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Barnes and Noble Nook Touch Edition eReader Review

Overall, the Barnes and Noble Nook Touch Edition eReader does one thing and does it exceptionally well.

June 21, 2011
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Device & Specs

Despite sharing a similar model name, each of these devices are very different animals. Though they both have touchscreen elements, the Nook Color and Nook Touch differ in just about every other measure. They both have different screen technologies, different processing power and different capabilities. The Color can play back music, video and streaming internet content, where the Nook Touch cannot in any capacity. At over double the cost of the Nook Touch, we'd recommend it if you want to have a budget media tablet and avoid a horrific tablet experience.

Screen

The Color has a bigger, LCD screen with a higher resolution (but lower DPI), while the Nook Touch has a smaller eInk display with a smaller resolution but higher DPI. This comparison is very apples and oranges here, as each device is looking to perform a different range of tasks. Still, if you're only interested in reading eBooks, you can bet that the Nook Touch is the closest thing you'll get to reading an actual printed page.

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Battery

Another apples and oranges comparison, the Nook Touch can last over 10 consecutive days of reading eBooks, where the Nook Color will last only seven or eight hours, and less if you play back audio or video. This is due to the LCD screen requiring a strong backlight to be seen, which draws significantly more power than an eInk display.

eReader

As a pure eReader, it's tough to beat the Nook Touch, and the Nook Color certainly doesn't. The battery life is shorter, the controls are a little less easy and the screen doesn't allow it to be taken in as wide a range of lighting environments as the Nook Touch. If you are looking for an eReader and nothing else, the Nook Touch will beat the Nook Color any day of the week.

Internet

Where the Nook Color outshines the Nook Touch is in its internet support and applications. You can stream music, video and even browse the web with it. Still, it's somewhat rudimentary, but it's nowhere near as bad as the Kindle's browser.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  7. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  8. Kobo eReader Wireless Comparison
  9. Conclusion
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