Until you root the Nook Color, you don't know what you have. The NC is a much more useful device when rooted. I recently reverted mine to stock config. & felt like it was very limited & basically a feature rich e-reader. After re-rooting I am happy again. BTW Battery life is essentially the same rooted or stock. I know that it's hard to know how you will use a device but as far as the NC, you haven't begun to sample it's potential, so you really have not taken it for a spin.
I think that things should work the way I want them to.