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Old 11-17-2016, 02:19 PM   #16
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Old 11-17-2016, 03:37 PM   #17
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Barry, try changing launchers. It made my Nook HD+ much more pleasant to use.
Which launcher do you use? I've always just used the standard launcher on all my tablets so I'm not really familiar with the others.

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Which launcher do you use? I've always just used the standard launcher on all my tablets so I'm not really familiar with the others.

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I'd recommend the Google Now launcher, which is Google's preferred Android launcher (it's what your Nexus uses). I'm not sure it will work with the version of Android available on the old Nook tablet though.

I think I installed Apex launcher on mine. (I don't have it in front of me to check.)

Lots of people recommend Nova launcher.

Really, any of them are an improvement over the default interface in my opinion.
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Old 11-17-2016, 04:40 PM   #19
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I'd recommend the Google Now launcher, which is Google's preferred Android launcher (it's what your Nexus uses). I'm not sure it will work with the version of Android available on the old Nook tablet though.
It won't. But there are AOSP or derivative (like CM) build chains for more recent versions of Android.
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Old 11-19-2016, 06:43 PM   #20
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Which launcher do you use? I've always just used the standard launcher on all my tablets so I'm not really familiar with the others.

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I've used Go (paid for) on the HD+ but just lately it has started to fall over on a regular basis so I've switched to Nova (also paid for) and that is excellent. The only drawback is that the version for the HD+ is an old version due to the Nook having a vintage version of Android. It works very well with no sign of any bugs but it just won't get updated. A bit like the HD+.
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A better piece of hardware? I don't know. Comparable? Certainly.

For anyone not wanting to spend the 5 minutes it takes to put the Play store on the 7" Fire I'd say it's better, except many people I know who have a 7" Fire bought it because it's a cheap method to get additional use from their Amazon content and like that it's tied pretty seamlessly to The Zon.


Plus with the Kindle you get the benefit of not having to deal with Nook customer support if something goes wrong.
Yes, with the Fire, you are "ONE" with the Amazon Force.
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:58 PM   #22
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Yes, with the Fire, you are "ONE" with the Amazon Force.
I consider it a positive as an Amazon Prime member. As a general android tablet? No. But for what it is designed for - consuming Amazon content, it's rather nice.

I did put the Google play store on to get an club reader, but other than that, I'm happy to stick to the Amazon interface.
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Old 12-22-2016, 09:42 AM   #23
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The HD and HD+ were very nice tablets, still are really although the Android version is long in the tooth now. I still have an HD+ although I haven't really used it for some time.
I love my Nook HD+: the superb hardware platform in combination with Cyanogenmod firmware made it amongst the best-value tablets.
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Old 12-22-2016, 07:36 PM   #24
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All Canadian readers beware. B&N do NOT service Canadian consumers. The Wi-Fi feature in the Nook is only good if you reside in the US. If you are located in Canada and you try to do ANYTHING it is a lost cause. You can ONLY access B&N and if you do not have a US address you can not purchase anything. Further, you can not access any other site
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:06 PM   #25
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https://www.cnet.com/news/barnes-and...tablets-adups/

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The $50 Nook 7 tablet went on sale with a program that quietly sends user data back to a third party. The company says the issue has been addressed.
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Here's a detailed look at the issue.

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/...s-barnes-noble

More critically, it goes beyond the one malware package and implicates the chipset source. Specifically, MediaTek.

Given how common MediaTek is in low-cost Android hardware, their complicity is a red flag to consider. And avoid, if you're paranoid enough.

("Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.")

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Even though Mediatek has a bad reputation for security, they still get a lot of design wins because they do all the heavy lifting for ODM partners that select their reference platforms. If you want to launch an Android device fast and not spend a lot of money, then Mediatek is often a viable solution.
https://hackernoon.com/no-one-cares-...6ad#.656je2quk

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Starting to look like another fine myth:

http://the-digital-reader.com/2017/0...ndroid-tablet/

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Now, less than 2 months after it was launched, the $50 Nook Android tablet has been pulled from store shelves and is no longer available on the b&N website.

According to a leaked screenshot, the tablets are being shipped to George Wajda, the B&N director of distribution. The recall was leaked on Reddit by an alleged B&N store employee who wrote that:

early this week we received a project to remove every device from stores. It was very important that they be shipped out quickly, demo devices and all. There was no explanation given and so far this week the signs are still up in the windows, but there has been radio silence and no further instruction other than get them boxed, get tracking numbers, and ship them out. There's no script for customers, and no recall I can find publicly.

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a search on Google news for Nook tablet recall turns up various sites saying that the recall has to do with a faulty charger
here's one such article:
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/19...ng-adapter.htm
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Zdnet's take:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/barnes-...aulty-charger/

Apparently the adapters physically fall apart.

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While speculation was that B&N was unable to rid the Nook of the ADUPS spyware satisfactorily, the company told the Android Police website that it pulled the tablet from sale for an unrelated reason. It claims that three incidents of the casing of the Nook's charging adapter breaking led to the halting of retail sales. No injuries were reported, but Barnes & Noble says that existing owners can charge the Nook via a computer instead and that the company is sourcing a replacement AC adapter.
I've seen my share of cheap generic USB chargers stop working after a while.
Never saw one physically break apart.
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I think it's becoming obvious that B&N sees it as it's mission in life to entertain us in a slapstick sort of way. Good for them. It's nice to see a corporation whose goal isn't just to make money.

Unfortunately I never really enjoyed slapstick all that much but many do.

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