color over black and white...that battle was won in the 70's with color tvs
bottom line is if I can get a color screen for $100 that lasts half a day on a charge as a reader which I believe this can....why would I want a boring old black and white screen....the web and it's documents were NOT designed in black and white. the color screen on this is outstanding. you don't have to use the stylus fingers work ok, but the accuracy on this touch screen leaves a lot to be desired so while slower then stylus will give more accurate results.
the mole skin style case while being an elastic tight fit...it does a good job of protecting the screen from scratches while transporting it in bags etc