Samsung Galaxy Tablet (left) and B&N Color Nook (right)
I've tried out several Android tablets, hated them all. None of them had the right balance and properly executed designs.
I found the B&N Color Nook the best Android tablet. The device is locked to the Nook's software as the launcher but once it is rooted, you are granted near full access.
It is currently running Eclair or Android 2.1, but Froyo update should be arriving anytime soon.
+ Quality materials, non-slip rubber back face. Front frame has a Metal finish has a solid finish.
+ Excellent non-glossy LG Vividview LCD with IPS technology. Imo, it is sharper than the iPad but not as bright. Color reproduction is excellent, perfect for magazine viewing.
+ Good size and weight, 7" and 16 ounces only! very good size for book reading. I have to admit the 9.7" iPad is not ideal for book reading over long durations. I can hold the Nook with one hand for hours.
+ Battery Life is amazing on this device, undoubtedly the lack of mobile antenna help save battery. On a full charge, I can use the device for 2-3 days without charging.
- Requires rooting to unlock the device from the Nook Software.
- Even after rooting, you cannot run apps from SD Card, Froyo will fix that.
- No Flash, need Froyo.
- No Bluetooth
- WiFi only, need a hotspot if you're outside.
Currently I have ADW Launcher as the Home screen, have the Kindle App, Market, and tons of my fav Android apps running great with just a 800mhz CPU.
This is my favorite reading tablet, while the iPad is still the best at doing just about everything except long text reading.
At $249 it is also cheap, why would anyone pay $500 for the Samsung Tablet with a bad glossy screen. Just carry your smartphone and turn on Wifi hotspot to enjoy using the Color Nook outside.
Non-slip rubberized backside.