- Features As far as dedicated e-readers go, the NookColor has gone above and beyond with additional features to include social network integration, browsing and Pandora.
- Display The display is gorgeous and very appropriately sized. The only very minor niggle is that when there's a window open, whatever is behind it develops a waver.
- Battery life Battery life is adequate given what the NookColor is, but the lack of a functional light sensor is sacrilege for a device with this type of screen.
- Ease of use Some things seem to work better on the Classic Nook. On the average, it's very functional, but sometimes you just can't seem to get it to do what you want it to
- Storage capacity More than enough storage is on board for all the books and magazines you could want. And if you run out, there's a microSD expansion slot.
- Design and form factor Design is well laid out and pleasing. I don't like the power button being located on the left opposite the volume buttons (leads to accidental volume changes).
- Portability (size / weight) A bit too thick and way too heavy. Was expecting it to be lighter and thinner than the Nook Classic.
- Durability Can't comment on how well it holds up to daily use yet, but I did need to return two units before getting one without build quality issues.
It will be nice to see what future updates hold for the NookColor. Barnes and Noble did a good job of improving the Nook Classic via firmware and I expect no less with their new flagship device. The addition of an application store as well as some OS level tweaks will be welcome.
All in all, a good price for a low end tablet or high end e-reader, whichever way you wish to categorize it. BN has a winner on its hands. Here's hoping they succeed with it.
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