I’ve had my Nook Color for about a year now, and I guess it’s time for a review! Truth? I haven’t used it that much. In fact, I’ve kinda been trying to sell it. (However, I recently found a case for a VERY good price and now I’m all “maybe I can make it work” again.) I got it for such a good price that it seems a shame NOT to use it more, but, well…you’ll see.
What I like: the screen is very pretty, with the colors and whatnot. And it’s nice to have a tablet! It makes reading books just a little nicer– less scrolling than on other devices (like a phone, for instance). And since it’s got an LCD screen, reading books at night is easy-peasy– I don’t have to turn my huge reading lamp on and have it half-blind me while trying to finish a chapter before bed.
I also like the crosswords app. Hurr.
Best of all: It’s super easy to “hack” it into a proper Android tablet! (Albeit one without a camera.) Which makes it even BETTER because then I can use all my book apps, not just the Nook one. The native Nook OS is kinda clunky, so having another option is great.
What I don’t like: Holy crap is this thing heavy. Holding it up for more than half an hour is VERY DIFFICULT; I have to be sure to prop my arms up somewhere or else I end up straining something. It’s almost as bad as reading a hardback, which is terrible because not being able to hold up super heavy hardbacks are why I started reading ebooks!
Also, if I use the default Nook OS I can only read books bought from Barnes & Noble, of which I have very few, or I have to sideload non-B&N books. The sideloaded ones NEVER turn out looking good in the Nook reader app for some reason, even the ones that started out specifically formatted at epubs.
In conclusion: I like the screen and the fact that I can expand the storage (and/or hack it into something nicer), but the weight and the boring-ness of the Nook OS is not working for me.
If you have forearms of steel (or want a cheap tablet and don’t mind not having a camera), you’re set. If you’re a weakling like me, you’ll probably need to get something like the Nook Simple Touch. They don’t have color screens and I don’t think they’re backlight, but at least they won’t crush you when you’re reading on them.
Do you have a Nook Color? (or an HD or whatever?) How do you like it?