The Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor blurs the line between eReader and tablet with a 7" full color touch screen, Android 2.1 OS, web surfing, music streaming, games and over 2 million titles to read. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review the $250 device for digital book lovers everywhere.
What You Need To Know
The NOOKColor is pretty heavy and weighs about 1 lb, which is almost twice as much as the Kindle.
The eReader is still lighter than the iPad and measures the same thickness as one.
The NOOKColor features a full color touch screen, which obviously works much better.
The touch is responsive, though not as responsive as an iPad.
The new Nook runs on Android 2.1 along with the Barnes & Noble custom overlay, which turns it into a completely unique eReader experience.
Our major complaint is that the whole interface feels a bit underpowered: pinching and zooming, navigating the shop and other processor heavy tasks are slower than we expected.
The first Nook store had a pretty basic, boring design but Barnes & Noble did improve its features for the NOOKcolor.
We liked the way the shop was organized and the full color screen adds a lot.
It's easy to search for over 2 million books, magazines and newspapers.
Though the NOOKcolor doesn't have an eInk display, reading on the device is not as uncomfortable as people might think.
Though the LCD may not be as easy on the eyes as eInk, the screen is backlit.
Users can change the font color so it's not just white on black, which should help if the brightness becomes bothersome.
Barnes & Noble also tried to make magazine reading a more multimedia experience: the NOOKcolor has a thumbnail view so you can quickly flip through the magazine and each page is available to view by pinch and zooming.
There's even an article view so you can read the text without the ads.
Web browsing is a much better experience on the NOOKcolor: the browser looks great on the 7" color screen and there's also a pinch and zoom feature.
The browser does not support Flash but it's still the best browser we've used on an eReader.
Extra apps like Pandora, Sudoku games and social networking integration are included and Barnes & Noble plans to add more in the future.