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Barnes & Noble Nook Color Tablet eBook Reader Review

The Barnes & Noble NOOKColor costs $249, but you get quite a lot for your pennies.

March 07, 2011
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Device & Specs

These two devices are very different: the Nook Color is a small, sleek device, while the iPad is a large, somewhat clumsy to hold device. But that extra size gives the iPad the advantage of having a bigger battery (and longer battery life), a bigger screen and offering more capacity for music and video.

Screen

Both devices offer LCD screens that work in much the same way. This means they both have the same advantages (wide contrast, visibility in low light) and disadvantages, such as they way they fade in direct sunlight. The iPad performed slightly better in daylight and had a very slightly wider contrast range, but neither device is really suited to reading by the pool.

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Battery

Both devices had enough juice for a short commute, but the iPad lasted longer than the Nook Color in our tests. So, the Apple device would be more suited for use on a longer trip or if you regularly travel away from a power source.

eReader

We found that both devices performed well as eBook readers, producing clean, sharp text on the screen. However, many people find LCD screens uncomfortable to use for longer periods, so if you want to read a lot of eBooks, you might be better off with a Kindle or other eInk device.

Internet

The iPad is the clear winner as an internet device, offering a much wider set of Internet features on the device itself, and allowing for much more expandability through the App Store.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad Wi-Fi (16 GB) Comparison
  11. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  12. Sony Reader Daily Edition Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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