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While I can't speak to your Pandigital tablet, I can offer
some input regarding your friend's Nook Color.
I also was motivated about 6 weeks ago by the resident CNET Cheapskate Rick Broida to purchase a
refurb'd Nook Color for $119 at the Barnes & Noble ebay
Similar to user "corkypad" below, I am now using the Nook Color (NC)
as an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) tablet. The Android image is from
Cyanogenmod (CM7) running on a $10 Sandisk 8GB Class 4 micro SD card inserted
in the NC. As "corkypad" highlighted, the Sandisk brand of SD card seems
to yield the best results.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Additionally, as a previous poster said, this is not rooting the device
and if I need to revert back to the out-of-box Nook image, I just unmount and
remove the sd card and reboot the device.
This device has exceeded my expectations and performs way better than I had
expected.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> It has quickly become my
favorite gadget.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Naturally, it won't
replace my PC, but I do find it in my hands quite a bit - mostly playing games,
checking email, checking sports scores and a little web surfing.
As to your question of why bother doing a full Android
In my opinion, the main advantage of using a full Android OS
versus the "minimized" Android OS's that come on devices such as the Nook
Color, Nook Color Tablet, Pandigital Novel, Amazon Fire, etc - is that you are
not limiting yourself to the content and apps that the manufacturer wants to
expose you to.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> By running the full
Android image, you can customize the device to your individual needs and you
have access to the thousands and thousands of apps on the Android Market or at
If you don't need front facing cameras, rear facing cameras
and a plethora of ports, with a minimal investment, a refurb'd Nook Color
converted to a full Android tablet can be an inexpensive entry into the over crowded, over priced tablet
You can buy the Cyanogenmod imaged SD cards on eBay or if you're adventurous you can create the card yourself.
I was able to create the imaged SD card using these
excellent instructions that I happened to stumble upon. In addition to the text instruction, the blogger created step by step videos. She outlines everything that you need.
Good luck and have fun with your devices.
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