Got it yesterday for my anniversary as a gift and was
loving it. Great size for a tablet, hardware performs well, screen is good, and
it's priced very well. If you want a tablet to read and watch "some" video it's
a good purchase, that would be even better if they had TV show and movie rentals
It would have gotten 4 starts, but this is why I am taking it back:
Up until yesterday's patch (v 1.4.1) the platform was fairly open. With very
little work you could download apps from Amazon's store or the Android Market.
The Nook Color has been a dream for hobbyists for a year now. But that patch
locked everything down and now you are limited to the sad collection of apps
from Barnes and Noble.
I don't want to completely reset the device and root it,
voiding my warranty just to get a handful of apps I wanted working on it like a
decent client for Google Reader.
They are following Amazon's lead who did the
same thing this week. I stopped using Apple products because of its locked down
environment and I'm not going to start playing the same game with another
company. I know this is only angering a bunch of technical people, but don't
forget that we are a very vocal group and often the first people our friends and
family come to for technical advice.
I recommend if you really want a cheap
tablet, to stick with the Kindle Fire, because their app and video market is
much better even if the hardware is not as good. But if you can afford it, get a
real Android tablet. Some decent one's can be had for only $50 more than the