Ice Cream Nookie

Given that the Nook Color and Nook Tablet’s prices have just been slashed to the sub-$200 range, it probably bears mentioning that I’ve recently upgraded my own Nook Color to an alpha build of Cyanogen Mod 9, and that it is amazingly better - faster, pretty stable (no OS crashes, only a few app failures, indistinguishable from my “normal” Android experience…), and overall quite pleasing.

It’s not a speed demon, but it’s good enough for browsing, and finally usable enough for e-mail and extended Evernote use (the touch keyboard is now far more responsive). Here are a few screenshots:

Even though the final CM9 release is likely to be quite a way away, I’m actually quite optimistic about Android’s chances - in the few weeks that remain before the iPad gets a refresh, of course… Then it’s a whole new ball game.

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