25 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2012 1:55 PM by logdog

    Tablet and n2a Cards?

    Teeupaway

         It's been 2 days since the n2a cards have been released, and I've been anxiously awaiting reviews and other more brave souls' experience with it before ordering my own...  I'm surprised there hasn't been any more discussion about them!  An inquiring mind wants to know!  I enjoyed the NC with the android root, but have since given it to my daughter and kept the tablet - and have been collecting apps to sideload from Amazon free app of the day.

        (I realize that perhaps those who ordered them haven't even received them yet - but I wanted to get the discussion going!)

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          Mine is arriving today so I will post my impressions as soon as I get it and load it up.

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            gb18

            Does anyone know what (if anything) this card does with the partioning on the tablet?

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              Got my 32gb card tonight and so far, I really like it.  It is possible to go back and forth between Android and the tablet by rebooting to get back to the tablet as an earlier poster mentioned.  And when I say reboot, I mean via the popup menu.  Having to remove the card doesn't seem to be necessary, but I will continue to fool around with it.  The device boots into Android very quickly and I now really love being able to have HBO Go installed along with Netflix for streaming videos.  Everything is very quick and responsive.  This was a good investment.   

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                  Works like a dream, it made my day to see that beautiful CM7 screen come up.  I've got all my stuff transferred over and all my apps installed.  I put it through it's paces and it does everything I need it for flawlessly.  Five stars and two thumbs up.

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                  I have the NC since last year - along with the 8GB N2A card - and it's GREAT - I only go back to Nook mode for some magazines that requiire native Nook mode.

                   

                  For those that are new to all of this.... the SD Card goes into the Nook Coloir/Tablet -

                  there are DIFFERENT ONESbecause the boot technology is different between the NC vs the NT16.


                  You power it down, insert the SD Card, power it up and it dual boots from the SD Card.

                  With a quick choice of boot into the Nook natively, or default boot from the SD Card for full Android. 

                   

                  Nothing is modified on the Nook -

                  it's like booting a PC from a floppy or CDrom vs directly from the Hard Drive.

                  Once you are into Android mode - the full Android Market and all the normal apps are all there.

                   

                  Had been watching for the team to get a workable and bootable version for the NT - and just found out here - vs over on the N2A website - that they are currently shipping...

                   

                  Here's a link to the N2A store

                   

                  There does appear to be a problem with the newly avail 8GB NT vs the working 16GB NT -

                   

                  Will be good to keep reading the threads here and over on the N2A forums.... though they are hard to nav since the categories are overlapping...

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                      Thanks for the detailed info.  :smileyhappy:  Now if I could only decide between the 16 and 32gb.  :smileylol:

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                          Update on the con I posted in regard to the book settings options in the Nook app being fewer than the settings options offered on the default Nook OS:

                           

                          When the render widgets are enabled in the Android system (created? launched?) you are then able to recreate the backgrounds that are available when reading in the Nook Tablet settings. I was able to recreate a background similar to the butter background by using the Cal Cool render widget, I can do the same thing for the sepia background when using a different render widget. There are several option of render colors to pick and choose from, and each individual render recreates a background color that is in the default OS settings menu.

                           

                          Therefore, I rescind my con and can now think of ZERO cons at all. I am so very pleased with the n2a card and for those unwilling to root their devices, but still wanting a full Android OS, the n2a card is a simple solution.

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                              I assume we are using the same version of the Nook app, since I'm using the one that came preinstalled on my N2A card for Tablet.  The app does have the butter setting in it; I also prefer that setting, and I just confirmed that I have my app set to it right now.  I know nothing about render widgets, but they are not necessary.  You do have to scroll through the background settings to find butter, and it is a little touchy.  When I first opened the text options menu, all I could see was day/night, but all the settings are there if you scroll down from the night option.

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                          Your mention of the school using a proxy brings up another question that the 1.41 upgrade kept me from looking into. Our company uses a Citrix front end to get into the corporate network. I know there are clients for iphone/ipad and Android phones. I don't know anybody who has tried it with an Android tablet, yet. I sideloaded it on the NT and got to the point where it said that the tablet model wasn't registered. Then I gave up since, even if I got a different client, I couldn't install it. Has anybody with an n2a card tried to do anything with Citrix yet, for better or worse?
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                              Reisnice wrote:
                              Our company uses a Citrix front end to get into the corporate network. I know there are clients for iphone/ipad and Android phones. I don't know anybody who has tried it with an Android tablet, yet. I sideloaded it on the NT and got to the point where it said that the tablet model wasn't registered. Then I gave up since, even if I got a different client, I couldn't install it. Has anybody with an n2a card tried to do anything with Citrix yet, for better or worse?

                              interesting topic - suggest you take the above and post with "Citrix" in the title - also check the Search to see if it's been discussed here - and lastly, might post over on the N2A forum to again see if the topic of Citrix has been discussed and used...

                               

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                                Reisnice wrote:
                                Our company uses a Citrix front end to get into the corporate network.

                                Wonder if anyone has tried this - Citris Receiver -

                                 

                                As I previously mentioned, there are a couple of threads here mentioning Citrix - probably is still a better idea to start a totaly new thread, and post your question there.

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                                I have the 16gb NT with a 16gb n2a card and everything works great. Just got the 1.4.2 update with no problems booting from the card at all. The only issue i have found is with the email connecting to an exchange account when running the nook firmware. Love having the option to boot into full android mode with the market and everything else. I still run the nook firmware about half the time for books, etc. But i just like to have the option to use this thing to its potential. I have had a rooted android phone for two years, but just didnt want to root the NT and potentially lose the B&N reading experience. The n2a card gives you the absolute best of both worlds...
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                                    Just ordered my N2A card today. I didnt want to bother with rooting an dpossibly bricking my tablet. I cant wait to try it out but am not looking forward to having to reset my tablet to how I like it. I've got things working to where it functions how I need it ie. Kindle and some various other apps. But I need to be able to update apps which I havemt been able to do since sideloading was taken away. Hopefully the n2a card will do the trick.
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                                    I finally got mine today - the delivery date was supposed to be Thursday. Not too impressed with the USPS tracking.  But I couldn't be happier with the card itself!  I was lucky not to require a power connection to boot up the card, but even if I had it'd still be worth it.  

                                     

                                    I did note YouTube videos had moments of choppiness - not too horrible as the sound didn't cut, but noticeable. That was brought up as an issue on xda so will likely require a future update to fix.  I can go stock for that if need be in the meantime.

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                                        Is there an update service with the version of Android on N2A?

                                         

                                        Are there any real caveats I should consider?

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                                            PJLLB

                                            Hiberny wrote:

                                            Is there an update service with the version of Android on N2A?

                                             

                                            Are there any real caveats I should consider?



                                            I asked N2A about this.  Their reply: "All of our upgrades are provided via a download. Once the download is done you install it to your card and reboot the device. The upgrade will then be automatically installed."  So it appears there is an update process.
                                             

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                                                Would someone who has been using the n2a card for at least a few days please comment on the speed and 'snappiness' of the whole experience when using an OS running off the card vs. the originalfirmware.

                                                 

                                                Or, does the OS load into RAM at bootup ?

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                                            Gigi118
                                            Can you bounce back and firth between the stock nook and the card..? Where do you get this card? What are the advantages?
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                                              i just got mine for the nook ccolor and am dissapointed. i think its better just to buy a regular tablet.

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                                                I haven't seen anyone point out that it's also possible to download and install the Amazon app store  app and then download any of the apps there, a good number of which differ from what's available in the Android Market. 

                                                 

                                                http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/get-appstore/android  

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                                                  Ordered my N2A card for my NT on Monday, got it on Thursday. Purchased the 16GB card version. Installed and it performed flawlessly within about 45 seconds. Great option for those not wishing to root their NT and still want the experience of a full on android tablet. I did this so that I could avail myself of a few sketching apps not available currently for NT in their app store like SBM and Fresco.

                                                   

                                                  The only con that I have found so far, that has nothing to do with the N2A card, is that the android app available for Netflix does not perform as well as that specifically designed for the NT. The stream is sketchy and the audio lags. This is a widely reported problem throughout the android app reviews in amazon and market place. So- now that I have the option, I just reboot to Nook and watch a movie. For me it is all about options. Thanks to the N2A I have them.

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                                                    I have had the N2A card since it was released and I love it.  I have recommended it to a couple of friends and they are as sold on it as I am.  I don't normally jump for the brand new stuff right off but N2A had such a good rep I decided to go ahead and get it.  Now my tablet is everything I want it to be and more than I thought it could be.  I didn't want a larger tablet because my main purpose in getting the NT was to be able read comfortably in bed at night and the NT is perfect.  I found out tho that I did want some of the other apps that were only available for Android devices.  So, after doing a little research I stumbled across the N2A site.  If you don't have the card but you want the extra functionality of a NT I say go for it.  If you are on the fence about it go ahead and fall on over to their side.  You wont' regret it.

                                                     

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                                                        johnson01 wrote:

                                                        I have had the N2A card since it was released and I love it.  I have recommended it to a couple of friends and they are as sold on it as I am.  I don't normally jump for the brand new stuff right off but N2A had such a good rep I decided to go ahead and get it.  Now my tablet is everything I want it to be and more than I thought it could be.  I didn't want a larger tablet because my main purpose in getting the NT was to be able read comfortably in bed at night and the NT is perfect.  I found out tho that I did want some of the other apps that were only available for Android devices.  So, after doing a little research I stumbled across the N2A site.  If you don't have the card but you want the extra functionality of a NT I say go for it.  If you are on the fence about it go ahead and fall on over to their side.  You wont' regret it.

                                                         


                                                        I agree with you 100%.  I've only had the card for a week and I am amazed at what my tablet can do.  I was frustrated by the lack of apps that B&N provided, the broken email client, poor in store support, not being able to down load library books directly to the Nook, etc.  Now I love enerything about this tablet.  I don't even bother to reboot to the stock Nook because the default N2A has everything I want.  I can read Nook books, Kindle books and library books off the card.  All the free apps are amazing on this tablet.

                                                         

                                                        By the way, I really recommend the GasBuddy app and the K9 email app, all free.