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Barnes & Noble NOOK Color eBook Tablet
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- Kids' books come alive
- Magazines & newspapers in rich color
- Stunning 7-inch color touchscreen
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Nothing brings your reading to life like our VividViewTM Color Touchscreen. The rich high resolution backlit display uses more than 16 million colors to illuminate stunning images and crisp text for easy reading day or night. NOOKcolor lets you go beyond reading with our built-in Wi-Fi® connection. Surf the web, check your email, read a favorite blog or search GoogleTM - it's all just a touch away. Our exclusive LendMeTM app lets you lend and borrow books from friends, all with just a few taps. You can also share passages and recommend books right from the page you're reading via Facebook® or Twitter®. From designing your home page to personalizing your bookshelves or choosing just the right font, NOOKcolor lets you create a customized reading experience that you can really call your own. Get ideas for books you'll love with our exclusive NOOKbook Personal Shopping. Our expert booksellers will make recommendations based on books you like, so you can enjoy one great read after another. Kick back and have a little fun with the growing array of exclusive NOOKextras. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Chess and Pandora® internet radio are among the fun additions to the NOOKcolor experience.
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I will cut to the chase and answer the question people are most curious about. How does it stack up verus e-ink? Well, as a user of many e-ink devices, I know all about how such devices as Kindle eliminate eye-strain. This was my first worry with the NookColor. As it turns out, their is a color/font adjuster that you can change how the books looks until you find something that is pleasing and non-straining to your particular eyes. While I won't be able to read for five hours straight like on a Kindle, I think four hours straight is a fair trade!
One thing I needed with my reader was the ability to access the Internet at times. This is an area where the NookColor beats out all the e-ink readers with smooth and responsive access to the Net. I found the touch keyboard easy to use, and the rotating display helpful.
The apps are limited to ones that actually work, so there isn't a broad selection like on other devices. It's just quality ones. I suppose with their NookDeveloper program, their should be more apps available soon. Granted they will be a lot of junk apps, as on other devices, but at least there will be variety.
The online "nookstore" is a little more inviting than Amazon's in that it feels like you are a browsing through a variety of options, and not just a list.
I liked the in-store features too. It was nice to check out any book for free while there. Plus, you can download additional free books, only while in a Barnes & Noble.
I like how you can highlight and put notes on your text very easily. While there are several colors available to highlight, I just found out you can highlight a highlight. The mark gets darker and darker as with a real pen, so you can extra emphasize a passage if needed. And if you can't wait to share a passage, you can zap it straight to your facebook and twitter to share with your friends, while you keeping on reading. It's cooler than it sounds!
I will probably upadte this review in a few days, as I discover more features. So, far this seems to be the best collection of features I have found on an ereader, for me personally. I understand the things people like in their prefered reader, but for me, this is the best!
Well... I said I would update my review in a "few days" but it has been more like a year almost! :) Am I still satisfied? YES! It's interesting how the Nook Color has evolved since I wrote this review (I bought it the first day it was available). So much has changed, such as improved performance (they upgrade your Nook wirelessly) and the new app store. I had been disappointed with the first apps, but apps that have been coming out over the last month are great! The touch screen is responsive and always activates where I touch, unlike some other pads. The app prices are comparable to other Android stores, though their selection is limited to 100% proven safe apps.
I have used my Nook Color almost EVERYDAY since I wrote this review. It's role in my life is more than I expected, as it is primary smart device. Whenever I need those short "checks of the internet", I can grab it and be on the net in seconds. Being able to access the internet whenever I want (on a readable screen) has been invaluable. I have used it in all situations as a backup for logging in to an online class to reading color PDFs in bed. In fact, as soon as I am done with this review, I am going to go lay on my bed and surf Amazon from my Nook Color. Since the it has a secure full featured browser (remember 100% safe apps) I can even order stuff when I want. Then maybe I could watch a few streaming videos until I fall asleep!
Felt I should check in and give everyone an update on the Nook Color I have had since day 1. It feels strange saying this, but IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER! Seriously, I had been happy enough with my Nook, but they keep releasing updates to give it more features than I thought it would have when I bought it. I don't think I have ever owned a piece of tech that upgrades itself before, and for free. B&N deserves some kudos for that support. The latest video upgrades (to support Netflix in particular) have also improved playback on other video sites as well.
Comparing it to the other leading tablets out there, I will say that it is better than an iPad as you will not get this long of support from Apple.. heck, your battery wouldn't even last this long! ;) j/k
Now for the Kindle Fire... The support and durability are also awesome, as even my Kindle 1 is still ticking fine. The speed is about equal on them, though more apps are being released on Amazon lately. If I had to suggest a way of picking between those two, it would be if you have Prime or not. All else being the same, Nook Color is great, however the benifits of Prime membership give the Fire a slight edge for the media user.
Okay, that's the update and see you again in a year!
It's a tad small for anything more in-depth than book reading and Angry Birds. Even casual web browsing can be a pain and it's place as a bastard hybrid of a phone OS on a 7" tablet form factor means it has the worst of both worlds. Maybe once (if?) Android tablets take off we'll see mobile pages more suited to them. The huge up side is that it fits perfectly in a large coat pocket and looks sleek enough to make you look cool removing it from the pocket of an aviator jacket.
In the end it spends most of its time sitting on a shelf collecting dust. It'll probably end up a gift for someone who doesn't mind lower-end electronics. These days while the Kindle Fire looks good I'm waiting on the market to mature and Windows 8 tablets to ship before I go looking again.
I ended up using Cyanogenmod to install an Android 4.x installation on this, and it worked flawlessly. I have a couple of weird issues that are really only specific to me because of the degree of hackery some of my applications use, so you won't need to worry about it if you intend to do the same. As an Android tablet, this performs quite great actually. It struggles on some graphic-intensive apps, but it's an e-reader, not a on-the-go Gaming God.
I got this as a gift for my mom... She doesn't really use it (in fact, she gave it to me!), but it's a really good investment. It is much more convenient than lugging around two to five books of your favorite series. Also, it's very convenient to have pretty much your entire library at your fingertips! It's not heavy at all, and it is nicely customizable.
The huge downside for me is, this reader can't read any files for comic books. As an avid comic book lover with more than 300 digital comic books, I don't like that one bit. Another downside is, the PDF's aren't with the other book files. I happen to have many PDF's I enjoy reading, so that's a bit of an inconvenience for me.
I will say this: if you own or are thinking about owning an iPad, do NOT buy this item! iBooks can read ePub and PDF formats, and there are apps you can download for free to read CBR (comic book) files. Or, if you have an iPhone and don't mind reading on that tiny screen, you're good to go!
Anyway, overall, this product is sweet. However, if you're more into space and variety, I would get a newer model or even a Kindle.
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I will be buying another one, very clean and clear great color