Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor Review

December 17, 2010 by Jen Edwards Reads (25,078)

CONCLUSION

I’ve had my NOOKcolor for several weeks now and it has become my indispensible reading companion. It goes where I go, and satisfies me in a way that the Amazon Kindle has never been able to do. Most of that is due to the touchscreen display; even more than the addition of color, the touchscreen has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the device. I have a huge library of eBooks, and being able to find them quickly is important to me. I love being able to highlight and annotate with my finger on the text instead of by manipulating a five way controller.NOOKcolor

Many people have predicted that the NOOKcolor will be a failure, but I disagree. The NOOKcolor occupies the sweet spot between the original nook/Amazon Kindle and the iPad. It’s faster, more capable, more fun, and easier to use than its eInk bretheren, but it’s smaller, easier to carry, and less expensive than the Apple iPad (which is a good eBook reader, but brings with it a lot of distractions with games and thousands of apps). The NOOKcolor is focused entirely on the reading experience, be it books, magazines, newspapers, or children’s books, with appropriate extras such as cerebral games and social features than help you share what you’re reading with friends, without getting caught up in endless tweets and wall posts.

The new features make it an excellent upgrade for those who want the color touchscreen and have the necessary room in their budget. It is an excellent choice for new users who want an electronic reading device that does a bit more when they want it to, but still remains focused on the reading experience more than the entertainment experience. While I hope that future firmware updates will add some new features and polish a few rough edges, the NOOKcolor is everything I hoped it would be, and in all ways a worthy sucessor to the original nook reading device.

Pros

  • Color touchscreen provides a great reading experience
  • Excellent build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Fun extras like Chess/Crosswords/Sudoku and Pandora Internet radio
  • Social features to share their joy of reading via Facebook and Twitter
  • LendMe feature to lend eBooks to friends
  • Surprisingly good web browser
  • My Shelves feature provides helpful organization
  • Support for library eBooks
  • Excellent magazine experience

Cons

  • Still needs polish in a few areas, such as not showing book covers in the Gallery app
  • Disappointing newspaper experience
  • Underpowered external speaker


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