Refurbished Nook Colors Now $179, Signs Pointing to a Nook Color 2 in 2011


Nook Color Refurbs

Barnes and Noble has cut the price on refurbished Nook Colors by $20, marking them down to $179 both on B&N’s eBay store and on Barnes and Noble.com.

Since the new Nook Colors regularly sell for $249, a $70 discount for a factory refurbished unit with free shipping and a full 1 year warranty is a pretty good deal, but it also makes you wonder if Barnes and Noble is getting prepared to release a new Nook Color later this year.

Under normal circumstances I’d say that there’s no chance B&N would create and put out another Nook Color this year. After all, they are not an electronics company, they are a book-selling company. Furthermore, it took them a full year and a half to release a new E Ink Nook, and the Nook Color won’t be one year old until the end of October.

But with Amazon getting set to announce a new Android tablet or two, and with all the newer Android tablets hitting the market with faster processors and lower prices, perhaps Barnes and Noble will indeed release a Nook Color 2 before Christmas. If not, they are going the have a hard time competing against all the new shiny tablets with superior hardware and software.

That’s the thing with tablets. They are constantly evolving. Last year’s models are already becoming dated. The Nook Color has held its ground very well thus far, but that could start to slip really fast if Amazon releases a tablet in the same price range with superior specs, a scenario that I think is highly likely.

One upgrade the Nook Color could really use is a faster processor. It currently runs a single core Texas Instruments ARM Cortex-A8 chip at 800MHz. Last year that was pretty good for a 7″ tablet. Now there are dual-core and even quad-core Nvidia processors that are much, much faster and more energy efficient.

Other than performance enhancements, what else could B&N change about the Nook Color? Thinking on it, that’s a tough question to answer. Since it is designed for reading first and a tablet second, it’s hard to see B&N changing stuff that doesn’t enhance the reading experience, so perhaps a new Nook Color isn’t going to happen this year. What do you think?

Update: Buy.com is selling refurbished Nook Colors for $169.

8 Responses to “Refurbished Nook Colors Now $179, Signs Pointing to a Nook Color 2 in 2011”

  1. I am holding tight until Amazon.com makes it announcements concerning all of its new devices. If they don’t release a new Kindle 9.7″ DX, I will probably grudgingly buy the 10″ tablet, assuming it has a good battery life.

  2. Maybe they should stop trying to be a tablet and just make sure its a great E-reader. Keep the price low so it is differentiated from a tablet purchase. The tablets I’ve seen in the same price range are mostly junk.

  3. Battery life is subjective. Nothing with an LCD screen will come close to the batter life of e-Ink readers…but for most casual readers they are fine. I have a nook color and read for about an hour a day on it and need to charge it about once a week.

  4. A new tablet for a new b&n app store maybe?

  5. I have a rooted CM7 NC using a 8G SD card. Its GREAT. Reg Nook and Android 2.3, 6 hour reading w/wifi, all android apps, flash, kindle, games, Kobo, etc. The only thing I would like to see on a NEW Nook is a dual chip for speed, maybe 2 cameras, Android 3.2 (if Google releases code for smooth operation) keeping the 7″ screen or 8.5″. Dont want to carry a “clip board size tab” (otherwise I’d buy a Mot Zoom 10.1). Its a reader and 7″ is OK to read on. Otherwise I’ll keep my CM7. They would have to make “MAJOR” changes to get me to buy another Nook Color!

  6. Lets ask them to make the Nookcolor able to switch to black and white to read on the beach!
    How disappointing to find out I couldn’t do that, while my daughter with her Kindle is doing just fine next to me….I can’t afford to keep buying their products…so for me, it’s back to a paper book on a sunny day. For the price I paid for the Nookcolor, I hoped for more…

  7. A Nook Color II could put itself way ahead of the competition by utilizing a user-replaceable battery that can be swapped out on the fly to extend time away from an outlet. It would also extend the useful life of the device by preventing it from becoming an expensive brick when the battery no longer holds a charge.

  8. Color e-ink? I wish… a tablet with e-ink (willing to settle for monochrome for now).