Barnes & Noble just released its new Nook Color, an Android tablet fronted by a 7-inch color touchscreen… so long, e-ink! (Not really, the $149 original Nook is sticking around for now, owns 20% of the e-reader market, and is about to get a major software update).
The Nook Color is a hybrid of eBook reader and tablet device, and it has Facebook and Twitter integration. There’s built-in WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and 8GB of storage, but no 3G connection at this point.
The price is: $249. You might think that means the screen is going to be weak and cheap, but B&N has managed to put an impressive-sounding “VividView,” 16 million color, 1024 x 600 IPS display in this thing.
The Nook Color comes with a microSD slot, with a 0.48-inch thick body and a 15.6 ounce overall weight. Battery life takes a notable hit, of course, with a rating of 8 hours of reading with the WiFi off. Of course, underneath it all is still Android, and Barnes & Noble is launching the Nook Developer program to allow third party apps on the device, and it even ships with a few favorites like Pandora and Lonely Planet. The color screen also enables a new library of “Nook Kids” children books, full-color magazine and newspaper subscriptions, and video playback if you’re in the mood. The Nook Color ships on November 19th, pre-orders are available now.
Nook Color Video Review
- Size: 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48 inches
- Weight: 15.6 ounces
- 7-inch Vivid View touchscreen display with IPS technology
- 1,024 x 600 resolution
- Storage: 8GB up to 6,000 books from over 2 million titles to choose from
- microSD support of up to 32GB
- MP3 & AAC audio player support
- MP4 support
- Mono speaker
- 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
- Support for various text files: EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLXM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX
- Rechargeable battery: up to 3 hours of use
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n: Free Wi-Fi in Barnes & Noble
- Personalized wallpaper
- Media Gallery: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Photo: Nook Color vs Nook
Post author: Daniel Semper