[ Copy pasted from my blog ] I wanted to buy an iPhone 4 but ended up buying NOOKColor [Thanks to Apple India]. My requirements were reading ebooks and internet surfing along with loaded OS device, hence I decided to get NOOK Color and I believe, I made the best decision. And it is a sweet gift from sister Lets start Box and Packaging : NC color comes in white rectangular box with all accessories as mentioned. When you open the box, you find Nook Color [NC] suspended between two thermocols supports in one side, on the other side a small box containing all accessories. The box is spacious and with all accessories kept at right place. The thermocol supports also prevent NC from external shock etc. At the openings you can find magnets installed within, so that the box can close tightly. What's inside the box : NOOK Color USB Cable Quick Start Guide Power Adapter Congratulation on your new Nook Envelope Anti glare screen protector and micro fibre cloth [Costs $16 extra] The box can also be used as stand to hold NC : Supported file types: Ebooks/Documents: EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP Audio: MP3, AAC Video: MP4 Build and Design: The design of Nook Color is really good as you can see it in pictures. It's solidly built, with buttons placed at appropriate locations, a dark slate-colored bezel and a black, rubberised back. The back of NC has rubber finish which also gives more grip while holding it and making it less scratch resistant. It is thin but not light weighted as it looks. At the top of the NC there is 3.5 mm audio jack and at the bottom USB socket to connect to PC. The same port is used for charging the NC. At upper right side there are Volume up/down buttons and power button at the upper left side. There's a hook at the bottom left of NC where you latch your signature charms which B&N selling off online. The backside, the bottom houses mono speakers, which are not so loud but does the work. The Size and dimensions of the NC: Height: 8.1 inches Width:5.0 inches Depth: 0.48 inches Depth comparison between NC, a novel and a magazine : Another thickness comparison : It said that NC uses rapid charging technology and whenever you plug the charger,on USB cable orange light shows up ! Once charging is completed, it turns into Green color. You can even charge connected it to computer, but it takes lot of time. Connected to socket it charges in 3 hours and gives approx 8 hours of battery back up. First impressions and OOB Experience: I should say, I was very impressed when I saw it for the first time, out of box. The Out of box [OOB] experience was really good, unlike other Android devices. Android devices are quite (in)famous for not giving good OOB experience. The moment I held it in my hands, I felt it is not light as it looks. Yes, the NC is heavy. It is almost double the weight of latest Kindle [Gen. 3] and it is slightly lighter than iPad. Weights : Kindle 3 - ~250g [8.7 ounces] NC - ~448g [15.8 ounces] iPad - ~680g [24 ounces] The device starts off with the text "Touch the future of reading™". When you turn it on for the first time, it guides for WiFi set up and registration with B&N. A video guide of Kate appears for basic instructions. Yeah, she's cute The next process is simple, all you have to do is enter your B&N account details if you already have or you can create one from the device itself. Then the device starts. Note that, unless you register, you can't use the NC. [but there are ways to bypass it] Power button positioned at top left boots the device up and also awakens/sends it from/to sleep. The sleep mode includes clock with and can be unlocked by sliding arrow at the bottom (as seen most other android devices).