I may have grabbed the wrong gapps file). When I got a new 8gb sd card specifically for the nook, I figured I'd try it with CWM and dual booting, since it seems to be pretty hard to actually brick one of these (I have nandroid backups, so can go back to stock without even having to track down the ROM from xda or wherever).

So now, it boots CWM and CM7 fine, but won't load the stock nook rom (which supposedly was copied to another partition, either on the eMMC or the sdcard, I have to check).

I was on vacation & then took my eldest to college & then Irene stopped by (damn float switch died, so I had to run the sump pump every 30-60 min overnight), so I just haven't gotten back to the nook yet (though I did organize my APK collection & cook new ROMs for my MT3GS & G2 phones).

So it's time to get back to the nook (of course, I'm back at work so can't spend all my time on it).

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@3horn: BTW- thanks for the link to the video. Doesn't much matter to me if it is Mac or Windows (I don't really think there is much difference between them).

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@oscaroni: @bestbuysucks:

Just another vote for PlayOn... it is a great app for what it does. With it, pretty much anything I can watch on my PC at home (which is running PlayOn server), I can also watch on my iPad or iPod (don't have an iPhone, but if I did, it would work)or Android devices (Android devices require 2.2 with real Flash, not FlashLite) or a Wii or Xbox360 or PS3 or Roku or GoogleTV or other PC running XBMC or ... (see www.playon.tv for full list)

It is cheap ($5/month or $40/year or $80 one time) and not that hard to set up (it isn't quite plug and play but pretty close and there is plenty of help available online).

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@candre23: DO NOT pay for overpriced CM7 SD cards from ebay. Follow the instructions here to install CM7 on any SD card for free: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1000957

The above method (posted by xda-developers user verygreen, though mostly developed by others) is what I used to initially put CM7 on my nook. It is fairly straightforward, just follow the instructions carefully (unless you like frustration and making things harder than they need to be). (To clarify, the problems I'm having are because I redid the install a different way the second time (to get dual boot) and munged something with the nook firmware install.)

BTW- xda-developers is an extremely important site for anyone interested in Android development (ie. hacking) and now that you can download from them without having to create an account it is easier to get the stuff you need as well.

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@wouldyoulikesometinychicken: What's the status/range of the "hidden" bluetooth, now that they have hacked it open?

I believe I read something about it being measured in inches. (I'm guessing that it doesn't have much of (if any) antenna, since they never planned to let anyone use it.)

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I have a rooted on with an sdcard boot and it works great!

Issue with this "deal", they retail for $149.99 at B&N stores

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@c0: Sounds like you might have to go into a B&N store to get one at the $149.95 price?

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THIS is what I get for forgetting to login to Woot today. UGH! Thanks, though, for all the info :)

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@c0: He's mistaken, misread, or it's a typo. Nook Colors retail for $249 basically everywhere (B&N and Books a Million, too, ironically).

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love mine, running cm7 www.cyanogenmod.com , with opera mobile browser (free in market) its a great way of checking your daily sites like woot, has hardware beafy enough to run high end games, has a very high res screen, and unlike most tablets out there the nc is portable