Barnes & Noble Nook Color Tablet eBook Reader Review$249.00
Movies & Video
The Nook Color can double as a video player as well as an eBook reader, which adds a whole other level of use to the device. Videos look good on the 7-inch LCD screen, with bright whites and good color, but the controls on offer are somewhat basic. You play videos through the Gallery application, and this only offers basic features. When a video is playing, you can touch the screen to bring up the controls, which allow you to pause and play, rewind and fast forward and to scrub through the video by dragging the dot on the line to find the required point. This scrubbing is awkward, though: you get no preview until you stop and wait, so it is hard to find a specific time with any accuracy.
The management features for videos are basic, to put it mildly. The Gallery application shows you a thumbnail of all of the videos and photos stored on the device, with no way to select just videos. This means that if you have photos on the device, you could end up scrolling around a lot until you find the video you want. These thumbnails are in the order that they were loaded onto the device, with no other sorting option.
The only video format supported by the Nook Color is MP4. It cannot play videos in other formats, such as Quicktime, Windows Media or MPEG-2. It also cannot play DRM copy protected video from online stores such as the Apple iTunes store.
No support is offered for accessing internet video.
Video Battery Life
We found that the battery life of the Nook Color when playing video was somewhat shorter than the eBook test: the battery ran out after playing 5 hours and 24 minutes of video. That is definitely on the short side, but it is long enough to watch a movie and still have enough battery life for a few hours of book reading.