I have had my Nook tablet for about a year now. Since day one I have been running custom ROM on it. After adding the custom ROM it really has been the best tablet you could buy for $200. I use it all the time, while my 10″ tablet never got used. if i was going to bring something that big I was gonna bring my laptop. With all the new offerings this year, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, Nexus 7 and iPads. I am selling my tablets and buying something new.
Choosing an ecosystem: What do you want to do with it?
The first thing you need to do is figure out where you content is already. I am solidly in the android camp. I have alot of apps. I am not going to rebuy those apps for an iPad, so that is off my list, also I like the 7″ size. While I love my nook, one of the reason I am looking to upgrade is that I am tired of hacking it and having bugs. I have no B&N content so I am not interested in the stock Nook software. I am ruling out the Nook HD and company as well.
Unfortunately, I have alot of content on both Google Play and Amazon. I love them both.
I have been waiting for the new Kindle Fire HD and I was really hoping they would open up the ecosystem a bit, but expectantly I was disappointed. HEY AMAZON: Thank you for building the Fire and bringing the price down for 7″ tablets, but I don’t think this is a long term plan. Please offer your skin and software to other Android tablets (The Amazon video player). There in lie my problem and Amazon’s problem. The Fire HD is a great device, but it is really only going to let me bring my Amazon content.
My phone is the Google Nexus, and frankly I love the simple stock OS that just works. No hacking no nothing. all the features and they work and you get the Android updates FAST.
The Nexus 7 will be my tablet. I can have all my Amazon content and my Google play content on the same device. I also get the clean and powerful Stock Android OS that I love about my Nexus phone. I can even get the Nook features if I want them. All with no hacking or cracking or side loading. It just works.
Note: I think Amazon and B&N’s business model is only viable until the rest of the population learns to use a tablet. I think when Fire and Nook owners go for their 2nd tablet, they are going to want more features. and on a full featured Android tablet they can get it all.