NOOKcolor Teardown

NOOKcolor Teardown

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open Barnes & Noble's answer to the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle--the NOOKcolor e-book reader.

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  • In November 2010, Barnes & Noble began shipping the NOOKcolor e-book reader. The NOOKcolor offers a 7-inch color screen, touch-screen interface, Wi-Fi support, and runs Android 2.1.

    Follow along as I crack open the NOOKcolor for a look at the hardware inside.

    Check out the 2010 Amazon Kindle and Kindle DX in these cracking open galleries:

    Amazon Kindle DX (Graphite) Teardown

    Amazon Kindle Graphite (3G+Wi-Fi) 2010 Teardown

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

    Caption by: Bill Detwiler
  • Although it runs the Android OS, the NOONcolor isn't a full-fledged tablet, like the iPad or Galaxy Tab, but it offers a lot of bang for the buck. The NOOKcolor retails for $249 (US).

Topics: Hardware, Amazon, iPad, Mobility

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  • "Display connector chips"

    "Display connector chips" - well it looks more like a switching power supply. Device marked "100" is an inductor connected from Q1 to rectifier D1, and note the bank of 3 capacitors C18,47, 48. Likely MOSFET Q1, and likely controller UC1. What is VR1 for? Did you try it? It would be cool to have a real close up and see the part markings on those semiconductor items.
    opcom
  • "Texas Instruments Audio codec"

    The DAC3100 is a small class D audio power amp with digital inputs/CODEC.
    opcom
  • RE: NOOKcolor Teardown

    All that and no look at the processor.
    Ostracus
    • RE: NOOKcolor Teardown

      @Ostracus, process of elimination says it's the "unknown Texas Instruments chip". This makes sense, given the chip's proximity to the RAM, and the fact that TI makes the OMAP ARM chip known to drive the NOOKcolor.
      Myself248
    • RE: NOOKcolor Teardown

      Aloha, @Ostracus...

      Nook Color processor revealed: ARM Cortex A8-based TI OMAP3621
      http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/28/nook-color-processor-revealed-arm-cortex-a8-based-ti-omap3621

      Tana-Lee
      tanalee
  • RE: NOOKcolor Teardown

    Personally, I think there are better eReaders on the market. I bought my eReader after reading this fast and simple eReader report from theebookreport.net
    dxg19
    • RE: NOOKcolor Teardown

      @dxg19, lol do you work for Amazon? ;) jk...

      I think the Nook Color and Kindle are really for two different markets. I have a Nook Color and I love it. I read mostly non-fiction and I appreciate seeing color charts/data and reading other ancillary docs (PDF and Office). I do occasionally pop over to the web for further reference on topics. So to me it's a great, integrated reading and casual study tool. I only miss being able to annotate Office docs.

      @Ostracus, I agree! :)
      My wife has a Kindle and she loves it. She reads novels, exclusively.
      mbratch
  • RE: NOOKcolor Teardown

    Despite the manual.. it -will- charge from a computer.. the nook color just has to be off (i.e. turn it off while it's hooked up) and it'll charge, I did this last night (wasn't trying to charge it on purpose), but it did charge. The reason why they say this, is that the 'automount' that it does of the internal storage/sd card, overrides the charging driver..
    sorphin
  • RE: NOOKcolor Teardown

    Did you put it back together? And if so, did it work when you did? Jus askin' . . . .
    sagewomanconcepts
  • PLEASE HELP WITH THE DIGITIZER

    DOES ANYONE KNOW THE PART NUMBER FOR THE DIGITIZER FOR THE TOUCHSCREEN??

    I WOULD BE SOOOOO GRATEFUL IF ANYONE CAN FORWARD ME THE PART NUMBER.

    GEORGE
    saltwatercowboy70@yahoo.com
    saltwatercowboy70@...
  • There appear to have been changes

    The Nook Color on which i am typing this reply (purchased August 2012, rooted shortly thereafter) has a plastic outer edge (already cracked on three sides) rather than metal.

    I wonder if there changes that are not simply cosmetic.
    fairportfan