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NOOK Color review

7.8/10 AVG.

Informr score
The NOOK Color currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Barnes and Noble recently came out with their newest eReader, the Nook Color. This eReader features a completely new operating system, with it being based on the Android OS. Being in color means that the new Nook can also take full advantage of markets that the Amazon Kindle cannot cater to. Children's books and full color magazines are two areas where the Nook should dominate the market.

The Nook is almost a hybrid between an eReader and a tablet. It has a fully functional web browser, music player and even has various games that are uploaded onto it or can be downloaded through the Barnes and Noble store. The Nook has a seven inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, making it far superior in that category to the Kindle.

In terms of performance, the Nook Color has a TI OMAP CPU that goes to speeds up to 800 MHz as well as 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of flash memory for storage. There is also WiFi for accessing the internet and downloading movies, but there is no 3G service and that is a slight disappointment. The battery life is decent, given the colored screen and other features, and it ranges up to two days with moderate usage. Constant usage gives you a battery life of between ten to twelve hours.

Overall, the Nook is certainly a competitor for the Kindle, however its colored screen also results in it catering to a completely different audience. Those who want more than just black and white text from their eReader will certainly be enticed by the Nook Color. Its ability to display children's books and magazines is another intriguing aspect. The only drawback to the Nook Color is its $250 price tag, which makes it $100 more expensive than the Kindle.

Need to Know: NOOK Color

1. Color screen. (The Good)

2. Sleek and lightweight design. (The Good)

3. Hefty price tag. (The Bad)

4. Low battery life, compared to Kindle. (The Bad)

Screen Size
8 GB
Reading Time

What the Critics Are Saying...

The eBook Reader

Barnes and Noble has done a lot right with the Nook Color—it's solidly made with a metal frame yet isn't uncomfortably heavy, the user interface is smooth and intuitive, the color screen is gorgeous—but that doesn't change the fact that it would be much more versatile with support for 3r...

- Nathan, The eBook Reader
Nothing But Tablets

So is this an ereader? A tablet? It’s an ereader with several bonuses thrown in. In the very near future, we will find out how much B&N wants to open this device up.  But even if they leave it somewhat locked down, it is still a fantastic device.  It looks and feels excellent.&nb...

- Allen Schmidt, Nothing But Tablets

Caught between two worlds, the Nook Color is an undeniably interesting, if somewhat conflicted device. It's not quite a tablet, but it's more than a simple ebook reader. It can do things that an e-ink reader simply can't—even if it doesn't always excel at them—but it's nearly as cheap at...

- Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo

So, is the Nook Color worth your hard-earned cash? Well, we'll say this -- if you're a hardcore reader with an appetite that extends beyond books to magazines and newspapers, the Color is the first viable option we've seen that can support your habit. Not only does Barnes & Noble have an astound...

- Joshua Topolsky , Engadget
PC Magazine

With the original Nook and Kindle selling for just under $200 each (less than $150 each if you forgo 3G) and the Apple iPad starting at $500, the $250 Nook Color occupies a place right in the middle. As long as you don't expect full tablet functionality, and you keep your Barnes & Noble-approved...

- Dan Costa & David Pierce, PC Magazine

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Screen Size

The NOOK Color's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

800 MHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A8 800 MHz processor (CPU).


The eReader runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The e-reader is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery.

NOOK Color Specs

Release date October 26, 2010
Regions available USA
SIM card size No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM Cortex-A8 800 MHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 512 MB
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.6 x 12.7 x 1.2 cm (8.1 x 5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 448 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Mono
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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