30 Replies Latest reply on Dec 17, 2012 9:18 AM by DeanGibson

    Nook Color vs Tablets + Nook App

    rafalweb

      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!

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          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.

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              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.

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                  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.

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                      beeyebickiebuy

                      Omnigeek wrote:

                      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.


                      What kind of pants do you wear?  There is no possible way that I could get a NC into any of my pants pockets.

                       

                      Hey, wait a minute.  Are you Captain Kangaroo?  I remember that he had extraordinarily large pockets.

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                  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.
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                      MatthewH
                      Both price and size were considerations for me: an iPad is too big and too expensive for me.  Also there's a Barnes and Noble store near me, so I can get local support if needed.  And I can read many books free while in that store.
                      At the end of a day working, I love curling up in the sofa with my NC for websurfing and reading: more relaxing than looking up at a computer.
                      I'm about to order one of these, because I find myself using cushions to prop up my NC in the sofa:
                      http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATES/PRODUCT/Product.asp?Params=Category=15-225|Level=2-3|pageid=7614

                      schatzieWI wrote:
                      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.
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                      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.

                       

                       

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                        * 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.

                         

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                            Size, flash and cost.

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                              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. 

                               

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                                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.

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                                mariel9898

                                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.

                                 

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                                  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.  

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                                    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.

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                                        Don


                                        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.

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                                        Magazines do work with my LG Slate tablet using the Android app, and they work beautifully.

                                         

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                                            I purchased three other tablets before finding the NC. The top reason for going with the NC was the ease of page turning while reading. The others were too difficult to deal with and I felt like it was an effort to turn pages. The Kindle wasn't an issue since you can only read with it. I really love that I surf the web, shop, and listen to music on the NC. Now, the upgrade I am loving it even more--if that is possible. I consider the NC the better solution and much more reasonably priced the the ipad. Plus, the ipad is awkward to hold in one hand. I would rather spend the difference in price on lots of eBooks.

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                                                I never wanted an ereader. I loved the feel of books in my hands and could not imagine holding a flat tablet type device to read. My husband kept bugging me about getting an ereader-he is a techie and we were running out of space to store my books. Looked at every available ereader made. Narrowed it down to Kindle or Nook. I could not decide. They just did not "do it" for me. Then the NC came out. And I knew. This is what I want. I like multitaskers. Couldn't buy a device for one purpose only. I like to access the web, email, and read. I wanted access to newspapers, magazines, and I wanted to see it all in color. Never liked the appearance of e ink. Bought one of the first ones in Nov. 2010 and never looked back. If it is possible to be in love with a device, color me pink! And the update and apps! Perfect.

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                                            BFCoughlin

                                            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! 

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                                                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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                                                rafalweb

                                                Thank you for all of the replies guys.......a lot of good info.   Now I have to dredge up 250 bucks.   

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                                                    I believe you won't regret it. I too had ipad envy, but size is what made me choose the nc. I already have an iPhone so I have access to the apple app store, but I wanted something with a bigger screen and the ipad was not as portable IMHO. I had not researched the NC to know it could be rooted, well I have via sdcard and its worth it to me. Just needing to get a dual boot version so my card doesn't get lost or ruined. Enjoy!
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                                                      rafalweb wrote:

                                                      Thank you for all of the replies guys.......a lot of good info.   Now I have to dredge up 250 bucks.   


                                                      If $250 is more than you can swing, start looking for BN refurbs.  Last week Buy.com had one for $199 and Overstock had one for $185 with coupon.  Some people shy away from refurbs but at least on the N1E a refurb is generally as good as a new one.  If your new NC broke the warranty would let them replace it with a refurb anyway.

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                                                      I don't actually have a Nook Color but I do have a Kindle and love it. However, we are not here to discuss the competition. My other device is a 7" Android tablet that I bought off Ebay for $120 back in Janurary. They are now going for about $90 for the same tablet. I run the Nook app on it and it works beautifully. I just can't justify spending $240 for the Nook Color when I can accomplish the same thing on what is now a tablet for under $100. Although I like my Kindle, I find myself using the Nook app more and more these days because of the back lit LCD and reading in bed. It's so frustrating to try and find a book like that works well. Now I also have the Kindle app but again, I prefer the Nook app because of the amount of customization it allows. I can also shop for books with it and it delivers right to my tablet. So, my suggestion for those on a budget is to buy a cheap Android tablet for under $100 and run the app. I have also seen Android based readers at Walgreens for around a hundred dollars that you can load the Nook app onto. Remember, the NC is a great device but personally I'd rather save that $150 for the books I can buy for it. Also, you can load any epub formatted book on it reguardless of where it was purchased.

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                                                          It all depends on what you want. Enhanced content books and magazines so far will not work through apps for any othet device. I have several enhanced books, which are fantastic. Most notably is Ken Burns' the Civil War. New mags like Time and People have enhanced features as well. Read to me kid's books will not work either. I do like the nook app on my phone and know the app is different on a tablet, but it does lack some features. I do believe screens will or are catching up with the quality of the NC's, but its screen is still superior to many out there. As far as epubs go, I've already mentioned it's not quite true that you can load all epubs into the app-enhanced books are epubs as well, but you can also load epubs from other retailers onto the NC as well. I believe others have compared or discussed the Walgreen's reader before. Please, don't even suggest it is of the same quality as the NC. As far as other $100 tablets, people really must do their homework. It's like me saying there's no difference between a $300 laptop and a $2000 one. What's inside? Does it deliver? What's the track record? Support? Warranty? Specs? The processor may be incapable of playing any video. What version of Android is on it? Don't suggest xomething just because of price, but compare first the specs, then the features and make the decision that works for you. I personally want to see what's coming out soon. I'd shell out $250 for an NC2 that incorporated what the NC now has, but has more. Rumored to be coming before Christmas and before Amazon's.
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                                                              When I am at home I use a full size tablet. When I'm not I use the NC. Interesting how each tablet gets it half right. Samsung has a dual core 7.7 Inch coming that may just hit all the marks.
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                                                                  jrussell1 wrote:
                                                                  When I am at home I use a full size tablet. When I'm not I use the NC. Interesting how each tablet gets it half right. Samsung has a dual core 7.7 Inch coming that may just hit all the marks.

                                                                   

                                                                  I think Samsung is the one company so far taking this seriously. Most all I need to or want to do I can do now. I use my phone for many things, my NC for others, and my pc or laptop for still others. Until a tablet with Android nook app will read my enhanced books and mags, I've no reason to get one. Others have different needs. It will be interesting to see what comes along. It would be kind of neat if BN could form a sort of partnership with google. Just my musing, of course.
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                                                                Well, if you want the NC still, it now costs a measly $100<. Also the fabled NC2 is now out. Actually called the Nook tablet, it is great! It performs some things even better then the new Nook HD and HD+. And it now only costs $130<. May I add that the Nook app is not as good as the real deal. It probably takes up too much space and updates may be constant, and not all updates are free. This is an opinion, but I truly think the Nook tablet or NC is the better deal.

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                                                                    If we're resurrecting a thread that's over a year dead, I'd like to hear a comparison between a Nexus 7 running the Nook app and FBReader, and a Nook HD. The N7 is my current front-runner for a NC replacement (I drool over my son's), but I'm using CM10+FBReader on my NC, and only using the Nook app for purchases.
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                                                                        DeanGibson

                                                                        stolenmoment wrote:
                                                                        If we're resurrecting a thread that's over a year dead, I'd like to hear a comparison between a Nexus 7 running the Nook app and FBReader, and a Nook HD. The N7 is my current front-runner for a NC replacement (I drool over my son's), but I'm using CM10+FBReader on my NC, and only using the Nook app for purchases.

                                                                        I think there is an existing thread on this.  Note that the N7 doesn't have an SD card slot (if you care).