But this is more of a recommendation post than a “bitch and moan” post since I fixed my own problem.
I have a rooted Nook Color. Why?
Short answer: it does exactly what I want from a “tablet.”
Long answer: I’d been in the market for an iPad/tablet since the iPad was originally announced. However, I wasn’t willing to spend the money on something that would probably be a glorified comics reader for me with light productivity and gaming here and there. When the Nook Color was first released, I didn’t buy it because I already owned an original Nook and a Kindle 2, so I was definitely not getting another eBook reader. I wasn’t aware at the time what the Nook Color was working with, though. As I learned more about it and how it was being rooted to be a viable table alternative, I bided my time and waited for the right time to purchase it.
I ended up waiting a little longer than I intended due to some personal circumstances that hindered me from buying it, but in early-mid April, I became the proud owner of a Nook Color, which was promptly rooted and customized to my needs. I haven’t looked back since, and I love it. Reading comics on it is amazing using Perfect Viewer, and a myriad of productivity apps, such as Documents To Go, make me feel super productive, especially on days I can’t lug my laptop around with me and need to do things.
But that’s all beside the point. I upgraded my Nook Color to the latest Phiremod ROM, and in the post, TetherGPS was mentioned for sharing the GPS signal with the Nook Color. At first, this didn’t seem like such a big deal, but considering that I like to use Navigation, I realized that it would be much easier to use on a larger device than my phone. (I own a Samsung Fascinate powered by Verizon, which is also rooted.)
I’d recently updated my Fascinate to Froyo, which I have to admit I’m not enjoying all that much. It’s giving me way too many problems, but that’s a post for another time. One thing I noticed was that I couldn’t stop the screen on my phone from timing out in the update. When my screen timed out, the GPS tether was lost between my devices, which was starting to get on my nerves more than a little bit. It took me a week to ask Google if there were any apps that would keep my screen from timing out.
Google quickly responded, but the gem I found in this was KeepScreen. Unlike other apps that seem to be aimed at just generally keeping your screen from timing out, KeepScreen allows you to specify which apps you want to keep your screen active, and when they are no longer active, KeepScreen doesn’t continue to keep your screen from timing out. That way if you forget you won’t have a nasty dead phone waiting for you when you look at it again.
This thing just keeps bringing me more and more joy. Now, I need to find a good car mount for my Nook. I guess that will be this week’s task.