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    Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

      I'm considering buying a Nook Color.   Just curious.......why did you decide to purchase the NookColor specifically, as opposed to a generic tablet which can use the downloaded app?   Since the price of the NC is an obvious advantage for it, please don't include that as a reason.  I'm looking for the functionality and experience that has made the NC a winner over the alternatives for you.  Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

          rafalweb wrote:

          I'm considering buying a Nook Color.   Just curious.......why did you decide to purchase the NookColor specifically, as opposed to a generic tablet which can use the downloaded app?   Since the price of the NC is an obvious advantage for it, please don't include that as a reason.  I'm looking for the functionality and experience that has made the NC a winner over the alternatives for you.  Thanks!


          Originally, I had bought the Nook but when I got it home couldn't read it in my low light home without a light on.  Returned it.  Then the NC came out and the iPad.  I did a lot of research and since I wanted a backlit ereader, I got the NC.  The screen quality was excellent.  It had more memory, was easier to hold because of the size.  I don't do Apple because it is so proprietary so bought the NC. Haven't looked back or felt bad because other tablets have come out.

           

          As far as the downloaded app, it won't play enhanced books, magazines, or the kids read to me books.  I think - don't quote me on that - it also doesn't have the night mode.

          • 2. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App
            Price would be the only reason in my opinion. My daughter has an ipad and is very happy. When my nookcolor bites the dust, i will be buying a full-featured tablet. But, in the meantime, my nookcolor has pretty much replaced my laptop for web- surfing, email, etc. Laptop is only used for finances, letter writing, printing, faxing, etc.
            • 3. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

              I bought mine because I wanted a color eReader that could play music and surf the web. I'm not an Apple fan so the iPad was out...plus it's screen is too large to be real handy. The Kindle was my first choice but the non color screen sunk it. 

               

              After purchase and finding out you could root it...it completely changed the reasons I had it from being an eReader to being a tablet. I couldn't be happier with it for what it does and for what I paid for it.

               

               

              • 4. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                Actually the Nook app will do magazines, newspapers, etc. It also has a night mode which works beautifully for reading in bed. There may be some functions it doesn't do as well as the NC, but I haven't found them. I have a G-Slate tablet from t-mobile.

                • 5. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                  * Portability

                  Even though I'm not an Apple fan, I was considering an iPad. But many of my friends who carry it around told me that it is too large and do not fit well in a purse to carry it around.

                  And yes, there are other tablets with similar size, but hey, the NC is cheaper and I can install all Android apps after rooting, so there was no question. (By the way, I wasn't about to pay additional monthly data plan for 3G, so I was fine with the NC's Wifi option).

                   

                  * NC Stock Reading App

                  In my personal opinion, it's the best available in the market.

                  Yes, you can download the Nook app from Android market, but it lacks many functions that the come with the stock reading app. Just can't beat it.

                   

                  • 6. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                    That the fact that it can be easily rooted and that you can run other OSs off the SD card won me over.

                     

                    Other factors in my decision:

                    * It's backlit. I don't like the e-ink refresh rates and flashing between each page. Although the new Nook Simple Touch is impressive in that area.

                     

                    * Magazines!

                     

                    * Color web browser. And if rooted, your choice of web browsers.

                     

                    • 7. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                      Size, flash and cost.

                      • 8. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App
                        roustabout

                        URS, why do you prefer the stock reader to the Nook app for Android, or Aldiko? 

                         

                        I have used both, and the Nook stock reader is, for me, inferior.  It has a very poor night mode, it does not synch as well as the Nook app does between devices (computer, tablet) reading the same material, it does not support landscape mode, which means most covers for the NC can't be used in standalone mode and the device is much pickier to read from when you're charging it. 

                         

                        • 9. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App
                          Omnigeek

                          I had originally been planning on going the iPad route back when it was still a rumor (and some were calling it iSlate) but the product out of Apple is the worst of both worlds IMO.  It's just not powerful enough for what I want to do in portable computing so I have a MacBook Pro for real computing.  It's too darned big to drop in my pocket for quick ereading.  The NC fits what I wanted -- more reading space than on my phone but small enough to fit in my coat or pants pocket with backlighting since I do most of my reading indoors or at night and color so I can enjoy the photos in Nat Geo.

                          • 10. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                            UrSunshine wrote:

                            * Portability

                            Even though I'm not an Apple fan, I was considering an iPad. But many of my friends who carry it around told me that it is too large and do not fit well in a purse to carry it around.

                            And yes, there are other tablets with similar size, but hey, the NC is cheaper and I can install all Android apps after rooting, so there was no question. (By the way, I wasn't about to pay additional monthly data plan for 3G, so I was fine with the NC's Wifi option).

                             

                            * NC Stock Reading App

                            In my personal opinion, it's the best available in the market.

                            Yes, you can download the Nook app from Android market, but it lacks many functions that the come with the stock reading app. Just can't beat it.

                             


                            I agree with both your reasons and want to add another: I didn't need a tablet; I wanted a book reader.  The added tablet functionality is great but not essential.

                            • 11. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                              I wanted an e-reader.  The color feature was my first deciding factor between the NC and the Kindle.  I figured I could spend almost $100 more for something my daughter and I could both use.  Since the apps have come along, my daughter and I never leave home without it.  I have considered rooting it, but I haven't really found the need to.  Anything I need to do that I can't do on the NC I can do on my laptop.  So I decided to leave my NC as an ereader.  

                              • 12. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                                rafalweb wrote:

                                I'm considering buying a Nook Color.   Just curious.......why did you decide to purchase the NookColor specifically, as opposed to a generic tablet which can use the downloaded app?   Since the price of the NC is an obvious advantage for it, please don't include that as a reason.  I'm looking for the functionality and experience that has made the NC a winner over the alternatives for you.  Thanks!


                                Magazines.   the Android app (or iPad app) do NOT work with magazines.

                                • 13. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                                  What I wanted was an ereader with basic web functionality so I could read my morning newspapers/blogs/forums at the kitchen table during breakfast without hauling out my laptop.  The NC does it all.  I don't need it to do things like keep my life organized--my iPhone does that and more.  And I'm not a gamer, so I don't need the larger screen of an iPad that might make games better.  And for things like word processing, I have a desktop computer with its nice full keyboard. as others have mentioned, the NC is very poratable.  I take it with me if I'm going anywhere I wave to wait so I can read; and on our camping trips  or if we're away somewhere for the weeked instead of hauling a stack of books.  I haven't felt the need to root it, but the fact that I could if I decided I wanted more from it is a plus. 

                                   

                                  I confess that I suffered from serious iPad envy before I got my NC. Now I honestly doubt I'd use it very much.  My son has one and he's got NC envy! 

                                  • 14. Re: Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

                                    I know you mentioned price shouldn't be included, but I don't see how it can't be.  For $250 plus another $30 for a high end micro SD card you can have an android tablet.

                                     

                                    I run my NC in stock though, mainly because I don't really want to added app distractions.  I agree that the BN Stock Reader is better than the Android one (at least the one I run on my phone), no experience with the iPhone or iPad one though.

                                     

                                    As mentioned before, size is a big draw over the iPad.  The 7 inch form is really nice and protable.  It's a little too heavy to do a lot of reading (without just laying it on your lap) but not so big and bulky it's a pain to carry around.

                                     

                                    And one of the main reasons I run my NC stock is Nook Kids.  My son absolutely loves the kids books on there.  While there are a number of pretty good story apps for the iPad or Android also, the kids book through B&N are great as well.  The Nook store is getting a lot of those story apps for the NC also, so its a best of both worlds.

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