The Nook Color marked Barnes & Noble’s first attempt at an ebook oriented tablet. However, the device has since run out of favor, eclipsed as it is by the more capable Nook Color HD. Not only does it remain discontinued, B&N has stopped providing any major update for the device. Thankfully, the Nook Color continues to be in the reckoning thanks to the efforts of Nookies Devs, who have been able to run Android 4.2 on the Nook tablet.
However, it is too early to start celebrations. So far, the developers only have the alpha build of Cyanogen Mod 10.1 and there are still a few gray areas that need attention. The team is on to it and they hope to release the next update soon. The tablet has been pretty receptive to Android 4.1 via CM 10 and things are expected to be smooth flowing with the new CM 10.1 build as well. The CM 10.1 can be installed either on the Nook Color’s internal memory or on a microSD cards. The obvious benefit with the latter is that it provides the option of dual booting both the original Nook Color OS (B&N does not support anything beyond Android 2.2 Froyo) or CM 10.1 simply by inserting or removing the memory card.
The Nook Color definitely can’t match up to the new breed of 7 inchers on the hardware front, though there is a continuous effort to keep the tablet young and fresh from the software side.