Nook Color or Wifi Galaxy Tab?

Samsung has finally announced that the Wifi only Galaxy Tab is coming, and that brings up a very interesting question we want to ask you guys.  Which would you buy, the Wifi Tab, or the Nook Color?  On the outside, they are pretty similar.  Both are seven inchers, neither runs Honeycomb, and with the current state of AOSP, maybe neither one ever will.

The innards have a good many differences, starting with the Tab having a 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU and the Nook Color using a TI OMAP 3621 at 800 MHz.  The Tab's GPU is a step up from the Nook's, but both are capable PowerVR chips, and both check in at 512 MB of RAM.  Storage space on the Wifi Tab is 16GB, and the Nook comes with 8GB on board -- both can handle up to a 32 GB SD card.  The biggest hardware difference is the cameras (front and rear) on the Tab.

On the software side, the Tab ships with Froyo, and according to rumors the Nook is scheduled to get Froyo with "tablet features" and Adobe Flash sometime this month.  As it stands now, you'll need to root and hack the Nook Color to get the same feature set as the Tab, but that's a really simple affair, with none of that locked and encrypted mumbo jumbo you've heard about with other Android devices. 

I guess it all really comes down to personal preference, so we've set up a poll.  Let us know what you think, and discuss in the Nook Color and Galaxy Tab forums!

 
There are 41 comments

tallal565 says:

sweet. im first to vote. i voted neither and was stunned to see no one wanted one, and then i realized im the only one who voted.

EvanJ18 says:

I gotta say Tab. i dont really wanna spend an arm and a leg on a tablet right now. I just need something to make work on a sunday more bearable. and this 350$ is right up my alley.

I'm waiting for a the first tablet to come out at a reasonable price that has all of the wrinkles ironed out. Some people might not mind putting gingerbread on one of these tablets but then they would have to deal with a certain amount of lag. I'm not that eager to tinker with a tablet to get it to work right. Not like I was with the G1.

Hand_O_Death says:

Does the Tab have GPS?

ZDriver says:

Sprint version did. WiFi only??? Don't know why it wouldnt

johnny99 says:

The 3G Galaxy Tab does have GPS, but I do not see GPS listed on the Samsung web site for the WiFi Galaxy Tab. Did the GPS get deleted?

Not entirely a surprise. I believe Apple has a GPS in the 3G ipad, but not the WiFi ipad.

dually says:

I tried tethering the nook (running cyanogenmod7 rc4) to my dinc (running cyanogenmod7 rc4), and the location was available on maps.

goblueboy says:

i would say galaxy tab just because the extra 100 goes into getting more updates. wait what am i saying? samsung updating their devices? lololol

kagenish says:

i'll the galaxy tab cause i need it for my vacation at the end of next week. plus when the Galaxy Tab 10.1 come out with honeycomb i'll just upgrade to it.

Kage87Z says:

Nook Color.

Got one rooted, running the CM7 dailies on it.

Does everything I need it to when I need it to... and it's $100 cheaper.

Plus, I've had it since January.

MDPuckett84 says:

I voted Tab. I was an iPad user for quite a while and jumped over to a Nook for a couple weeks. Ultimately I went back to my iPad because the screen size was more important to me than I expected.

Anyways, something that I felt was over looked in the comparison was the lack of hardware buttons on the Nook (meaning Home/Menu/Back). The Nook uses an app to simulate these but I always felt it was an interruption in the experience and actually quite annoying if you were using it a lot - for example if going through the Settings menu looking for a particular setting. Some apps didn't seem to want to play with this just right either (It could have improved since I had it though)

At $250 vs $499 the Nook would win hands down, but at $350 for the Tab it's an easy one for me.

318sugarhill says:

Exactly. I have a nook color. got it on ebay for that promotional $200. I can't complain really, but I don't like how it runs nookie froyo, and the rooted stock won't support mlb.tv on the at bat app. I'm going to try CM7 but I'm not a fan of it on my Dinc. $500 was WAAAAAAY too much for a tab, but $350 is more reasonable. I still would consider a first gen ipad over it though. It's a tough call. Faster processor, video chat camera (other camera is useless when I have an 8mp Dinc), and full froyo support with full market is definitely a plus. I don't know. If I hadn't bought the nook, I think would have to buy this, as it was the tab that made me consider the nook since I was never going to pay $500 for a tab.

Beezzy says:

My Xoom that Im typing on. The Galaxy Tab was laughable at $500 on contract when it came out last year and is now even more a joke. I like the form factor of it promise an upgrade to 3.0 for the users who already got it and get new users to jump on> But Samsung sucks when it comes to updates. My Xoom is complete google and will be the first to get updates for a while.

AusFest says:

Nook, cause its supported by cyanogen.

curney says:

I just comparing the two at b and n 30 minutes ago. I love my tab. I carry a dumbphone and my tab. I need the GPS and camera in the tab. Tab gets my vot.

sookster54 says:

Honeycomb really isn't that great, I still prefer Froyo because it functions, Honeycomb has some ironing out to do. However I'm going to get the Asus Transformer which indeed has Honeycomb, and funny enough today Asus released source codes for it so that's a good thing, and I think the microSD slot will actually function too.

In this vote, I pick the Nook Color, I love customization and it has some crazy rom support already.

jhotmann says:

Waiting for the asus transformer...not too much more for dual core, ten inches, and honeycomb

mageus says:

I don't need BT or cameras in my tablet.

Nook Color.
- Absurdly easy to root.
- Runs Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, CM7
- Run these from the microSD card, and you can switch between any (and stock) whenever you want.

If you were lucky to get in on the $200 eBay deal couple weeks ago, this is a no-brainer.

kronium says:

The Nook Color thrives on CM7. It'll definitely tide me over along with an Evo 3D, until HTC releases a 10.1 inch 3D tab hopefully by the end of the year.

travisn000 says:

I picked up a nook color for 200 USD on sale a month or so ago it happily runs honeycomb... I even have GPS via my droid X and a GPS tether app.

cabbie says:

NookColor. I GPS tether to my evo. Tablets only really need a FFC and I have one on my evo to videochat which I never do. I'm overclocked to 1.1 ghz, not sure if/how much the Tab is overclocked. Once froyo and the app store drops, ill be able to dualboot between rooted stock froyo with flash, apps, and the stock apps...and CM7 or honeycomb, best of both worlds. Its also bootable off sd so its unbrickable from software snafus. Encore FTW.

cabbie says:

Forgot to mention, murdocks honeycomb tablet tweaks just got committed to CM, so expect them in nightly #37 :) so long soft keys, you served us well. Long live cyanogen!

Paydrow says:

So you're going with Bloomberg or Andy Rubin?

http://www.androidcentral.com/andy-rubin-no-one-size-fits-all-solution

MarkMcCoskey says:

Actually, I've already bought and rooted the NookColor, and will be flashing CM7 soon.

kinster02 says:

I'll be waiting for the Samsung 8.9 although the Transformer looks nice if I go that far i'll just get a laptop.

ScottJ says:

It's an interesting poll since it doesn't give an option for someone who's buying a non-Android tablet. It is possible for someone to have both an Android phone and an Apple tablet or vice versa.

I personally can't find justification in my life for any of the tablets, disregarding my personal appreciation for cool gadgets, but the Nook color seems to be the way to go for those of us who like to get the most bang for the buck.

fwdixon says:

If the wifi-only Tab had come out last fall, I would probably have said "Tab", but..with all the new devices coming out now, including several with Honeycomb, the extra $100 for a FFC just doesn't do it for me.

My Fascinate has a rear-facing camera, and provides Data and GPS to my CM7 NookColor running Mad-Murdock's tablet tweaks.

Honestly, it all comes down to how much "tweaking" do you want to do for that $100. HW-wise the only real advantage the tab has over the NC is the cameras. So, if you want an out-of-the box tablet, then get the tab, otherwise save the money and spend ten minutes putting CM7 on the Nook Color.

dually says:

Without a doubt the nook. I don't even see the point of a 3mp camera.

And you don't even have to root the nook. Just make a recovery bootable sd card as per the instructions in the cyanogenmod wiki. The nook boots off the sd card by default. You can flash a rom to the nook without ever even signing into the B&N operating system.

dalingrin says:

Glad to see some Nook votes on there. I'd take CM7 with the new tablet tweaks over the tab any day.

Question for all the Nook owners out there: how does Honeycomb run on it?

That's my decision maker - if Honeycomb works (I can live with one or two bugs, but the important functions have to work), then I am sold.

sookster54 says:

Watch some Youtube videos of it, it runs great, a bit laggy then again it's laggy on the Xoom as well. Problem is lots of apps don't run on Honeycomb yet (look for the thread in the Xoom section on Androidforums).

wshwe says:

Doesn't the Galaxy Tab have a better screen and higher build quality?

JoelByford says:

Here's my decision tree for friends:

- Do you want a killer eBook reader with a few tweaks to make it better?
- Do you want a full color "kindle" with magazine support?
- Can you fix a computer without calling tech support?
---> Nook Color with Auto-Nooter is for you.

- Do you want a light-weight full-blown android tablet?
- Are you on a real tight budget?
- Can you fix a computer without calling tech support?
---> Nook Color with Full ROM Flash (i.e. Cyanogen) is for you.

- Do you want a full-blown android tablet?
- Do you want the safety net of tech support?
- Do you need/want VOIP support?
- Do you envision using hardware extras like Bluetooth & a camera?
- Are you willing to compromise form factor and $100 to get these?
---> Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi is for you.

kronium says:

FYI, Nook Color has bluetooth support in CM7. My Wii controller works about 20 ft away.

sarujin57 says:

I find it interesting that the Nook has bluetooth but B&N leaves it hidden. I wonder who the hardware was licensed from

Thanks sookster54, i'll check out some vids.

@joelByford - that's a very good decision tree, thank you. Swaying me to spend more for the Galaxy Tab - hadn't thought about VOIP support, but that's important to me. Apps like Skype & Fring are very useful and can also use the cameras.

@wshwe - fair point. I have read that the build quality of the Nook is quite good, but am unsure as to whether or not the GTab is much higher quality. Can anybody who has played with both shed any light on this? The Nook Colour has an IPS panel, which is the same type as the iPad, but have read nothing but praise for the GTab display. Anyone have a clear preference?

Thanks sookster54, i'll check out some vids.

@joelByford - that's a very good decision tree, thank you. Swaying me to spend more for the Galaxy Tab - hadn't thought about VOIP support, but that's important to me. Apps like Skype & Fring are very useful and can also use the cameras.

@wshwe - fair point. I have read that the build quality of the Nook is quite good, but am unsure as to whether or not the GTab is much higher quality. Can anybody who has played with both shed any light on this? The Nook Colour has an IPS panel, which is the same type as the iPad, but have read nothing but praise for the GTab display. Anyone have a clear preference?

tlo07 says:

I LOVE my NC! I auto-nootered because I'm an Android newbie and don't know jack about rooting. The only thing I don't like is sometimes the "soft keys" arent there when you need them. Very frustrating. I don't give a rat's behind about having a camera on it. For $200 I think it rocks!

Epnrg5 says:

Final decision:

galaxy tab for 350 no tax and free shipping wins, but
if u can get a nook color for 250 or less including shipping and tax, then nook color wins
also i am jealous of the people who did get an nc for 250 or less. Itll run u 270ish from bn cause of tax. my logic is bang for the buck. 80ish dollars more for cameras and construction etc is a small price to pay for the galaxy tab.

last note: my 2 year old has stood both feet on my tab many times and it doesnt break. I appreciate any corrections or comments to my post.

drive safely.

ksgarvin says:

Well, I just bought a NookColor in December for reading books. Now that it runs apps, it's all icing on the cake. I'm happy with it and would buy it again. For the extra $100 the Galaxy Tab wouldn't sway me to switch tablets at this point.

I have a NC and love it, but to be honest I would own both.. NC w/phiremod is impressive