Someone asked me today: which one should i get, the Nook Color or the newer Nook Tablet? I had to scratch my head a bit because I didn’t realize that Barnes and Noble still even sold the Nook Color. But I checked, and sure enough, the Nook Color can still be bought for $199 while the Nook Tablet is going for $249.
The two tablets look almost identical. There are some hardware differences between the two. The new Nook Tablet has double the RAM, faster (dual-core) processor, double the storage, slightly better battery and native microphone support.
Some of these specs might sway you to pay the extra $50 for the Nook Tablet but I personally wouldn’t recommend it. The reason is that the original Nook Color can handle book reading tasks as well as web/video usage. It is even reported that the next revision of the Nook Color OS will give it Netflix support. But even more importantly, the Nook Color can be modded to use much more robust operating systems than the stock one from Barnes and Noble. And keep in mind that the modding community probably won’t adopt the Nook Tablet but instead stick to using the old Nook Color hardware.
The reason that I doubt that the Android modding community is going to adopt the Nook Tablet as they did with the original Nook Color is the simple fact that there are so many other Android tablets in the wild that the Nook Tablet will be overlooked. There’s really nothing special about the new model. But when the first Nook Color came out in the Fall of 2010, it was the first low-cost Android tablet that used high quality components. And because it was first, geeks (myself included) snatched them up and began modding it. Since these same enthusiasts still have a NC, they probably won’t be swayed to upgrade to the new Nook Tablet due to it not being considerably different.
So there you have it folks. It’s my opinion that the older Nook Color will remain popular for OS modders and the Nook Tablet will likely be used for book reading with the stock OS. But if that’s the case, the Nook Color can easily handle these tasks…so my recommendation is to save the $50 and buy the Nook Color. Plus, I have the feeling that over time, the Nook Color will go for a higher price on the used market compared to the Nook Tablet because of people the continued support from the modding community. Think of the Nook Color as a classic car — despite its age, people would rather have it than the new model.