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NOOKcolor Teardown

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According to Barnes & Noble, the NOOKcolor measures 8.1 inches high, 5.0 inches wide, and 0.48 inches deep. The device weighs approx. 15.8 ounces.

The LED-backlit, 7-inch (diagonal) color screen delivers a resolution of 1024 x 600 at 169 pixels per inch.

The NOOK symbol on the front of the device serves as the Home button.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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27 comments
fredskidoo
fredskidoo

Bill

    Can you tell me if the digitizer and LCD screens are held together with an adhesive? I found this to be the case with HTC's one V. It makes it almost impossible to just replace the digitizer without damaging the underlying LCD screen. I realize that you don't fully disassemble the display assembly in you tear down walk thru so I have to wonder if this is the case with the Nook. BTW I have a Nook HD+ with a broken digitizer (LCD still good).

Thanks

bharris
bharris

Here's a source for the Nook black and white as well as the color screens for replacement. www.bcdelectrostore.com

dc9art
dc9art

My wife damaged the frame of a Nook Color by the power button. It ended up having a crack and the power button was stuck. Thanks to your pictures I was able to take the Nook Color apart and repair the frame. It fairly easy once you know what to do. The pictures have nice detail. Nice job Bill and thanks for the pics.

atcarlos01
atcarlos01

Hi, im looking for some information about abo smart phone wich model is AB-3801Q, something like manuals, and who manufactur it.

natecash
natecash

Here is a site that sells just the lcd screen for the nook (and other parts). From what I can tell it is pretty simple to put in yourself if you find the directions online. I haven't ordered mine yet so I haven't had a chance to try to put the screen back on. They also give the option for them to install the screen for you. http://www.portatronics.com/index.php?cat=c258_B-N-nook-color.html

Odenknight
Odenknight

The hardware specs for the NOOK Color says tablet, but the stock Barnes and Noble software is limiting its full capabilities. I have one of these with a modified Android OS (CM7, mind you), and I can tell you that it runs very nicely. Have it clocked up to 1.3GHz thanks to the work of a dev named Dalingrin, and I am doing everything from FTP, e-mail, YouTube video, movies across multiple formats, streaming music as well as playing MP3's, games of varying complexities, business applications, Bluetooth functionality, ect. Don't sell this device short, because it's a lot more than what it is out of the box.

English Boy
English Boy

Looking for a bit of advice - Took my Nook Color out of a backpack and found the screen had a small mark on it (Nook protected by neoprene sleeve and screen film), started it up and found my touch screen had gone crazy. I suspect if I send it back to B&N they wont replace it under the 1 year warranty since it looks like the screen took a ding. Is it difficult to replace the touch screen (DIY) and where would be the more reliable place to source the parts? Any advice gratefully received.

sebastijanpelhan
sebastijanpelhan

First on "Power adapter" slide you say it will charge only over power outlet, then on "USB Cable" slide you say is for charge and connect to computer. What is it then?

heynownow
heynownow

In order to replace the battery, can I simply disconnect the power connector, without molesting the display and pcb assembly?

robertwreese@suddenlink.
robertwreese@suddenlink.

Do you have other projects that a person can see? If so I would like to see one on a Visioneer 9020 USB flat bed scanner. If you have a archive address where I could access these would you send it to me? I have enjoyed your video clips. Thanks, Robert W. Reese robertwreese@suddenlink.net

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

The NOOKcolor has a lot of "tablet" features. It runs Android 2.1. It has a full-color touchscreen display. And, you can use it for non-reading tasks, like browsing the Web, playing MP3s, and running a limited number of games. But, it also has limitations that keep it from being a full-fledged tablet. For example, it can't download apps from the Android Marketplace. According to CNET's review, Barnes & Noble will offer add-on applications in the future, but they will be "reading" focused. So, do you think the NOOKcolor is more like a tablet or an ebook reader?

pastordl
pastordl

Got mine at a discount and paid $225. Others who have seen it and had been thinking of getting the newest tablets for twice the price or more are now considering saving their money and buying the Nook Color. No phone and no gps who cares. Already have a phone and I usually know where I am and where I am going. Nice to know after the warranty is over I can replace the battery if needed. Also when ROM is flashed over you the Nook charges while plugged into the computer. Get a Nook Color. Google CM7 install Nook Color. follow the directions and you've got a great tablet as well as an excellent reader.

ktdog
ktdog

My son dropped his Nook Color, and the glass cracked. The touch screen is still fully operable, but slivers of glass come out when using it. Is this separate from the LCD, or is it all one part to replace? Has anyone found the replacement part?

filupkneel
filupkneel

did you ever get a replacement? I have a schattered screen when it fell off my desk. B&N would not sell just a screen.

jjmcgaffey
jjmcgaffey

The USB cable is for connecting to the computer, and for connecting to the power adapter to charge. If you look at the adapter, it's got a (standard A) USB port, into which the USB cable plugs. I'm seeing that a lot recently, and I love it. Makes much more sense than having a separate cable for power and for computer connection.

suncatTR
suncatTR

At Pop Sci of all places, they show how to add more to your Nook: popsci [dot] com/diy/article/2010-08/how-add-applications-your-nook-e-reader OR is [dot] gd/i3JNt

GSG
GSG moderator

and I really want the color one. Not because I need it, but because I'm having the "Oooh, shiny" reaction. I use mine mostly at home where I have my laptop for the other things, or when working out on the treadmill or other machines, and I really want to have a dedicated reading device. But I can't deny that the color nook is pushing all of my greed buttons.

WCarlS
WCarlS

Nice teardown. How about providing this in a PDF for download?

gmmoon
gmmoon

Slightly off topic, but I am always irritated by the fact that the photos in these galleries are always placed down so far from the top of the screen that it's never a matter of right clicking numerous times - it's always, Scroll down, right click, scroll down, right click. Can't you arrange the page so that it's more toward the top, and you can just right click through the gallery? Thanks.

chaynes33
chaynes33

Taking apart stuff can be fun just to see what makes it tick. My question always is, when I read articles like this, "Did you get it back together with no parts left over & working like it should?". Good pix.

Adam in DC
Adam in DC

It's a tweener device. I picked mine up on Sunday. Thus far, I've downloaded a library epub from the Montgomery County Library system and copied over an MP4 of a movie. I've bookmarked numerous websites, and still haven't determined whether gmail is better in the full site or the mobile site. Exchange 2010 Web Mail looks pretty good on it. Mobile and/or Touch Facebook look ok, but I would like an app for FB. Now if I can get the time to read the book in the next 14 days before it expires, I'll know how it is as a reading device...which, of course, is the main purpose of the device...right?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

I agree. We're actually working on a redesign of TechRepublic that will significantly improve the functionality of our gallery pages. The changes should go live early in 2011. Stay tuned.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

With only one exception (the latest iPod Touch), I've managed to reassemble every device I've cracked open. I'll post an update when I get the NOOKcolor back together, which should be later today.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

To the best of my knowledge, there will be Next and Previous arrows at the top of each image.

vyoshida
vyoshida

While you are at it, can you also add "Next" and "Previous" links up by the title so we can click through posts without having to move the mouse around? Thanks!

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

It's been...what...five years? (Not waking the zombie, somebody else did that. Just giving it a shove in some direction... :D )