Barnes & Noble Nook Color revealed

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Tempbot, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Tempbot

    Tempbot Tunnel Snakes rule

    pip Contributor
    Nov 21, 2007
    Barnes & Noble Nook Color revealed
    so long, e-ink!
    Barnes & Noble just unveiled its all-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 percent of the e-reader market, and is about to get a major software update). B&N is billing it as a hybrid of e-reader and tablet device, and has beefed up its software with a full-on tablet-style UI, along with Facebook and Twitter integration. There's built-in WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and 8GB of storage, but no 3G at this point. Thankfully, the price stays aggressive as a result: $249. You might think that means the screen is going to be weak, but B&N has managed to put an impressive-sounding "VividView," 16 million color, 1024 x 600 IPS display in this thing. Interestingly, there's a "full lamination screen film" on top of the LCD to reduce glare, apparently from the backlight, not just from external light sources.

    Build-wise, there's that striking corner handle we saw before (smacks of the XO-3, doesn't it?) and 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.

    Contributed by SoulSnatcher
  2. soulx

    soulx GBAtemp Legend

    Apr 4, 2009
  3. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

    Oct 15, 2008
    United States
    Soviet Slyakin
    So... that's a good thing? You worded that a bit oddly.

    I can't get this. I'm focused on the 3DS right now. [​IMG]
  4. IgiveUgas

    IgiveUgas Advanced Member

    May 16, 2009
    United States
    Who would buy this? Still LCD so you'd be better off with an Ipad. I'll stick with my e-ink device to read books.
  5. Salax

    Salax GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 16, 2010
    United States
    The Nook Color is a poor man's iPad.
  6. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Former Staff

    Former Staff
    Aug 29, 2008
    Hiatus Hell
    Oh, look! another device that you can facebook and twitter with! Just what I have always needed!
  7. iFish

    iFish Slower than a 90s modem

    Jul 11, 2009
    Montreal, QC
    It didn't state what version of Android [​IMG]
  8. BlueStar

    BlueStar GBAtemp Psycho!

    Jan 10, 2006
    LCD just isn't nice to read books on. The advantages of e-ink (huge battery life, easy on the eye, can be read in direct sunlight) outweigh being able to use facebook and twitter, which you can do on your phone anyway.
  9. Edgedancer

    Edgedancer Director of Moon based operations

    Oct 2, 2006
    I just got an e-reader so I am happy on the e-reading front at the moment. But if it is a normal screen, it will pale in regards to e-ink as you cant remove all glare. I would prefer them to focus on making a great e-reader rather than a multi-function device that is simply adequate at e-reading.
  10. Rogue_Ninja

    Rogue_Ninja GBAtemp Fan

    Mar 30, 2009
    United States
    Its nice but ill be sticking with my old nook. If i was gonna go with an lcd screen it would be an Ipad.
  11. Elritha

    Elritha GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 24, 2006
    Just ordered a kindle 3 yesterday. For a moment there I thought it was suddenly made redundant by colour e-ink. Eight hours with the wireless off isn't very impressive for a reading device...
  12. chartube12

    chartube12 CPT Chazz 713

    Mar 3, 2010
    United States
    At least engadet has the right pics. If you go to gizmodo they have pics of border's tablet. I told them about it and my post get deleted within two mins. Idiots, i swear. I shouldn't expect any better since the editor was outed as an apple employee