Okay..quick bit of background. I have been a long time three device user..blackberry phone, palm pilot and laptop. The palm pilot is dying, the blackberry is about to be replaced by a "droid" phone and I have decided I want a tablet, Hey I deserve one. The one thing that has held me back was cost. The latest adds for the Kindle Fire inspired me to start looking at ebook readers, 7" tablets, etc. Sooo, now for what I want. Preferably under $300.00. I want a tablet that I can use for light web use; email, surfing, forums. I also want a good image viewer for photos that I have loaded from my computer, expandable storage such as SD or microSD cards, usb commection and wi-fi.I also want an e-book reader. Bluetooth would be nice but not a deal breaker. The Fire originally caught my eye but the more I read about it the less appealing I found it. That led me to the Nook Color. It seems perfect except for two things. 1. I currently run Docs to Go on both my phone and my palm pilot. Although I can live without excell and power point in a tablet, I really want to be able to run a program/app compatable with MS Word. 2. I really don't want to be tied down to only one e-book source. Would rooting a Nook Color solve either of these issues? if so can someone please point me to a rooting tutorial.