Nook Color review
Barnes & Noble Nook Color review
It's now official: the next generation of eBook readers from Barnes & Noble is called the Nook Color, an Android-based tablet with a 7" color 1024x600 touchscreen from LG. Priced at $ 249, the Nook Color has been announced earlier today (Oct.26th) at a special event held by Barnes & Noble where journalists were invited.
Nook Color features
It has been a long day... Here's an outline of what the Nook Color offers. I'll come back later to fill in the gaps.
- Runs on Android 2.1 but does not support Flash video
- 8-hour battery life
- Nook Color to start shipping November 19th
Color Touchscreen Display
- 7-inch LG VividView Color Touchscreen
- Extra Wide Viewing Angle
- Portrait or Landscape View
Built-in Wi-Fi connection
- Web Browser
- Download books/magazines
- 8GB of built-in memory
- MicroSD memory card
- An array of over 2 million books
- You can visit any Barnes & Noble store with your Nook in hand and read for free for up to one hour per day
- Lifetime Library: Whether you upgrade or replace a lost Nook, or use the free Nookapps to read on another device, your books can be re-downloaded anytime
- An ever-growing list of magazines and newspapers (over 100 newspapers and magazines at launch)
- Your daily newspaper and latest magazine issues automatically download wirelessly every morning
- New subscribers get a free 14-day trial subscription to any digital magazine or newspaper
Here's what John Watson from DroidDog had to say about the Nook Color:
Nook 2 : The Saga
The rumor had been around for a while, and swollen for several days after someone at Cnet discovered protective shields which briefly appeared on Barnes & Noble's website for a device called the Nook color (illustrated by the image below).
Cnet discovered this picture just before it was removed. The lack of apparent buttons confirmed a full touchscreen Nook.
One wondered what kind of color screen that model was to offer. Rumors then mentioned the Mirasol display, from Qualcomm MEMS Technologies as a potential candidate.
But no... It turned out to be a backlit LG screen with an anti-glare film. I know some people were disappointed...
The first indications of such a device have surfaced as it was found that the firm registered the domain name www.nookcolor.com. Since Barnes & Noble's event this link redirects to the B&N website.
UPDATES (LIVE - 4pm EST - Oct. 26)
- Live from the Barnes & Noble event!
- "Meet Nook Color by Barnes & Noble."
- Nook Color will have Web browsing over WiFi, games and more. (Nook Color is WiFi only, no 3G.)
- Nook Color designed in partnership with Yves Béhar.
- The new Nook will offer over 100 newspapers and magazines, viewable in landscape or portrait.
- Nook Kids will offer up a bunch of full-color kids books.
- Nook Color display is an LG 7-inch LCD screen with a thin-film filter that's said to minimize glare.
- Nook Color has an 8-hour battery life.
- Nook Color has 8 gigs of memory, or "6,000" books.
- Comes with a microSD slot.
- Interesting feature when reading periodicals: Article View, which seems to dispenses with all that page-layout stuff.
- Extras on Nook Color include Pandora music and Sudoku.
- Nook Color price: $249.
- Nook Color to start shipping NOVEMBER 19.
- You can listen to music and read at the same time on the Nook Color.
- Nook Color screen resolution is 1024 x 600 pixels.
Here's one of the first videos showing the nookcolor capabilities. In fact, it's not really a fully "hands-on" video, as only B&N reps could handle the devices at the event.
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