coolhappyguy wrote:You may want to check out the Android forums. I almost got the Nook Color (and would've too but got this instead), there was a post that described how to boot from the MicroSD card instead of rooting. That way, if something goes wrong, you just remove the card and reboot to revert back to factory. I would've gone that route as you get the advantages of rooting but do not risk bricking the device.
If you do find such instructions, please post them here so the rest of us will benefit.
I did get the Nook Color - 30 days ago, from Best Buy - and then this deal came up. GT arrived via Fedex yesterday; I had no problems setting it up. It asked me if I wanted wifi+3G or wifi only; I told it wifi only, entered my Google account credentials, and I'm up and running. A couple of small updates later, things are smooth for me. The Gingerbread update will be nice once it's released, but Froyo works well for the time being.
The Nook Color is great for hacking (because it's so easy), but its hardware is a step or two below the GT's, (and that was obvious once I started playing with the GT) so I returned it (the NC) yesterday.
As mentioned above, it's quite easy to install a custom ROM on the microSD card of the Nook Color, and then boot from it - but that's because the NC is hard-wired to boot from the microSD card first. I don't think that the GT has that same hardware configuration, so it's going to be more difficult to put a custom ROM on the card. Not impossible, persay, but more difficult.
The only blemishes my GT had out of the box were a few tiny scratches on its back. I can't argue with the price, though...