Nook Color E-Reader Launches Just in Time for End-of-Year Giving
Nook Color offers up some e-reader and tablet competition November 19
If you’ve been considering buying an e-reader for yourself or as an end-of-year gift, the new Barnes & Nobel Nook Color offers more than most e-readers. Running an Android operating system, the sleek device boasts a lower-left corner handle, a 7-inch color touchscreen, and a stunning spectrum of bright color choices that could make it the must-have and most stylish tablet PC for the holidays. The Nook Color will be available for purchase on November 19, and you will even be able attend Nook Nights at your local Barnes & Noble to get all your questions answered prior to purchase.
Although the Nook Color uses the native interface and applications from standard Android 2.1, Barnes and Noble will also launch their own app store in early 2011, allowing developers to add to the features already in place. This will allow the Nook Color to compete in the tablet PC arena with the iPad and other Android tablets. And the price of this combined e-reader and tablet PC may be its most attractive feature - $249 puts it in reasonable range for most consumers, and far below the iPad and most other tablet PC contenders.
Nook Color features include a brilliant non-glare screen that showcases 16 million colors (1024 x 600 IPS) to read the 2 million available e-books, newspapers, magazines, and children’s books. One million of the accessible e-books are offered free. The Nook Color allows books to be swapped with friends using a new lending technology, and there’s a social networking feature built in, with ability to share passages on Twitter and Facebook. Crossword puzzles, sudoko, and chess, along with Pandora Internet radio, can pass the time if a break is needed from reading.
Additional pluses of the Nook Color include WiFi, 8 gigabytes of storage, a microSD slot, and an 8-hour battery life (when WiFi is turned off). The tablet PC weighs a bit less than one pound, is about a half inch thick and has a handle that makes it easy to carry. Built-in software allows viewing of word documents and spreadsheets, transfer and viewing of PDF and JPG files, and use of personal photos as screensavers and wallpaper.
Another little bonus is that when you're at the Barnes & Noble store, you can read for free on the Nook Color for an hour a day, while special offers appear on your screen for discounts on books and at the café. If the Nook Color is purchased in a Barnes & Noble store or at nook.com, the device can be set up for free in store at the nook counter. Then you can sip a latte while you shop for the perfect cover for your new Nook Color tablet PC.