Originally Posted by solipsism
1) Before the iPad 2 was announced I think a comparison to the iPad 1 was fine, but now Apple moved the goal posts and their kit hold their value well.
If you want to compare a $250 product with a $499 product you typically hope the $499 is twice as fast.
2) I can't agree with overclocking as a viable selling simply because it's possible. Even if it's not crashy at 1.1GHz I have to imagine that 8 hour battery would be adversely affected by a 37% higher clockspeed.
Eh...800 Mhz vs 1 Ghz is probably not that noticeable a difference if you want to remain completely stock which you typically don't.
Double the RAM is probably worth the 200Mhz difference between the iPad 1 and the Nook.
3) I didn't know about the IPS panel. That is nice but makes me wonder why RiM and others were unable to under Apple's price point. I'll note an 8GB iPod Touch with a 1GB A4, 512MB RAM and Retina Display (same pixel count as Nook Color, according to my quick calculations) comes in at $30 below the Nook Color that came out soon after it. Still, that's not a bad price.
Is the iPod touch underpowered? No. Is the iPad 1 underpowered? No (well not CPU, RAM maybe) Is the Nook H/W "lacking" for a iPod Touch priced Android tablet? No.
Better software drivers would be nice. More polished OS would be nice.
4) I agree that the letterbox movie difference is negligible. Same pixel width in the landscape and what I'd estimate is under 0.80" different in physical width.
So the Nook color is a comparably powered device to same generation Apple tablet for the same price as an iPod Touch. Dis it all you like but it's actually a reasonably priced iPad competitor with a real reason to buy over an iPad (price). Something few, if any, other Android tablets can boast.
MAYBE the eeePad Transformer because of the nice keyboard integration. However for the same price, I'd still prefer the iPad 2.
For the record, I don't own a Nook Color. I do own an iPad 1. I've been playing with the Nook Color off and on and I like the little device. Rooted it isn't a "moped" by any means and rooting a Nook Color is no harder than Jailbreaking an aTV. Another nicely priced device you can do stuff with not entirely intended by the manufacturer.
I do wonder is B&N is actually making profit on the NC. On the other hand Apple is making money on the iPod Touch so they're probably making something.