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For those who have rooted it and installed Honeycomb, what's the Nook Color like to use as a tablet?

Is it stable enough to use daily or is it still kind of a novelty? What's functionality like in comparison to the Xoom or the iPad?

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keppy

Yeah, you definitely don't want to go the honeycomb route yet, it isn't in a state to use as a daily device. However, as mentioned by frankspin, the Gingerbread cyanogen mod is excellent, very easy to do, and makes this thing a tremendous value at $250 bucks.

The only negative is that the regular Android Nook app doesn't support magazines or children's books, both of which I have and would prefer to have access to again at some point. Hopefully that capability will make it into the normal Android app in the future. But for all the other benefits, it is definitely worth it to move on to Gingerbread and leave the Barnes & Noble build behind.

Honestly I think this is by far the best value tablet out their right now, hands down.
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shanesol

I can't say exactly because I don't have a Nook Color, but from what I know Honeycomb for the Nook is still very incomplete. There are some lag issues, as well as the fact that the full source code for Honeycomb still hasn't been released, so there are some things missing in the port.
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frankspin

The Honeycomb ROM that is available for the NookColor was built from the SDK, so while it is partially functional it is by no means a daily driver. The NookColor (Encore) is now an official device for CyanogenMod and the developer heading it has done some great work to make a CM7 port more tablet friendly. There is another developer who is working on building a lockscreen that functions very much like the Honeycomb lockscreen (he is the same one who built the rotary revamped lockscreens on the current CM builds).

For $250 I can't really complain about the functionality I get out of it. I pretty much use it for reading comics, Pulse News Reader and ReadItLater (no official InstaPaper on Android yet). After that it gets used in place of my laptop for general internet usage (twitter, facebook, email, evernote).
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suquetpaul

I do own a rooted NookColor. I bought it for the MERE PURPOSE of rooting it. As I live in Mexico City, and B&N store won't work here, I've got not use for the stock OS (which i HAVE to say, was great, and I LOVED the keyboard)...

I've rooted and intalled CM7 into the eMMC (internal memory). As booting from SD would be obviously slower.

I haven't tried HoneyComb, because I haven't got the time to load it into a microSD card and boot the NC from there (just to look at it, as I KNOW that I'm better off with CM7 GingerBread).

I have to admit, I do feel it a little sluggish usually. I would guess its because of the processor. Here in Mexico, I could easily sell my Nook Color for about $4,500 mexican pesos (around $400USDs), and get myself a Samsung Galaxy 7" WiFi Tab for $5,999 MXN.. I'd be willing to pay a little extra for the better processor. But, from what I've heard and read; it ain't much better. I have no use for the Bluetooth, and even if I'd certainly use the GPS, i have my Droid X for that... Thing is, I love my NookColor. It is so much more elegant than the Galaxy.

So, I'd keep the NC, and I'd stay on CM7 until CyanogenMod releases a new public software.
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