Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Color vs 1st Edition

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Color

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Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Thinner 12.2 mm vs 13 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Slightly faster web browser 4,101ms vs 4,500ms Around 10% faster web browser
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK 1st Edition

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Has a removable battery Yes vs No Somewhat common; Old batteries can be replaced inexpensively
Lighter weight 318 g vs 422 g Around 25% lighter weight

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK Color  vs
1st Edition 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 169 ppi 166 ppi

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Evernote integration Yes No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes No
Parental controls No No

storage

Memory 5 GB 2 GB

technical specs

NOOK Color  vs
1st Edition 
Document support
XLS
DOC
PDF
XLX
TXT
PPT
ePUB
CBZ

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore NOOK Book Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.27 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.84 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $9.64
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

form factor

Size 127 x 205 x 12.2 mm 124 x 196 x 13 mm
Weight 422 g 318 g
Headphone jack Yes Yes
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