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Barnes & Noble Nook Color

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 reviews of Barnes & Noble Nook Color. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Comments about the portability and screen are overall positive. The durability and battery also get good opinions, whereas opinions are divided on the size. Many are critical about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Barnes & Noble Nook Color is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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It's hard to believe we're already writing a review of the Nook Color, considering Barnes & Noble's first foray into the e-reader world was revealed just o...

Nov, 2010

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Barnes and Noble NookColor Review - PCWorld


Intuitive interface that's optimized for reading

Requires proprietary MicroUSB charger

Dual-screen portable may appeal to some students, but it's bulky.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Barnes & Noble Nook Color review: Barnes & Noble Nook Color


Editors' note (August 12, 2012): Barnes & Noble has cut the price of the Nook Color reviewed here to $149. Prospective buyers should note the rumor that Barnes & Noble is planning to launch an updated Nook Tablet later in 2012.

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...

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.

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.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : K.T. Bradford (

Barnes and Noble Nook Color


The bookseller's second eReader adds a vivid color display and some tablet features while keeping the price affordable.

Whether or not consumers will truly consider the Nook Color a "reader's tablet," it's a very good eReader with benefits. At $249, it's $150 less than the least expensive Galaxy Tab (which requires a separate data fee and two-year contract at that...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Noah Kravitz (

Barnes & Noble Nook Color Review – A Tablet for the Everyperson


Before you discount what I'm about to say, hear me out: Barnes & Noble's nook Color just might be the best value on the market for somebody who wants a tablet computer but doesn't really know why. I know, I…

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Julie (

Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor eBook Reader Review


I've been waiting for a dedicated eBook reader with a backlit color display since the early days of the original Sony Reader. During that wait, I found myself using my current smartphone as an eBook reader due to the fact that it is always with me and...

Color touchscreen ; Wifi ; Can buy books from device

Search funtion doesn't search library ; Zooming in and out of web pages and magazines using multi-touch gestures is clunky ; Screen has glare ; Can't access Android app store without rooting device

I have mixed feelings about the NOOKcolor. As an eBook Reader, it does a good job. It has good battery life and having a color screen is a big benefit for some people with eye problems like myself. That said, I found the glossy display to bother my...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Jenn K. Lee (

Nook Color (with Froyo) review


This guest review was written by Aaron Orquia.

As the time of this writing, however, Froyo on the Nook actually works surprisingly well, considering the fact that it was never intended to work at all. Sound, WiFi, the display, the accelerometer, and the Market all work. In fact, everything you...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Will Shanklin (

Barnes & Noble Nook Color Review


The modding community helps a device with an identity crisis to "find itself" The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is a very unique device to review, because you're really talking ab...

However, when you look at the Nook as a full Android tablet, this just may be the best value on the market right now. It's not for those averse to tinkering, but if you're wanting an affordable tablet without some of the bells and whistles of more...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Allen Schmidt (

B&N Nook Color Review


The old forms of media have seen better days.  Newspapers are losing subscribers daily to internet blogs and internet media that provide up to the minute information impossible to be delivered in the classic format.  No longer do people need to wait...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Helena Stone (

Barnes & Noble Nook Color Review


We've been impatiently waiting for a serious color e-reader for a long, long time. Monochrome e-readers have been out for a while now, and a few color e-readers have even popped up recently, but none of these recent color e-readers have had enough...

Excellent display and build quality, 7″ display offers the perfect size for an e-reader in terms of portability and comfort, polished interface, fair price tag, social networking integration, massive library of over 2 million ebooks and periodicals,...

No 3G option, some lag when turning magazine pages and zooming in and out, battery life isn't as long as on most monochrome e-readers, a bit on the heavy side, very limited amounts of Extras available so far and no access to Android Marketplace yet

The Barnes & Noble Nook Color may not be the first e-reader with a full color touchscreen, but it’s definitely the best color e-reader option available on the market today. Its interface is quite polished for a first run, and that combined with B&N’s...

Dec, 2010