8 Replies Latest reply on Nov 27, 2012 10:28 AM by Science_man

    Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.

      I am sure this subject has been brought up before, but I am bringing it up again because this is just unfair for the customer.

       

      I got my Nook Tablet a year ago, and have always felt like I got **bleep** when it comes to Apps.  I paid how much for this thing, and all to get secondhand apps that are all glitchy, poor interfaces and without any support.  Why is it that I cannot get access to the Andriod Store, instead of this terrible Barnes and Noble store that doesn't even add apps to it's appstore.  It's sad that the only bone ever thrown at us was Netflix. Big whoops.

       

      If I wanted a glorified book, I would've paid 50$'s for a standard reader, not 200$'s for a tablet.  I am honestly ready to go to Kindle because of this.  They seem to actually give a damn about their customers.

        • Re: Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.

          All I can say is that you should have done your homework a little better before buying the Nook Tablet.  If you'd done so, you would have known that you would only have access to the B&N App Store.

          • Re: Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.
            Gail-and-John
            Nook Color or Nook Tablet? If NC, search for cyanogenmod in yer browser and learn how to install Cyanogenmod 7.2
              • Re: Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.
                BruceMcF

                Gail-and-John wrote:
                Nook Color or Nook Tablet? If NC, search for cyanogenmod in yer browser and learn how to install Cyanogenmod 7.2

                Or find out how to root the stock kernel and get the GooglePlay marketplace on the Nook Color or the Amazon and GetJar marketplaces on the Nook Tablet.

                 

                But the second comment above is dead on: anyone who had done a minimal amount of homework that (1) doesn't want to play around with rooting one way or the other and (2) primarily wants a large selection of apps would (3) not freaking buy a B&N Nook Tablet.

                 

                When all the CNet, PC World, Digital Reader and etcetera reviews say it has a limited selection of apps, who in their right mind buys it if they primarily want a rich selection of apps?

                  • Re: Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.
                    orb9220

                    Great replies and agree now $200 gets you the Nexus 7 or Galaxy Tab 7 which is the route I recommend for those looking for tablet'ese type performance. My friend got the Galaxy Tab a week ago and is happy with it.

                     

                    Tho those willing to do some elbow grease and only has a $100 range and still wants a tablet experience still can with the recent decline in prices. And with Black Friday $99 nook color or $129 for nook tablet makes it the best bang for the buck tablet still.

                    I knew going in would be learning how to roll my own CM7 card to have access to those Other Gardens!

                     

                    And now with "Jelly Bean" official "Nightlies" firmware can upgrade my nook color again. Before Christmas will be running Jelly Bean and loving it!

                     

                    And still fullfill my needs till next year or when it dies out knowing I got my monies worth out of it.
                    .

                • Re: Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.
                  Mark_OB1

                  Daginni pops in to stir the pot...

                   

                  > I got my Nook Tablet a year ago, and have always felt like I got **bleep** when it comes to Apps.  I paid how much for this thing, and... I cannot get access to the Andriod Store... <

                   

                  Sorry you got bleeped.  How dare they release a device that does exactly what they claimed it would do?  The sheer audacity!  I'm outraged.

                   

                  If that is your priority, you really should have a) not bought it, or b) circumvented it.  But to come in with a shovel just to dig up a dead horse so you could beat it seems more than a little ridiculous.  :smileywink:

                   

                  - Mark

                   

                  P.S.  I also disagree with your assertion that all NC Apps are terrible.

                   

                   

                  • Re: Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.

                    Could you give some examples of apps that are terrible on Nook and really good on Android?

                     

                    I'm very curious to see examples of poor quality Nook Apps that - are all glitchy, poor interfaces and without any support.

                     

                    And also the corresponding Android Apps which are very good.

                     

                    I have a Nexus 7 tablet and I'd be very interested in checking out the differences.

                      • Re: Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.
                        bobstro

                        5ivedom wrote:

                        [...] And also the corresponding Android Apps which are very good.


                        There are several ways of responding, depending on how you meant the question to read. Are you asking for "very good" apps available from the Play Store but not available from B&N, or only apps which are poor on the B&N app store, but good from the Play Store?

                         

                        Assuming the former, here are my "must have" apps. There may be "equivalent" apps, but these provide specific functionality that I want that makes them "very good", IMO:

                         

                        1. Enhanced Email. Excellent integration of all email, including MS Exchange 2010 with Enterprise features into a single app. I use this for my corporate, gmail and personal IMAP accounts. EE goes beyond just email by integrating address books and calendar events into a single interface (all user selectable, of course). All contacts and calendar events are imported into the native Android apps, so everything "just works" with every other app. It's really nice seeing my Tripit travel itinerary on the same calendar as my work and personal calendars, for example.

                         

                        2. Mantano Reader Premimum: Shelving and library integration done right. Imports Calibre metadata for all titles. Optional subscription service for syncing between devices. All features work with ALL ebook content. Reads B&N DRM. Integrates PDF & epubs into a single interface and library display. If I'm going to buy an "ereader", I'd like to access ALL my ebook content with the same features, thank you.

                         

                        3. Dropsync: Selective and highly configurable scheduled synchronization of Dropbox folders to my device. I use this to download daily subscription updates created by Calibre on my home system to my device each morning before I wake. (I'm gradually replacing this with FolderSync which provides the same features using other cloud services, as well as SCP/FTPS).

                         

                        4. Gentle Alarm/Sleep Now: Highly configurable sleep and wake to music, whitenoise etc. I tried a dozen or so different programs and settled on these as the best for my needs.

                         

                        5. Amazon MP3, Google Play Music: Yes, I realize B&N doesn't like these, but I have a significant existing investment. Carrying a 2nd device to access music I already purchased is asking a bit much, as is asking me to repurchase it all from B&N.

                         

                        6. Google voice: Transcription of my voice messages. Not perfect, but very useful. Nice to send texts from my tablet. (Yes, it's Google. These are MY needs, however.)

                         

                        This isn't to say that the B&N App store hasn't improved. I was pleased with the implementations of My6Sense and Screebl before I abandoned the B&N walled garden.

                         

                        Yes, there may be equivalents to some of thse. Some may exist in the B&N app store, but it's too tedious to search things there to verify. These are a few of the "best of breed" that best meet MY needs as defined by ME. Using a device without any of these requires me to make other, sometimes silly, compromises if I'm carrying around a tablet device.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                      • Re: Nook Color Apps are terrible.  Give me the Android store.

                        Email the ap maker directly, asking them to sell the ap on the BN store.   Post the link here and we'll email them as well.   The more people ask for an ap, the more likely an ap maker will put it up (they need to see they'll make $$).