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Cheap Android Tablets - Does Nook Color Qualify Now?
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This week Barnes & Noble released the long awaited software update for their Nook Color e-reader making the choice of e-readers even more difficult with the Nook Color looking more than ever like a cheap android tablet rather than simply an e-reader.

Perhaps for the first time you can really say that the Nook Color is able to compete as a cheap android tablet as well as a great e-reader for photo rich magazine content and for illustrated children's books. It is a cheap Android Tablet because, while it sells for around $275 compared to the Samsung Galaxy Pad at near $600 or even the Kindle DX e-reader at roughly $380, it can now be loaded with third-party Android software, making it a very cheap android tablet device.

The software update (version 1.2.0) is being rolled out automatically to Nook Color devices, but you can also install it manually via the B&N Color Support Site. You need to be aware that you cannot use all the android apps on your Nook unless you do some technical wizardry.

So I leave it to you to judge for yourself whether you think it is good enough to be called a cheap android tablet because the software available is still limited to around 125 apps available from the Barnes & Noble Nook Apps Store and it supports Adobe AIR and Flash.

Examples of the headline apps that are available include Angry Birds, Goodreads and Gameloft's Uno. There are also a few useful tools such as a dedicated email application and lots of the usual games like Chess, Suduko and Crossword Puzzles. As you would expect you can also store your photographs and contacts on the Nook Color.

With this new software update - if you want to compare Kindle vs Nook e-readers you really need to think about what you want to use your e-reader for. For example don't expect the Nook Color to have a battery that lasts for days like the e-ink black and white screen Kindle and Nook e-reader batteries. If a long lasting battery is what you want, so you can take your e-reader into the out back and get stuck into a good book or three, then the Nook Color is probably not the right choice.

But if you want color on your reader and you like the range of apps available from the Barnes & Noble Apps Store plus you want to use your e-reader for emails and contacts etc. and you are on a budget then for e-reader comparisons the Nook Color may be the cheap android tablet you desire.


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