kbphoto615, on 12 December 2011 - 09:20 PM, said:
This answer is so in depth and so helpful. You have really cleared up alot of things for me. I'm sorry to keep bugging you guys but hopefully this is my last post and last issues I have before sending this thing off.
Glad it's useful. The group here is a great resource. Don't be shy about asking questions!
[...] As of right now, I have access to the stock Nook Color options, as well as what appears to be a full Android market and Google Apps. I also see a back button, and other options you mention shouldnt be there? I don't know why, but I guess I got lucky? or the Auto-Nooter came with the 3rd party software and added it for me?
I believe Button Savior (BS) is installed for you. Do you see a little arrow on the right that you click to expand the other buttons? If so, that sounds like BS. On CM, those are integrated into the status bar at the bottom, so they don't overlap active screen space. On the B&N 1.4 interface, they've also integrated the buttons into the bottom status bar, but also allow a back swiping action that I've grown quite fond of.
Anyway. since taking this route, I have not noticed the glitches that I did notice when I first installed CM7. [...] I have installed all the apps I think she will need, and so far everything appears to be working normally.
Sounds like you had a bad initial install! Everything should pretty much just work with CM.
Using this Auto-Nooter method, I see I do not have the ability to install custom ROM's? Is this correct? As I said before I have no access to ROM Manager, free version, so I would assume this means installing overclocking roms and stuff are out of the question right?
As was mentioned above, the Nook Color is pretty hard to screw up permanently. You can always create a bootable MicroSD card with Clockworkmod recovery and the ROM of your choice on it. I went through this exercise earlier this week, in fact. I just put B&N 1.3 and CM 7.1 on the card, and keep it aside for emergencies.
Now, one issue I'm still facing is the Home layout, and the grid or limitations to it. I am using LauncherPro, and so far it seems alright. Yet I cannot move things anywhere I want, they seem to be stuck in a predisposed grid layout. Is there a way to change this or customize it at all? I do not see a way to access settings for these launchers? I have tried ADW and LauncherPro to no avail, I see no way to customize them or edit them, further then changing the theme itself.
I've finally settled on ADW EX (paid), but have tinkered with ADW, LauncherPro and Go Launcher in the past. Each offers you some customization -- usually by clicking on the menu button and selecting "Preferences" (not "Settings"). Go didn't give a lot of options for sizing the grid. ADW and LP give more control. I'm using a 5 x 7 grid in portrait mode with big giant icons at 240dpi. ADW also has an option to resize icons and labels so they don't look so lost on the big tablet screen.
I finally settled on ADW EX because of one feature I've yet to find on the others: The ability to completely get rid of the dock at the bottom. On my phone, I want phone functions always available, but I have no such needs on a Tablet. I like having each screen set aside for a specific function.
ADW EX has also recently added stackable icons to create a folder. No more need for another app (e.g. Folder Organizer) to create folders. It's not perfect, but it's quick and included. I do wish there was a lock function though! It's easy to stack icons unintentionally.
The person who will be getting this for Christmas will most likely use this is as a glorified reader and at times a document editor. She may surf the web from time to time to, but I know she's not expecting this thing to be like a full fledged tablet. I'm mainly only worried about the ease of use for her as she's not as tech savvy as me.
My wife will be using hers similarly, though with more emphasis on web browsing. I've loaded hers up with the Kindle app as well as B&N's for maximum flexibility. The B&N Nook app is OK for stuff you buy through B&N. I just had problems with large sideloaded documents. You will also want the Nook Book Cover Helper app to enable the book covers for sideloaded books. (B&N 1.4 software handles covers fine, but the Android app doesn't, unfortunately.)
Does she have a preference for online store? If not, You might check out Aldiko as an alternative reader. It's got an integrated store function, but lacks B&N's magazine and newspaper subscription features. Be sure to set up Overdrive so she can make use of her local library for content!
Be conscious of the fact that she won't be able to get local support at B&N stores if you root or load CM on it. You may go from being a hero to a goat if she gets frustrated! I keep things real simple for family and friends these days!
Good luck with it.