Getting into the world of e-readers is always a good thing, especially if you’ve always wanted to expand the amount of books that you honestly read. A lot of people think that they’ve fallen out of love for books, when the truth is that they’ve just fallen out of love for constantly having to check out new books or pick up a new stack of bulky books. In addition, reading on an electronic device saves a lot of space. Everyone probably has at least one friend whose house seems devoured by books. Those days can be gone forever if you opt to get an e-reader. And just because you decide to read books electronically isn’t going to mean that you never pick up a magazine or a newspaper or even a regular book. But you have to admit — the idea of electronic reading is pretty straightforward and convenient, isn’t it?
Well, if you get the right e-reader, it’s definitely something that’s straightforward. We really like the Nook Color because it’s more than just a straight e-reader — it’s more like a tablet than anything else. You’re going to be getting something pretty powerful that will open up a whole new multimedia based world to you. And that’s something to be excited about. 50 years ago, this type of technology would have never existed.
So, why are we so crazy about the Nook Color? There are a lot of features and specs to appreciate when it comes to this device.
We can start with the touchscreen. It’s an ultra-responsive 7-inch multi-touch screen which displays 16 million colors. The colors pop brightly, which means that reading is going to be a joy rather than a torture. While not everything you read will have color to it, that doesn’t mean that you won’t give it a good work out. Some people really like being able to read magazines on their Nook Color instead of having to sit and read something in black and white. You will also be able to check out neat magazines as well as newspapers for 14 days for free — and there’s even video to go with it.
The Nook is from Barnes & Noble, which boasts itself as the world’s largest bookstore. There are nearly 2.5 million titles to choose from. There are free samples that you can check out, and when you’re ready to purchase something else, you can get it via Wi-Fi in a matter of seconds — or a few minutes in realistic time. There’s Free Fridays that let you check out the best that Barnes & Noble feels you should be looking into, which means that there’s always something to read.
You can increase the text size to make it bigger, and you can even choose what type of font that you get. If you want to read in landscape format, you can do that. You just turn the tablet around and it will automatically update itself.
There are plenty of apps that you can download for your Nook as well. Can’t get enough Angry Birds? Download it! If you want to play Scrabble, you can download that too. There are a few games and apps that are pre-loaded to your Nook Color, so you don’t have to feel deprived.
What we really liked what Wi-Fi being built in — it made for a really fast Web browsing experience, and we also got to Facebook pretty quickly as well. It’s also easy to look at email, and let’s face it — everyone looks at email at least once a day.
Pandora is one of the best apps for the Nook, and it’s pretty easy to get the other big music players on there as well. Grooveshark is possible, as well as Rhapsody and MOG if that’s what you want. If you already have plenty of tunes, you can listen to them with the built-in music player.
Netflix now plugs into your Nook Color — you can watch movies and TV shows. You already have to make sure that you are a subscriber of Netflix, but there is a 30 day trial that’s included.
Nook Comics are also available now, and they definitely take full advantage of that big, vibrant screen.
Battery life is good on the Nook, with roughly 8 hours of battery life. This is perfect for road warriors that find themselves with hours to kill before a flight. With a Nook Color, you won’t be bored — how cool is that?
You can swap books with other Nook people, and even if you start reading and then have to do something else — Nook makes sure that you never miss your spot.
Let’s say that something happens to your Nook Color — you can always get free Nook Color support at any of the stores. There’s also free Wi-Fi there and special offers on books and cafe treats.
This means that really when you think about it, there are a lot of features to like about the Nook Color. Should you get one? Considering that it’s running under an Android platform and has plenty of available book and document formats (ePub, PDF, CBZ, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, just to name a few) as well as video formats (Flash, MP4), it’s safe to say that the Nook Color is definitely worth it. Check it out today!