The Good Color e-book reader with vibrant 7-inch touch screen; zippy performance; built-in Wi-Fi; Barnes & Noble Nookbook store; 8GB onboard memory, plus microSD expansion slot; built-in Web browser works well; supports PDF, Word, and ePub files; displays images and some video formats; support for audio and MP3 playback; new Nook apps expand functionality of the device and make it more of a full-featured tablet; Flash support for Web browser.
The Bad Eight hours battery life for reading pales in comparison with battery life on e-ink readers; no access to full Android Market; battery isn't user-replaceable; processor could be faster.
The Bottom Line Barnes & Noble's Nook Color is a capable color touch-screen e-book reader that offers much of the functionality of an Android tablet for half the price of an iPad.
Barnes & Noble Nook Color
Editors' note (August 12, 2012): Barnes & Noble hasof the Nook Color reviewed here to $149. Prospective buyers should note the rumor that Barnes & Noble is later in 2012.
Editors' note (November 17, 2011): As of mid-November 2011, the price of the Nook Color reviewed here has dropped to $199. The product (which was originally awarded an Editors' Choice) now co-exists with the newly announced $249 Kindlevs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? for more information.(faster processor, more storage, more memory) and the competing $199 . As a result of these newer and better performing competing devices, we've lowered the rating of the Nook Color accordingly. See
Editors' note (May 19, 2011): This review has been updated to reflectfor the Nook Color that Barnes & Noble released on April 25, 2011. The new software adds a variety of upgrades, including Flash video support, and a curated app store that includes dozens of new apps, including an e-mail client.
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