Nook Color eBook Reader Review
Should You Buy?
The original Nook has a large e-Ink display on top of a color LCD panel. Although it was an
extremely popular device then as an eBook reader, the split screen just wasn't perfect for everyone. Enter the Nook
Color: this is the color alternative to the Nook Touch, for those looking for a few extra features of a tablet
computer, with a better screen and platform for viewing color images. But how does the Nook Color eBook reader
stands up to its current competition? Continue reading to find out more.
Product Specifications Of The Nook
Average Price: $250
Release Year: 2010
Battery Life: 8 hours reading
Screen Size: 7 inch
Screen Type: color touchscreen
Weight: 15.8 oz
Storage Size: 8GB (expandable by 32GB with SD card slot)
Main eBook Format: ePub
Positive Aspects Of The Nook
7 Inch Color Touchscreen
The 7 inch screen on the Nook Color is larger than you'll find on many other eBook readers. What this means is
bigger screen real estate that makes it easier to get lost in a book - which is exactly what you want from an eBook
Aside from the size, the touchscreen performs very well. It's very responsive thanks to the
technology employed (the same technology used by the Sony Reader and Kobo Touch Edition), and getting to where you
want to go is fast and intuitive. A touchscreen is useful on an eBook reader - it makes it easy to highlight
memorable passages, select a word to look up in the dictionary, or press menu items without having to slowly scroll
through the page.
The fact that it's an LCD backlit screen means you can read it in the dark, and view images in
all their glory. Many users are much happier with the full color screen than they were with the split panel of the
original Nook reader, though of course it doesn't look great in the sunlight like e-Ink will.
Barnes & Noble have done well with the interface on all their Nook devices, and the Nook Color is no different.
Although it doesn't use physical buttons, it does have just one: a home button. This makes it easy to get to the
home menu when you need to. Once you're there, you'll find it easy to use without the need for a big instruction
Internet And Web Browser
The Nook Color comes with Wi-Fi as standard, meaning you can connect to the internet whenever you're around a Wi-Fi
hotspot. This is great for buying books from the Barnes & Noble Store right from the device, but it's even more
useful for those who want the ability to connect to the internet from a portable device. Because of the LCD screen,
the web browser is better than what you'll find on the e-Ink Kindle, but the Kindle Fire does offer an excellent
Android Tablet Features
Android is the operating system you'll find on the Nook Color: a favorite in the tablet computer world. What this
means is that you get access to a very wide range of functions, from the ability to browse the web, to playing your
multimedia files, checking emails, streaming music and reading documents/ PDFs.
Although you cannot access the full Android Market app store, Barnes & Noble have included
their own store with a range of apps available to download. Although you don't get thousands of apps, there are
still plenty of features here that make the Nook Color an excellent value tablet computer.
8GB memory isn't massive for a tablet computer, though it is bigger than what you'll find on most rivals to this
device. It means you can store a large number of books, though it'll fill up a little more quickly if you use it
for movies and lots of music files. The good news is that, unlike many of the top tablets such as the iPad 2, the
Nook Color does feature a memory card slot, allowing you to expand the storage capacity if you need to in
Negative Aspects Of The Nook
Because the Nook Color is a cross between a tablet and an eBook reader, it makes sense that it should cost more
than the e-Ink Nook Touch and other eBook readers. Coming in at around $250, it's certainly a bigger expense than
the cheapest $79 Kindle, and also the $199 Kindle Fire. That said, it still offers far more functions than an e-Ink
reader (mentioned in this review), and costs far less than a full-blown tablet computer.
The Nook Color weighs more than the Nook Touch and the Kindle, making it slightly less comfortable to hold.
However, the size and weight will still suit most users, and it's a lot lighter than tablets like the iPad 2.
The good news is that Barnes & Noble have added an extra layer to the screen on the Nook Color to help prevent
the issue of glare in bright lights. The bad news is that no technology can ever completely get rid of glare on an
LCD eBook reader. This means it's not comfortable to read in sunlight, unlike the Nook Touch.
Another problem with the LCD screen on the Nook Color is the fact that the battery life is greatly reduced.
Compared to the two months battery life of the Nook Touch and other readers, eight hours on the Nook Color really
is nothing. You'll have to be willing to charge your device often if you opt for a tablet-eReader. Eight hours is
around average for any such device.
Should You Buy The Nook Color?
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color has really taken their original Nook to the next level. Still
an excellent quality eBook reader, it comes with the familiar features you may have loved about the original Nook.
It has an excellent online bookstore, books in standard ePub format and good reading capabilities.
However, it also crosses into or over the world of tablet computers with its numerous available
apps and email functions. Yes, the Nook Color does costs a lot more than its eBook reader rivals, but for a tablet
computer with this functionality, it is still considered extremely affordable. The question is, are they able to
compete directly with the even lower-priced Amazon Kindle Fire? Only time will tell. Barnes & Noble Nook Color
can be purchased from Amazon.com.
You may also want to check out the latest tablet from Barnes & Noble, the Nook Tablet
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