50 Replies Latest reply on Oct 18, 2015 11:08 AM by patgolfneb

    We've got a new NOOK!

    EB613

      Well then.

       

      We've got the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK! http://nook.barnesandnoble.com/u/samsung-galaxy-tab-s2-nook-8-inch-tablet/379004444

       

      Does this mean NOOK is actually gonna be...okay? Discuss.

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          Froide

          Many more articles on the subject, from around the Web,  are linked at All Android News

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            sdstoryteller

            Like the look, like the specs, but the price is scary. The 10-inch version is $150 cheaper!

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                EB613

                I agree. The price drives me away COMPLETELY.

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                    The model your  talking about has top end specs,  with an amoled screen.  The AsusZenbook has close  to the same specs but sacrifices several hours battery life for 199,  The amoled screen saves battery but both screens are spectacular and very quick.  The Asus  comes with 32 GB  and I added a 64 GB external. 

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                    mogulman

                    The major difference is the screen resolution and memory.  I got the SGTN 10.1 using the trade in program.  I just don't see the advantage.  I like the 10.1" since I can see PDFs in landscape mode.  I really think I would have a hard time with an 8" tablet.  Movies already look amazing on the 10.1 so I don't see how it will look that much better.  I bought a 64GB SD card and have more than enough room and I still have 8GB free on the main card.  If I was going to spend that money I would rather buy an MS Surface 3 for $600.

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                    EB613

                    I think the S2 NOOK looks fabulous, but even with my membership it's still not cheap enough. I'm wondering if BN will do a trade-in program...

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                      MacMcK1957

                      $400????  Seriously?  When the 10-inch is $250?  The main upside this one offers is 32 GB onboard instead of 16, but that really wouldn't matter if they cleaned up the ability to offload stuff to the SD card.

                       

                      I'll pass.

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                        laurieb52

                        I'Ve been trying to buy a regular Samsung tablet for the last year, but was unwilling to buy without at least 32 gig onboard memory,as my HD+ has 32 g memory, and is half full. Saw earlier in the week Samsung was taking preorders for this same tablet at the same price, of course, without the B&N preloads. Will definitely check it out.

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                            Froide

                            I'Ve been trying to buy a regular Samsung tablet for the last year, but was unwilling to buy without at least 32 gig onboard memory,as my HD+ has 32 g memory, and is half full. Saw earlier in the week Samsung was taking preorders for this same tablet at the same price, of course, without the B&N preloads. Will definitely check it out.

                            Which:  BN's, or Samsung's?

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                            seacitylady

                            They have got to be kidding with the price! There is a LOT of competition at that price point. I bought a Samsung Note 10.1 2014 Edition in December for $329 on a special 4 hr sale. (Not a refurb) It originally sold for $549. It has 32gig of memory & way better specs. I also have an Ipad but I like this tab a lot better. Higher DPI then the Ipad & so fast! Did not think I would use pen function much but I do. You can now get a refurb now for around the same price.  I sideload everything using Calibre Companion & use Moon+ as my ereader. So glad I have all my Nook books future proofed!

                             

                            Not too concerned about the sd card issue as I mainly use it for music & audiobooks. I still have an HD+ but really do not use it much. Was holding on to it incase BN came out with a new I-ink model & I could use as a trade. Looks like that is not going to happen. Funny but the only Nook I now use with regularity is an old Nook Simple Touch as I use it outside to read by the pool.

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                              bobstro

                              There is no comparison between the Tab S2 and basic Tab 4 lines. The screen on the new tablet is astoundingly good, with 1.9 GHz CPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and 2048x1536 (QXGA) resolution on a Super AMOLED display compared to the Tab 4 10.1's 1.2 GHz CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and 1280x800 (WXGA) LED. The AMOLED display alone is a vast improvement. A lot of people on Mobileread praised it for low-light reading. There's a perfectly good reason it costs more than the old Tab 4 10.1 predecessor. There's always the chance that this is the "small" version, with a 10 inch to follow just as with the Tab 4 line.

                               

                              This is the premium tablet/reader that many people claimed they wanted. Now to see if they buy it. Frankly, given B&N's moves lately, I don't see why they would, but perhaps B&N is hoping that some of the demand for high-end eInk readers that Amazon and Kobo have captured will translate to tablets.

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                                  mogulman

                                  I agree it has several better features but it is worth the money.  For me, it is not.  On the 10.1" the processor is plenty fast, 1280X800 is good enough, 16GB main memory and 64GB SD card is more than adequate.  I really like the larger 10.1" display.  Samsung is bringing out a 9.7" version which is around $500.  Don't know if B&N will carry it.  If I was going to spend that kind of money I would buy a Microsoft Surface 3 for $600.

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                                    AnitaInTN

                                    Yes, this is the tablet I wanted when I bought the SGT4N-7 last year.  Likely, anyway (I'm sure I will hold one to test fit my hand very soon).  I'm bumping up on the memory limits with the SGT4N-7....had to force a bunch of bloatware apps closed (well - ditch their updates) recently to let useful GoogleMaps update, sluggish performance if I keep a National Geographics magazine loaded.  If they offer a buy-back offer for the SGT4N-7 - I'm in line for this one.  The 10inch tablets are just too big for one-handed reading, for easy fit in the purse for travel, etc.  The better screen is attractive (vs. GT4 line), but the real sell is memory and SD card + I do like the "Read in Store".  (RIS being a reason to go with this one vs. the plain Samsung S2 at Best Buy, etc.)  But it is a pain to re-load the BN library on a new device regardless of whose device - BN version or just the Nook App (one book at a time....I just crossed 1600 last week.  That's a lot of clicks).  BN could fix that with a button, if they wanted to (which has driven me to Calibre Companion...and I'm not sure I'll bother loading the BN library the next time I upgrade devices).  I'll wait a bit & see.  I'm not that interested in their free content offerings (I still haven't read the free books they chose for me for the SGT4N) - let's see how much respect they give their "elder" devices in a buy-back offer.

                                     

                                    I for one am not sorry this is not an e-ink reader.  I want color (nice covers, photo-heavy magazines) and Calibre Companion, so tablet.  I've got about 200 more ebooks in my BN library to pull into Calibre, and then continued maintenance of the full BN Nook library on device will be less important.    (It has taken awhile because I edit the metadata, add my own tags & series numbers and tweak the titles in series where BN cannot for sanity's sake or any clue be consistent - this one has the series and number directly in title, the next one it's in parentheses, the previous one didn't mention the series at all in the title, etc.  Mass metadata upkeep is necessary but also boring.  I'd rather read....) I can send my full Calibre library with one big selection, click send books. Done.  Anytime I get a new device, which, incidentally, removes a huge disincentive for me to buy a new device.  (In case anyone at BN consumer sales research is paying attention.  BN really does need a "device migration plan".  No, "Trust our cloud!" is not adequate.)

                                     

                                    My NC remains on future-proofing duty/backup.  They can't have that back, and I have discovered Newpower99 (http://www.newpower99.com/default.asp), a wonderful source for batteries not intended by the OEM to be replaced by the enduser but which are actually quite easy to replace.  I saw this reference either here or on MR.  My NC battery is still ok, but my Subaru2011-specific TomTom Eclipse battery was completely poofed.  TomTom battery now replaced, and the TomTom is again fully functional.  Now to find where I'm supposed to dispose of the "Don't throw this in the trash!" old, poofy battery.  Details, details....  [For the record: my only association with the battery company is 1 replacement battery ordered, installed, and very happy customer.]  If any of you have a device with a dying battery - check them out.

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                                        mogulman

                                        AnitalnTN, I think you are right to compare the 7" SGTN to the new 8" model.  If they ever release the 9.7" model that should be compared to the 10.1" version.  The 7" model has a severe limitation with memory only having 8GB.  I don't even think it has enough room for the Lollipop update.  I think they had enough complaints that were forced to come out with a better model.  It is interesting to note that B&N actually released the 8" model at the same time Samsung released it ( or maybe before they did).  So the real cost is $150 versus $400 or $250 more.  I expect most will find that hard to swallow.

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                                            AnitaInTN

                                            I'm not sure $150 vs $400 is comparing apples to apples.  I see it like bobstro - one is an entry level device, the other premium.  Two different targets; the buyer decides which level they want.  (At least if BN continues selling both.)  I'll trade the SGT4N-7 in very happily, if they'll give me $50 or so for it towards an S2N-8.

                                             

                                            Considering a reader upgrade...I was in the right mood and (finally) finished 1st pass through pulling all into Calibre yesterday.  Have to do a little checking that I didn't miss anything (Nook for PC is a little strange and sometimes leaves things out or pulls in things already downloaded for no apparent reason....), so I'm almost ready to switch completely over to CC library mgt on-device.  Which means reader device upgrade (including library migration) will be very simple. :-)

                                             

                                            Review of S2N-8:  I did visit the local BN Friday.  The S2N-8 "holds" like a trade paperback.  Getting a little large for my hand, but ok.  I don't particularly want a device that is physically any bigger.  I didn't have a lot of time, but I checked a few things.  Memory - 32G on board, as advertised.  Of which, nearly 8G is occupied.  Yes, EIGHT.  I suppose that could be seen as an improvement:  The S2N's 8 out of 32 is 25% vs. the SGT4N-7's nearly 4 out of 8 being 50%, but, still, EIGHT?  Next time I am in Best Buy, I plan to compare to a straight Samsung S2 without the BN shell.  I do like having the shell (for my reader) with the "reading now" icon and the Read in Store capability (yes, a pro-BN shell bias).  But, CC added a widget that acts as "reading now" not so long ago, so the remaining BN shell advantage is RIS.

                                             

                                            The S2N has a bunch of pre-loaded stuff, including MS Office ("Oh, how nice....wait a minute, this is my READER for RELAXATION...what do i want work stuff on my READER?!?").  I'm pretty ambivalent about that.  It would be better if I had the option of really deleting what bloatware I don't want.  (Froide? someone has posted methods of doing this....may be worth pursuing.)  Shelves appear to work the same as earlier BN models.  I read a post awhile back where Alex said the shelves would get the ability to be backed up (if that wasn't just wishful thinking on my part) - but it's never been obvious to me, and I gave up on BN shelves the 2nd time my NC crashed and had to be re-loaded.  It may be there, but I haven't seen it and won't waste time looking.  If I did get a BN e-ink reader (non-tablet) not capable of CC...well, I won't.  Library mgt (or not) is a deal-breaker for me.

                                             

                                            Storage issues:  Again, video can be sent to the SD card with a simple check on a box in Nook Settings.  Magazines and books in the BN library can only go to on board memory.  No check box for them.  See CC.  CC has a nice check box to store the CC library on the card if you want (I do).  This is not as big an issue with 24G available on board the S2N-8, but then I thought it would take longer for me to fill up the SGT4N-7, too. Magazines, and I would presume graphic art novels/comics, take a lot of space.

                                             

                                            The screen looked very nice, the camera spec's are better than the SGT4N-7, and it was very quick response for whatever I looked at, jumping around screens.    I didn't inquire into cellular connectivity in addition to Wifi and BT...I typically only enable the Wifi when I'm downloading books or shopping at BN, anyway.  Not sure I would use cellular enough to pay for a data plan.

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                                                MacMcK1957

                                                I guess I'm a little confused about the camera upgrade.  How good a camera do you really want on a phone or tablet?  How good can it really be?  The existing camera on the other models was fine for taking what we used to call snapshots.  For real photography, I have an actual Canon camera.  Let's face it, no matter how many megapixels you provide on a tablet, it's still limited by the built-in lens, which isn't really going to compare, is it?

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                                                    AnitaInTN

                                                    I'd agree with you on the camera - you notice I said "spec's" because it is not something I use.  However, in an earlier review (of SGT4N-7 vs. NC), some comments pointed out that just because I didn't want a feature, others might.  (Audio being another such feature....although I am listening to a lot of audiobooks these days.)

                                                     

                                                    This time, the camera was just something I did notice in my admitted short review time (about 1/2hr at the store).  I haven't bought one to take home & play with for a more comprehensive review.  Cameras are apparently popular enough that those numbers (for both front & back cameras) are "front & center" on a lot of tablet ads.  So - FWIW, to those that care about cameras.

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                                                      bobstro

                                                      MacMcK1957:

                                                       

                                                      I guess I'm a little confused about the camera upgrade.  How good a camera do you really want on a phone or tablet?  How good can it really be? 

                                                      On a phone, I want as good a camera as possible. The new 8 MP and up cameras are pretty spectacular, certainly enough for my needs, and it's nice to always have one in my pocket without another device. I'm getting a lot more pictures with my phone than I ever did with the nice little camera that I never seemed to have on me.

                                                       

                                                      On a tablet, a camera is still useful. Beyond the infrequent snapshot, they're handy for scanning barcodes or reminders. My main use is for capturing whiteboards during meeting, with the image seamlessly inserted right along with my handwritten or typed notes on my tablet. Another guy I work with uses it to capture his paper notes in the same way. Yes, it looks dorky taking the pics, but it's a real lifesaver. They can also be handy for video calls or conferences, where a phone is a little too small and I can't be at my desk for some reason. I was at a location that had excellent wifi and Internet access, but dismal cell coverage (rural PA). I was able to handle several WebEx presentations on my tablet.

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                                                          DeanGibson

                                                          Bob George:

                                                           

                                                          MacMcK1957:

                                                           

                                                          I guess I'm a little confused about the camera upgrade.  How good a camera do you really want on a phone or tablet?  How good can it really be? 

                                                          On a phone, I want as good a camera as possible. The new 8 MP and up cameras are pretty spectacular,

                                                           

                                                          Recently I was witness to a severe road accident (rollover), and the driver that caused it left the scene.  I followed him and while driving (do NOT do this at home!) I took nine pictures of the vehicle and license plate.  Given the wide angle of the camera lens, I could barely see the license plate on the image on the phone, let alone read the plate.  However, when I got home, downloaded the images to my PC, and zoomed in, the letters/numbers on the license plate were perfectly clear.  I was surprised at how good the images are.  I was also surprised that the one ten-second video I took of the vehicle driving, occupied 25 MB !!!

                                                           

                                                          Yes, the Washington State Patrol detective was very interested in getting the images ("I will meet you any time, anywhere"), and the driver was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run.

                                                           

                                                          All you have to do is watch the news for a week, to see that this is very common these days.  Not necessarily hit-and-runs, but everyday people recording public events and crimes.

                                                           

                                                          Remember Dr. Z in Oregon?  If it's done in public view, it's not only public, it's recorded, whether we like it or not.  I happen to think that, on the whole, it's a good thing.

                                                           

                                                          There !!!  That ought to get the forum moving again ...

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                                                              XRaiderV1

                                                              yeah I think a camera on a tablet is a good idea in this case.

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                                                                bobstro

                                                                I am glad that you weren't trying to do this with a tablet!

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                                                                  AnitaInTN

                                                                  That is some camera story!  Technology is amazing....Even when we think we don't want/need it....it grows on us.

                                                                   

                                                                  From my earlier post above about the SGTS2N-8:

                                                                  "Memory - 32G on board, as advertised.  Of which, nearly 8G is occupied.  Yes, EIGHT.  I suppose that could be seen as an improvement:  The S2N's 8 out of 32 is 25% vs. the SGT4N-7's nearly 4 out of 8 being 50%, but, still, EIGHT?  Next time I am in Best Buy, I plan to compare to a straight Samsung S2 without the BN shell."

                                                                   

                                                                  Update on the SGTS2/N-8 memory - they BOTH have essentially 8G of their 32G memory occupied by system and various apps/bloatware.  The generic version has MS Office, too.  I haven't decided if I will consider it bloatware or not.  For the time being, I have plenty of memory. 

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                                                              Froide

                                                              It would be better if I had the option of really deleting what bloatware I don't want.  (Froide? someone has posted methods of doing this....may be worth pursuing.)

                                                              See https://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/search.jspa?q=%22link2sd%22+AND+%22Froide%22

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                                                                laurieb52

                                                                I purchased the S2 about 10 days ago; feedback is as follows:

                                                                 

                                                                The tablet is lighting fast, and I couldn't ask for a crisper display. (I didn't purchase the Galaxy tab because I didn't like the display and the 8 and 16g onboard storage was a non-starter for me). Also, it’s incredibly light; without a cover, you hardly know you are holding anything. I have 940 B&N books downloaded, and 300+ books sideloaded, 31 apps(including the Microsoft suite), 110 photos(80 mg) and 60 songs (400 mg) on the device. My 128g SD card holds all of my movies.

                                                                The memory used by the system is 6.57 gigs; with about 10 gig for applications, which includes the preloaded MS Office Suite (not quite a gig) and nook application with books(2.3 gig of books).

                                                                • For those of you with aging eyes, the book icons when scrolling through shelves or in the library are larger, and the scrolling is much smoother than on the HD or HD+.
                                                                • I also loved that my shelves from my Samsung phone synched to the new tablet; now that was a surprise! (However, once you sideload a book and shelve it, that shelf no longer seems to sync to the other Samsung device.
                                                                • I have a lot of movies and the built-in speakers play louder than those on the HD models.
                                                                • If you sideload books from Calibre, you have to move them into the Nook folder/My files for them to be discoverable by the library. However, your sideloaded books are all together and can be sorted by recent or title for shelving, and it’s a lot easier to make sure you’ve shelved them.
                                                                • Whereas on the HD’s all profiles from one HD showed up on the next, on the S2, you can elect whether or not to add the additional profiles.
                                                                • All of the Microsoft Apps/documents can be synced to One Drive.
                                                                • You can create mini-folder icons of apps by category; instead of having to open the complete folder of apps, I have one icon for all of my music apps, another for games, one for movies, another for Microsoft apps, and so on. (I’m assuming this is also available on the Galaxy tabs with the Lollipop update).
                                                                • The stock video player allows for some movie editing, and you can turn on “play movie audio” only.
                                                                • You can create distinct subfolders in the stock photo gallery app without resorting to another photo app.
                                                                • The stock music player sorts music not only by artist and genre, but also by composer.
                                                                • There are two separate “settings” icons, one for hardware, storage and display personalization, and one for all things nook.
                                                                • Instead of having to go to each individual app to delete the cache, you just need to go to settings, device storage and tap on an all-inclusive “delete cache”.

                                                                Book counts are back on shelves too.Yea!

                                                                CONS:

                                                                • The S2 has had one update, and after the update, all of the sideloaded books disappeared, leaving a blank paper icon in its place on the shelves. The blank icons could not be deleted; the only way to get rid of them was to delete the shelf and create a new one. However, afterwards, I did discover if you just re-sideload the books, they will show up automatically on the shelves, replacing the blank paper icon.
                                                                • The nook video library is not fully functional yet; only 112 of my 1000+ movies show in the library. According to Nook support, there is supposed to be an update to address this issue.
                                                                • You can’t use Mitch’s Movie Gallery app for converted movies, so none of my sideloaded movies have covers. There were probably 15 nook apps on my HD that are not compatible with the S2, but most of them were easily replaced with free google apps.
                                                                • I really miss the reading carousel on the nook HD; I liked being able to load it up with 25 "to read" books accessible at a touch. The S2 library widget does not allow you to remove a book from the widget once it's read.

                                                                 

                                                                I was able to order 2 Moko covers from Amazon; a really thin magnetic one in aqua for $10, and a navy leather one with a built in keyboard for $29. The keyboard paired readily (it doesn’t take a battery, but uses a USB cable to charge); it also adheres to the inside cover magnetically, and can be removed to lighten the load

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                                                                    XRaiderV1

                                                                    the only thing i dont like is its aspect ratio is specced at 4:3, when the screen, rotated landscape, can clearly go wide screen, instead we're left with a full screen(square, think old style crt televisions) image.

                                                                     

                                                                    I could be wrong....it has been a few days since I checked the specs.

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                                                                      bobstro

                                                                      Do the sideloaded books show up with covers? If so, that's a big fix from the original B&N software on the NGTS7.

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                                                                          laurieb52

                                                                          Sideloaded books have covers AFTER you move them from where Calibre puts them (books folder) into the Nòok/My files folder.

                                                                          See my them in my files.

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                                                                              MacMcK1957

                                                                              My recollection from when I tried (a while back) it is that covers properly show up (if you put the books in the right folder) for books sideloaded onto the main memory.  However, they would not show up for any books sideloaded onto the SD card.

                                                                               

                                                                              There are a bunch of issues with the SD card functionality that were never addressed in the Nook app on the Samsungs.

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                                                                                  bobstro

                                                                                  MacMcK1957 - Ah, that's right. Well, at least with 32 GB internal storage, this is less of an issue than on the NGTS7.

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                                                                                      DeanGibson

                                                                                      Despite my liking the the B&N manufactured devices, I think B&N got out of that business just in time, with Amazon's new $50 color tablet.  Reminiscent of the Nook Color.  I was walking down memory lane on another forum earlier this week, and I was reminded how popular the new Nook was ...

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                                                                                          bobstro

                                                                                          When I look at my stack of Nooks, it reminds me of so many things that had great potential that was never realized. The Apple II GS, Osborne "portables". If B&N had ridden the cult craze that the NC inspired rather than reverting to paranoia, they might still be at least in the game. It sounds like they're at least looking at some nicer Samsungs, but I wonder if that's just because they committed to shoveling out a million sammys. Kobo seems to be staying in the game, and although they're a much larger company that B&N, they don't build their own units either, focusing instead on the (excellent) software.

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                                                                                              DeanGibson

                                                                                              Bob George:

                                                                                               

                                                                                              ... If B&N had ridden the cult craze that the NC inspired rather than reverting to paranoia, ....

                                                                                               

                                                                                              Yep;  if they'd committed to getting Android Market on the NC or the NT when they saw the popularity, then the HD line would have been a big success, I think.  B&N needed to adjust prices and support for a general purpose tablet in the end (with the HD line);  it's too bad they didn't do it earlier.

                                                                                               

                                                                                              Even now, there's still a cult Nook following on XDA-devs.  The Nook 1st Ed. is out of the picture, but some XDA-devs have CM 11 running on the Nook Simple Touch !!  Yes, battery life isn't (ahem) the best, and there's not much (ahem) memory space (RAM or storage), but it shows the continuing interest in the Nook line.  Of course, almost all the Nooks having a bootable microSD card slot, was a HUGE factor in the cult popularity:  Not only did it make rooting easy, but you could boot anything and still keep your device virgin.  I don't know of any other present or past Android device that has/had that capability.

                                                                                               

                                                                                              I still use my HD+ (running CM11, and CM12/Lollipop is available) every day (and not for reading eBooks).

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                                                                                                  mogulman

                                                                                                  Developing tablets is incredibly expensive.  B&N could never keep up to the likes of Samsung and other tablet makers.  Samsung has a huge market share compared B&N.  They can leverage their cellphone technology.  I have to give B&N kudos on the NookColor.  They turned heads on what could be done for a reasonable price.  I still use my NC.  Once they set the direction for the market they just didn't have the depth, breadth and market share to stay on the treadmill.   I thought when Microsoft made their investment they would have a partner to drive the market, however, nothing came out of it.  I posted something like this years ago when the the NC came out. 

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                                                                                Froide

                                                                                Ah, here it is!

                                                                                The better screen is attractive (vs. GT4 line), but the real sell is memory and SD card + I do like the "Read in Store".  (RIS being a reason to go with this one vs. the plain Samsung S2 at Best Buy, etc.)

                                                                                 

                                                                                When I couldn't find it, I posted my response at: Read In Store: You ARE accessible on non-NOOK devices via the NOOK app.

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                                                                                    AnitaInTN

                                                                                    Ain't that interesting!   Looks like a visit to BB may be in order.  I asked for a buyback....they're offering a darn good one.  And BN is not.

                                                                                     

                                                                                    Thanks for the info, Froide (and on the off-loading of unwanted bloatware)!

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                                                                                        XRaiderV1

                                                                                        can you link to the BB buyback offer?

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                                                                                          AnitaInTN

                                                                                          This thread discusses the buy back promotion at BB.  I don't know how long it lasts (may have been a holiday promo).

                                                                                           

                                                                                          Bad news on the Read in Store - generic Android Nook App does *not* RIS.  Everything goes "Read Sample", which is ok but not as good.

                                                                                           

                                                                                          Most annoying, the sample installs itself like a book in your account and has to be manually deleted from account, either via at BN's website or my old NC will delete it.  Spiffy new Android Nook App doesn't permit delete on device (that I've found); neither did the BN Shell Nook App on my old SGT4N-7, for that matter.  Worth keeping the old NC around for simple account maintenance!

                                                                                           

                                                                                          The Android Nook App needs some more work.  It also doesn't appear to handle side-loaded magazines well, either.  Anybody know a good reader app for magazines?

                                                                                           

                                                                                          Edit:  There's been a Nook App update.  There's now a version labeled for Galaxy Tab 4 in Google Play.  It works fine on a Tab S2 also.  My side loaded magazines are now as wonderful as direct downloads.  Very happy customer.    (Still, no RIS, but I suppose RFS will do.)

                                                                                    • Re: We've got a new NOOK!

                                                                                      Bob,  I  already posted this,  but if you can live with shorter battery life,  the Samsung has exceptional battery life,  the Asus Zenpad 8 is very competitive,  similar screen specs,  not amoled,  quad core 64 cpu, 32gb internal,  external SD,  I added  64 GB.  199 Best Buy. I  find the 8 inch size perfect after having 7 and 10 inch tabs.

                                                                                    • Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                                                                                      gb18

                                                                                      When you get into this price range, look at cell service connection capable units. For a little more, you aren't restricted to wifi.

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