I have had my nook for about a year now and I have recently been thinking about getting a N2A card but I dont know if it is worth it or if I should just keep my nook how it is with the 1.4 uptade.
The N2A will not change your nook just give you another option to boot it one way or the other. You will still have all your nook just the way it is just by restarting. I decided to get one since I keep my files and books sideloaded anyway (you can still sideload on to the N2A card for storage) I can have the best of both worlds. Plus now I can stop debating with myself over getting one or not. LOL
I bought an N2A card because I knew I would never root my NookC and wanted the option of both worlds. Really though, the only change it made is my son plays Angry Birds on my NookC.
If you've had your NC for a year and still undecided about n2a then the major benefit might be what 'greatdanemom' said - "now I can stop debating with myself over getting one or not."
From PC Magazine:
N2A Cards (for Nook Color) : Android
If you already own a Nook Color, I can’t recommend the N2A cards highly enough. It adds a universe of apps and functionality to the device, without a huge price tag and without taking any action a simple reboot can’t undo.
Another good reason is that BN has now locked down the updated Nook Colors and Tablets to sideloading apps. Too bad BN is so greedy. Same apps that BN has are much cheaper on android or amazon markets
So, it's greedy of B&N to want you to buy apps from their store rather than installed 3rd party apps that don't benefit them? Seems like intelligent thinking to me. I wanted to able to use other apps so I bought the n2a card. If you aren't willing to spend the money, then quit complaining.
Although some apps are cheaper the main reason I have a n2a card is so I can get the apps I want. They aren't game necessarily but productivity apps you can't get on BN. I like the option of hundreds of thousands of apps that aren't available on my Color. B&N locking down the readers isn't intelligent to me.
I was able to make N2A myself using my sandisk micro SD card.
the article i used was http://tablet-mod.com/?p=6
How nice for you. I see you're so proud of yourself you posted this a couple of times. But... Please bear in mind the OP has had the NC for a year without making a decision. Such a person is not likely to be confident in making their own n2a card no matter how simple many people seem to find it. I know I wasn't. We are those to whom the n2a card is marketed. It may be cheaper to make your own but knowing one's limitations definitely has it value.
I had my N2A card for a week now and it is a little "buggy" I actually prefer the nook "as is"
Unless there is an android apps you can not live without I would just stick with your nook color as is but the N2A cards on ebay can come by rather cheap so you will not be at a financial loss if you want to give it a try.
If you really want the N2A benefits I would just upgrade to a regular android tablet for you can get tablets rater cheap now. I love my nook but barnes and nobile is going to have a very hard time competing in the tablet world for now full fledged tablets are getting cheaper. The HTC View and Lenovo A1 are now cheaper than the Nook Tablet and no restrictions on what apps you can download. If BN wants to stay in the tablet/nook business they are going to have to convert to a full android tablet with access to the android market. I will understand the need to block Amazon.com/Fire apps but they are going to need to give us the full android experience otherwise people are going to stop buying a Nook and go towards the other tablets on the market! it is a joke that BN makes us pay for apps that are free on the other tablets and we should not have to piddle around with a N2A card for what BN should be giving us to begin with.
Sorry I had a soapbox moment! LOL
Me too. Cyanogenmod 7 is rock candy, baby.
If you are not comfortable rooting but want access to the android market then a N2A is a great solution.
I am IT guy so I *have* to fiddle with any device I get. That and when a company says "You're locked into this" I cock an eybrow and say "Bet me". So my Nook Color is running ICS. I have completely removed the stock OS. My Nook Tablet is rooted. Mainly because ICS is still in the alpha stages of development and CM7 is, kinda of a side-grade not an upgrade from a technical perspective.
If I could have any one 3rd party reader ported to the Nook store it would be Cool Reader. I have .pdb dating back from my Handspring Visor on SD cards that this reader can open. I have tried moon reader and aldiko, and also fbreader. Cool Reader fits my needs best.
If you feel you want the additional functionality a N2A card can provide, then by all means go for it. I'd recommend creating one if you have some tech skill. If not just buy it. $40 is less then I spend a week on coffee and tea so it is very cheap.
There is one advantage to using an N2A card that has not been mentioned I think. As far as I know, it won't ruin your warranty.