Barnes & Noble Nook Color revealed

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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.



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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/26/barnes-...color-revealed/
 

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PharaohsVizier said:
Jeez, my heart skipped a beat when I saw this, thinking that color e-ink was revealed and my Kindle 3 was destined for the trash.
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.
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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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...
 

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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
 

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