Nook Color Review

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Nothing can bring a vivacious ebook lover more joy than reading on Nook Color.  7″ touchscreen display, 16 million colors, high resolution, vibrant images, crisp text, surfing on the Net, checking emails occasionally, what else can you possibly ask for?

Table of Contents (click a title to jump ahead)

Introduction | Is For | Is Not For | Display | Design | Interface | Content | Storage | Connectivity | Web & Email | Price | What’s Included | Customer Rating | Complaints | Where to Buy | Customer Reviews

Who Is Nook Color For?

Nook Color ereader is for you if:

  • You want to have a stylish ereader and a functional tablet.
  • You want to read books, newspapers, and magazines in vivid color instead of just plain black and white.
  • You don’t want to pay the hefty price of an ipad.
  • You want to have the interactive feature for you or for your kids.
  • You swap ebooks with your friends.

Who Is Nook Color Not For?

One obvious disadvantage is that Nook Color doesn’t have 3G.  So outside of Barnes and Noble and AT&T’s Wi-Fi network, Nook Color would be handicapped without connectivity.

Display/Screen Size

The diagonal display size for Nook Color is one inch larger (7 inches vs. 6) than Nook Simple Touch.  Nook Color also offers advanced Vivid View Color Touchscreen. If you’d like to read books, newspapers and magazines with graphics and color contrast, you will appreciate Nook Color. 


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Nook Color is designed by Yves Behar from Fuseproject, a San Francisco-based industrial design firm.  Fuseproject’s design spans across several industries such as beauty and fashion, technology and furniture.

Comparing to its predecessor, Nook Color is taller and sleeker.  The device has an angled lower corner to symbolize a turned page.  The device has a soft back to make holding the reader more comfortable and ergonomic.

One very noticeable difference is that Nook Color weighs twice as much as Nook Simple Touch.

User Interface

The interface of Nook Color is very similar to that of Nook Simple Touch.  Please refer to my review for more details.


Need not to repeat the abundant access to more than 2 million books, magazines, newspapers, movies and music.

Instead of passive reading as in Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color offers the possibility of interacting with content multi-dimensionally.  For example, you can record your own voice reading Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” and play it back to your toddler before his or her bedtime.

Your kid can also push the “read-to-me” button, a professional voice will come on with “the big bad wolf says, let me in, let me in”…  It is such a perfect feature to keep your little one engaged and entertained on a long road trip.

Another way to take advantage of the interactive feature is that you can play a video while reading a Spanish cookbook.  What’s more helpful than to watch the chef prepare for a tapas party?

Memory, Storage and Battery

8GB memory is for sure a huge improvement over Nook Simple Touch of 2GB. 5GB is reserved for B & N content which can hold up to 5,000 books. You don’t need to think long and hard about which book to save in your Nook, you’ve got plenty of storage. For about $40, you can add 32GB memory via a SD memory card for your personal files.  

The battery life for this Nook Color is 8 hours with about 3 hours charging time.


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It’s the same as all Nook models.

Web Browsing and Email

The device is designed with web browsing with video via Adobe Flash Player.  You can send and receive email from popular emails such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL.

How Much Does It Cost?

The color Nook costs $199 with free shipping at the time of this review if you buy it online.  It’s always prudent to check the latest price as price changes without prior notice.

What’s Included?

The package comes with the Nook Color device, a USB cable, a U.S. power adapter, a rechargeable battery (installed) and a Quick Start Guide.

Does It Include A Warranty?

Yes, one year limited warranty.

What People Are Saying

Nook Color received 4 star rating out of 5 based on 908 customers. 

Any Complaints?

The biggest complaint seems to be about B & N’s inconsistent customer service more so than the device itself. 

Where Can You Buy Nook Color?

Nook Color is available in many online and retail outlets.  The best price to buy is via Barnes and Noble’s online or a store near you.  It all depends on your personal preference.  Either method has its unique advantages.  B & N sometimes offers free shipping online.  So you won’t be paying extra for S & H charges.  Occasionally, B & N also offers additional bonus such as $25.00 B & N gift card for buying a Nook Color. 

Want to Read More Reviews for Nook Color?

If you want to read more customer reviews before making up your own mind, click here.

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