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Onyx Boox Nova3 Color review: Color me happy

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Color e-ink is still far less capable than LCD and OLED, thanks to long refresh times and washed-out colors. So the Onyx Boox Nova3 Color might not be on everyone’s radar. The 7.8-inch color screen is too small to comfortably read magazines and comic books, which greatly limits the usefulness of the color screen, but the Nova3 Color is still a capable e-reader for books. The built-in reading app offers a robust selection of settings, which is why text-based e-book formats work well on the screen. Plus, there are plenty of benefits from the included Android app support, and the note-taking options are also robust.

There’s a lot to like about the Boox Nova3 ring. Yes, $420 is steep for an e-reading and note-taking device (especially with the cheaper and thinner Nova Air on the horizon), but the functionality offered by Android blows the Kindles out of the water.



SoC Snapdragon 636
Ram 3 GB
Storage 32 GB (expandable)
Display 7.8 inch E Ink Kaleido Plus (4096 colors), 1872 x 1404 (300 ppi)
Battery Le Poole, 3150 mAh
Software Android 10
Connectivity Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Ports USB-C
the sound Speaker, microphone
Measurement 197.3 × 137 × 7.7 mm
Price $420


Formatting options A wide range of options for formatting ePubs and other ebook formats
Battery life Several weeks without charging with the Auto Power Down setting, at least a week if the device just sleeps.
Portability Light in hand, easy to carry around
Operating system The Android OS is more capable than the feature-poor firmwares of the competition.
Color screen It’s fun to test what works well and what doesn’t, some colorful content is quite readable.

Not so good.

App support Most Android apps look terrible. More importantly, all Android reading apps look bad.
Screen size 7.8″ is too small for color content.
Color screen The refresh rate is too slow, the resolution is too low, and the screen size means that comics and magazines are very difficult to read unless you zoom in.

Design, hardware, what’s in the box.

The e-reader market moves slowly when it comes to design, so most devices look pretty similar. The Boox Nova3 Color does not deviate from this trend. There’s a flush-etched glass screen that reduces reflections (much like the Kindle Oasis), a smooth plastic back that houses a single speaker port, and a fingerprint magnet on the back. A power button is on the top right edge with a charging indicator light, and a USB-C port sits in the middle of the bottom edge with a small mic hole on the right side. There’s also a physical home button below the screen, and that’s it. No camera, no volume buttons, no expandable storage, no headphone jack. It is a black and gray slab,…

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