Monday November 20 , 2017

nookcolor, the B&N iPad?

Meet_Nook_3Today B&N announced a new eReader device in the nook family - nookColor. From a hardware perspective, the new nookColor is really more like the iPad than the current nook device. It has a backlit color touchscreen and is powered to run a variety of applications. The current nook is focused on being an eReader device with an "easy on the eyes" screen and a long battery life. As much as B&N tried, the current nook is really only good for reading books. It turns out that's why most of us bought it!

While the new nookColor shares more in common with the iPad from a device perspective it has a smaller screen and a highly customized B&N interface (built around the Android platform). Make no mistake the nookColor will not function just like an iPad or Samsung Tab - it will have a very strong focus and tie to being an eReader.

Here are some of the known benefits over the nook:

Works with the new "Nook Kids" technology for kids interactive eBooks.
Highly optimized interface for reading magazines and periodicals. 
Will likely work with nookStudy (but no word on that yet).
New social apps including sharing LendMe books (very nice feature).
Manage & View other files (PDF, Word, Powerpoint). 
Includes more non-reader apps than the nook.
Special screen cover to reduce glare (maybe from the screen itself)
A promised "App Store" for developers to add new apps.
More memory for storing books, music, etc. 

All that color and extra functionality may not be your thing. Here are some disadvantages of the nookColor:

Cost. The nook will probably be $99 for the Wifi version soon - that's a big price difference.
You'll find yourself wasting the 6-8 hours of battery on non-book reading (if my iPad usage is any clue!)
Distractions. Since it's more than a book reader and that may distract you from enjoying books.
Applications will only be from B&N now, not as full-featured as a tablet.
No free 3G to buy books.
Backlit screen. It's not going to be as easy on the eyes - it's a computer screen. 

So the question is ... would you rather spend $500 for an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab and have something potentially "bigger and better" with some of the same B&N apps? Do you like the idea of the current nook with the long battery life, simple interface, and clear screen? I think if you are looking for a great eReader the B&N nook and the new Kindle are the best deals for the money. I'll be honest I'm not sure what I think of this new nook yet!

It's available for pre-order now and should begin shipping November 19th. It may get back-ordered so if you really think this is "your thing" I'd order today with FREE shipping. They are planning on having it available by December at Best Buy and Walmart.

Ok, So besides the "Gee I wish I didn't just buy a nook" reactions... what do you think of the new device?  Ebay the nook and pre-order nookColor? Happy with what you have?


0 #19 2010-12-06 17:27
I love the nook Color!
I am writing this comment from a nook color while flying
0 #18 amckenzie4 2010-11-07 12:41
I bought an e-ink device because I didn't want an LCD. I wanted a relatively inexpensive device with good battery life and a screen I could read without eye-strain. I spend too much of my life sitting behind a computer already: I want something that looks like a printed page. e-ink is the only way to get that.

So no, I won't be buying a color Nook, and I'll be highly disappointed if they discontinue support for the black-and-white.
0 #17 2010-11-03 18:31
I personally love my current nook. I love the eink. However I will still be buying a new nookcolor, for my magazines, videos, and for night-time reading. I don't think Barnes and Noble is going to be leaving eink in the dust, but with the androidsystem they don't really have to come out with a new eink device, until color eink is available, which will not be for at least a few years. The nookcolor is for people that need an ereader to do more than a normal ereader, and for whom the Que from Barnes and Noble was originally meant for.
-1 #16 2010-11-01 10:26
don't see any reason to buy in color, love my nook just the way it is, if i want color,I can just get on my computer. If my kids want to read a book, they can got to the library or the bookstore itself.
I bought the nook because I wanted to just read the book, this is why i didn't get the kindle.
0 #15 RLozier 2010-10-31 07:15
Want color then: Look at the Pandigital Novel, same size screen, and not enough difference to cover the much higher price. Work the discounts at Kohl's, Bed Bath and Beyond. Hugh plus is your still tied into B & N's huge library. Mine was $111. after all the Kohl's discounts and caught the $10 for $50.
-3 #14 2010-10-31 01:29
Well, if I wanted an ipad, I would buy an ipad. If I want a nook, I'll buy a nook. No need to combine. This generation is trying to go above and beyond what they've already done, when maybe what they've already done is perfect the way it is.
-1 #13 jwilkens 2010-10-29 16:34
May be going out on a limb here but... Half wishing I bought Kindle books and owned a Kindle 2 now. Seems B&N is letting e-ink go. I read an article that they claim they did "extensive studies" and there is no more eyestrain on LCD. Think you'll see another eInk device from B&N? Not if this baby sells well you wont.
+1 #12 2010-10-29 02:38
Looks like one of those beautiful devices I decided NOT to buy for reading.

I hope B&N would make some serious commitment to:
- Keep working for real readers: We love eink and we really read a lot on them, if you want to go color give us mirasol or pixelqi.
- Upgrade your software. What about more dictionaries, better PDF support, if you don't have the time or resources, just open the platform, the guys at nookdevs are doing good stuff, let the community in.
- Go international. Why fighting in the tablet market when many people round the world are waiting for B&N to go international? Really there's more than the US
- Work on Nook 2. Just outdo yourselves! We could use a touch screen that doesn't obscure the display, smaller, slimmer, better way to be hold by the case (ala kindle)
-1 #11 2010-10-28 02:37
I'm not considering buying neither iPad nor NookColor, I'm into a _real_ eReader.
I bought the Wifi-version about two months ago, so I just missed the price slashing, but I'm totally cool with that. Its still the best $149 I ever used :)
It's all okay, but boy did I hope for the B&N store going international. I live in Denmark, so honestly my hope for the store going international, was one of the reasons I bought the Nook instead of a Kindle.
0 #10 2010-10-27 17:33
Quoting martin:
I might buy a tablet in the future, but I am sure that I will not buy one from B&N. I already had a few issues with my nook and Customer Care just did not help me.

Lot of people are happy with the customer service. I can't say I had good experience myself. First off anytime i email them, i get response "it is better that you called us". When I emailed the a question about pubit the response was "due to high volume of emails we wont be able to respond to your email". why do they even advertise support via emails when they cant respond to them.

Anyways customer service is never a deciding factor when i purchase a device.

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