Review of Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor
Reviewed on: October 29, 2012
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Pros & Cons
Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor is a 7 inches e-reader featuring a rich high resolution backlit display using more than 16 million colors and crisp text for easy reading day or night. It has built-in Wi-Fi connection and allows to do many more things like surf the web, check email, read a blog or search Google.
Barnes and Noble Nook Color is a very good and versatile e-reader available in the market. Most users love its fantastic display, responsive touch screen, excellent video quality, expandable memory and fast performance for a budget tablet priced under $150. It is easy to carry and there is lot of content easily available for download.
A lot of tech savvy users like the fact that they can root this device and make it a fully functional Android tablet.
A lot of users complain about the poor battery life and not-so-good customer service. Some users also feel that 7-inch screen is a bit small for magazines and comics.
Overall Nook Color is good, portable and inexpensive e-reader.
Review Group #: 1
Barnes and Noble customer service is awful • Not very good company policy regarding replacement of defective units
Review Group #: 2
Touch screen does not work sometimes • Compatible with multiple eBook formats • Nice and bright LCD screen
Review Group #: 3
Books not downloaded over WiFi can not be put onto the home screen • B&N is staying loyal to their original customers and keeping the devices updated
Review Group #: 4
Users don't like that it requires a credit card attached to the account even if paying with gift cards • Bad thing that it requires an active credit card to access books already puchased
Review Group #: 5
Battery can not be replaced • Battery life is short • Nice color display • Easy to navigate • Good for kid's books
Review Group #: 6
"Read to me" feature is good for little kids • Can read almost any book in most formats
Review Group #: 7
Once rooted, the device gains access to android market • Inexpensive
Review Group #: 8
Books can be downloaded online and from library • Easy and fast to buy books from Nook store • Expandable memory
Review Group #: 9
Reading over extended periods of time is quite comfortable • Very portable device • Works well for PDFs • No pinch to zoom in browser • Screen brightness control makes it nice to read in all light conditions
Cnet.com Rating: 3.50 stars from 179 reviews.
Amazon.com Rating: 3.80 stars from 432 reviews, Price: $129.95
Battery Lifefrom 48 reviews
Most reviewers do not the like the battery on Barnes & Noble Nookcolor because:
1. Battery does not last long.
2. Battery is non-replaceable. So once the battery dies, the unit is not truly mobile anymore since it need to be connected to power source all the time.
3. It does not charge from a laptop.
Some reviewers have no problem with the battery life since they accept that the color screen on NookColor will drain more battery and also they are able to read multiple hours without recharging.
A few buyers also talk about buying the extended warranty from B&N which extends battery warranty for 2 extra years after manufacturer warranty expires.
In summary, many customers do not like the battery life and non-replaceable battery on Nook Color.
Screen Qualityfrom 145 reviews
Screen and Display quality contributes to the readability of the e-reader based on how it can be viewed in various lighting conditions. Most of the reviewers like the screen of their NookColor for the following qualities.
1. VividView IPS screen, bonded to reduce glare therefor Nook Color is brighter and has glare reduction.
2. The touch screen works on a touch, the first touch- every time.
3. The 7 inches size of screen is good for reading.
4. It comes with high resolution display -- 1024 X 600, 169 pixels per inch (PPI)
5. Adjustable fonts and text sizes make it really easy to read.
6. Reading over extended periods of time is quite comfortable.
7. The pages on the book turn very fast.
At the same time, some user reviewers did not like the touch screen and display on NookColor
Overall most of the user reviewers are very happy with the screen and display qualities of this device.
Customer Servicefrom 38 reviews
Most of the user reviewers are disappointed with Barnes and Noble Customer service for NookColor. This is what most users said:
1. Customer service is horrible.
2. Customer service and support are non-existent.
3. 2 Stars for customer service.
4. Customer service is the worst, five calls, hold time of at least 10 minutes and no help.
No user had any positive comments about B&N Customer Service.
Contentfrom 135 reviews
Most users are very happy with a vast selection of content available for NookColor. Here are some of the users favorites.
1. 2.5 million books are available for downloads. Books are available from libraries and online.
2. Large selection of magazines, newspapers and comics are available for download.
3. Interactive kids books and ability to record your voice and playback books in your voice to kids. This interaction makes NookColor favorite about families and kids.
4. Books download very fast.
5. Games are better-Sudoku especially.
6. You can make notes and look up words in dictionary while reading.
To summarize, there is tons and tons of content available to read on Nook Color. It has interactive activities for kids, games, comics and other multimedia content. Users love their Nook Color for that reason.
Verstalityfrom 44 reviews
Nook Color from Barnes and Noble is a very versatile e-reader as per most of the user reviewers. They like the fact that:
1. The Nook Color functions well as a "reader's tablet" with enough extras (Web browser, games) to be broadly useful, but still geared towards the primary purpose of reading.
2. It comes with an external SD slot.
3. With little to no experience in tinkering with computers you can turn this E-book reader into a (rather) mighty android wielding tablet and apart from reading books, you can pretty much do anything else :)
4. If you're reading a magazine, and want to read the last book you were reading just tap the book icon and your book is opened to the point where you left off.
In the nutshell, B&N Nook Color is a very versatile device with good internal memory, processing power, external memory slot and it can be rooted to be used as fully functional Android tablet. Nothing beats that at the price of Nook Color.