The nook color is awesome. It may be a lot easier to convince your gf on only spending 250 instead if 400. With the addition of Miui for nook, the nook is very appealing (personally like it over HC). The support for the nook is top ***** and once the aosp gets released for HC or ICS, it will be even better. I also feel like my rooted nook runs much better than the HC tablets.
But anyway, just get it if you really want it. My GF uses our nook more than me and I suspect it would be the same for you.
As for the IConia, I'm not sure how much progress they have made with rooting and getting custom roms. $300 is a great price for it and as long as most of the kinks are worked out with it and the new updates I'd probably purchase it again if I didn't have the nook.
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