- Features Charging cable is very stiff and sticks out of the bottom of the reader. I anticipate that the micro-USB fitting in the case will eventually break.
- Display Clarity is adequate for video but not for reading magazines without expanding the text. I have significant eye strain with the Nook Color.
- Battery life Good for five or six hours of reading with the WiFi turned off. Not been able to watch a movie all the way through on Netflix without connecting the charger.
- Ease of use Software Update 1.4.1 improved some functions but did away with the on screen menu button. I am retraining myself.
- Storage capacity Ability to side load the device is a Kindle killer. I am able to import my eBooks from sources other than Barnes and Noble
- Design and form factor Good.
- Portability (size / weight) Heavier than I anticipated. Use stand for extended reading.
- Durability So far, so good. I bought the extended warranty just in case.
At times I find page turning to be erratic and the touchscreen to be too sensitive, even though I installed a screen protector. A pair of physical buttons on the frame like the the Nook Touch would be a definite improvement.
The device is heavier than I anticipated and use a stand (block of wood covered with felt) to prop up the device on a table.
Battery life is the worst issue, especially with WiFi active. I am an inveterate reader and have to stop after 5 or 6 hours to connect the charger. I will say, however, that the battery recharges very quickly.
The charger cord is too stiff and I anticipate the micro-USB port will eventually break, internally.
The ability to side load via a micro-SD card is a Kindle killer as far as I am concerned. I have approximately DRM-free 125 Science Fiction and Fantasy ebooks in the ePub format, that form the nucleus of an instant library. I also can purchase more via Baen Webscriptions for two thirds the price of the same book via Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com.
Overall a good purchase. I have not rooted my device, as I already own an iPhone 4 for all other mobile functions. IOS has spoiled me, but the Nook Color only cost me $179 (with a coupon) vice the $500 for an iPad 2.
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