9 Replies Latest reply on Nov 30, 2012 7:02 AM by patgolfneb

    Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?

      I'm in the market for a tablet (actually DH said he would make it my Christmas gift) but I don't know the differences between these options. Is the Nook HD the same as the Nook Tablet? I'm confused...And what about the Color? What are the differences between these devices?

       

      I read a LOT, but I have a NST that I will use for reading becasue of the e-ink. (Drooling over the Glowlight version that came out 2 months after I bought my NST, grr.)

       

      But for the tablet, I would like to do emails, web browsing, Netflix and Hulu, and probably some games or other apps. I would also like to download and use the Kindle reading app for those rare books that are only free on Amazon that I would like to scoop up.

       

      Thanks for the help!

        • Re: Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?
          Schwa

          There are a several comparison spec sheets at the bottom of the nook page

           

          But my own personal take would look something like:

          NOOKCOLOR: baseline model, ereader plus web, email, games, music, video, productivity apps, OS based on Android 2.2

           

          NOOK TABLET: the same interface and function of the Nook Color but faster, has microphone, available in 2 memory configs (8/16), OS based on Android 2.3

           

          NOOK HD/HD+: completely new interface, faster, much higher resolution screen, 2 screen sizes, larger screen offers larger memory configs (16/32), OS based on Android 4.0, and bluetooth

           

          IMHO, the Nook Color was a very successful experiment by BN.  Then the Nook Tablet was the hardware the NC should have had (once again my humble opinion).  The Nook HD is really the first true UPGRADE to the Nook line of tablet hardware and a huge leap over the NT.  

           

          Hope this helps.

          • Re: Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?
            BFCoughlin

            The Nook color is being phased out.  This means that, on the one hand, you can buy one cheap (I've seen $99), on the other hand, it's old technology and support will for it will wane.

             

            The HD/HD+ plus are the newest technology, so, if you can afford it, I'd recommend going there.  The NT is in the middle.

             

            HD/HD+ have better displays and are faster.  There are some features that are better than the NC/NT; but (I have the NC and the HD+) some I liked better in the NC.  None of them supports a Kindle app in its native form.  You can root or double boot the NC/NT so it will become a regular Android tablet.  If you do that, you can gt the Kindle app.  So far, this option doesn't exist for the HD/HD+.  I'm not well versed enough in the tech aspect to know if it's possible for this to be done with them. 

             

             

            • Re: Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?
              TnTexas

              This ADB thing has always been available for developers; hasn't it? If so, I'm not sure there's really been a change on B&N's part. People willing to go through the same hoops developers go through for testing their apps on the device can use the process to sideload apps. Those who either can't do it because the process makes no sense to them or aren't interested in jumping through the hoops still can't sideload 3rd party apps to the devices. Right? How is that different from how it's been since the "bug fix" for the Tablet?

                • Re: Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?
                  roustabout

                  On the nook color and nook tablet, to install software on unmodified device BN had to give you a provisioning file.  I was never offered one.  It was a file that BN gave only to people they wanted to be able to install and test software on the device.

                   

                  On the HD and HD+, anyone can install software on the device, without an invitation from BN.  This is a huge change in stance and reflects what many of us have been asking for for 2+ years. 

                   

                  (My guess is that it was a special APK that enabled the ADB daemon on the device, probably installed much like the update files for us are:  drop a zip file into main memory, reboot, and your device installs the software.)

                   

                  The HD and HD+ do not require a provisioning file.  On an unmodified device, you go to a menu in settings and tick "debugging," and your device listens for ADB connections.  This is far more open than the NC and NT were as delivered. 

                   

                  It does require a fair amount of attention be paid to get ADB working.  The sensitivity to having the adb_usb.ini file in the right place and correctly written, in particular, is new to me. 

                   

                  The biggest change, though, is that installing apps via ADB is now a documented feature of the HD/HD+ device family. 

                   

                  Also, the bootloader on the HD and HD+ is locked but uses a debugging setting which means that you can in fact boot other OSes.  CM10 is already in development for the device. 

                   

                  One interesting addition to the description of the system update is that BN has added apps to the list of things they won't blow out with a system update.  That's a new addition, and a promising one. 

                   

                  They do use a manifest file that checks whether or not the filenames you have in /system match what BN thinks you should have in /system.  If there's a mismatch, they do a device wipe.  However, they don't care if there are new directories, only new files in the directories they're scanning.  They also don't look very carefully at the files - so, for instance, folks are removing build.prop, creating a symlink to an alternate build.prop and the device is booting fine.  Earlier today, looking at an issue with the card reader on my device, I changed permissions on a system binary (to prevent it from running.)  My device didn't wipe, as I'd expected it to. 

                • Re: Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?
                  TnTexas

                  @roustabout & 5ivedom: Thanks for the clarification. Not being a developer, I wasn't aware of the hoops that have been removed. Sounds like this is a bit of a step forward for them then. Maybe they are beginning to change their minds a bit.

                    • Re: Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?

                      Dean, thanks for the correction.

                       

                      TnTexas, I think B&N has definitely taken a step forward.

                       

                      I wonder if they should just add an option - Pay $15 and get rooting ability. That will cover their costs for subsidizing the hardware (or rather - add some profits). And it will help people avoid all the jumping through hoops.

                       

                      Of course, then you'll get an endless stream of people complaining about having to pay to get root access.

                        • Re: Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?
                          bobstro

                          5ivedom wrote:

                          [...] I wonder if they should just add an option - Pay $15 and get rooting ability. That will cover their costs for subsidizing the hardware (or rather - add some profits). And it will help people avoid all the jumping through hoops.

                           

                          Of course, then you'll get an endless stream of people complaining about having to pay to get root access.


                          Wait... what's the $15 for? NOT using B&N's stuff? That I would fuss about.

                           

                          I'd suggest they just allow users to have the option and void their warranty when they choose to do so. Put it in big, bold, unmistakable letters, and what's B&N's objection at that point? Yes, some will still grouse but they'll have no leg to stand on. I've always understood that I undertake such things at my own peril. I can understand FT and others' annoyances at those who try something beyond their skills, fail, and expect B&N to eat the cost.

                      • Re: Difference between the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and Nook HD?
                        patgolfneb

                        BF Coughflin, is of course right, regular forum contributors to forums are self selecting. They do act as voices clarifying market expectations. Because the nook color attracted tech savy people looking for a economy tablet, after rooting, this forum has a higher representation of posters with IT and programing backgrounds. 

                        It also attracts people with an interest in books and publishing, writing, as well as those just seeking product information and support. 

                        This mix means that average purchasers may not have the same expectations. Still avid readers identify issues like shelving. Tech savy users identify possible uses BN's traditional users would be unaware of, future growth opprotunities. Just like avid golfers, gamers, antiquers, foodys etc they have a greater awarness and more specific ideas about what constitutes a quality product. At least monitoring these forums is a great way to get quick product feedback and ideas for future products.