Nook Color, the low cost Android tablet

Nook Color, the low cost Android tablet

Summary: Barnes & Noble just announced their new color Nook, the Nook Color, for $249 with a November 19th availability date. I already placed my order and look forward to checking out this full color Android tablet with an ebook focus.

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I love my Nook and use it all the time to read while traveling. I also use my iPad for ebook reading, but it is much heavier than my Nook and eInk text looks wonderful and gives me a book experience. Today, Barnes & Noble announced the Nook Color for $249 with a November 19th release data and I already placed my order for one. The Nook Color is an Android-powered tablet device at a much lower cost than any other Android tablet we have seen, with some obvious limitations.

The Nook Color is not being marketed as an Android tablet with its main focus on ebook, magazine, and newspaper reading. However, it comes with a web browser, games, Office document viewer, support for sharing via Twitter and Facebook, along with support for developers to create apps. Applications mentioned by Barnes & Noble include Pandora, Lonely Planet, Dictionary.com, and more. There is the potential here to add enough apps to satisfy those who might buy an Android tablet, especially if couch surfing was the main desire for a tablet.

Specs include the following:

  • 7 inch VividView capacitive touch screen at 1024x600 resolution
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for ebook purchases and browsing
  • microSD expansion card slot
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Integrated mono speaker
  • Standard microUSB port for charging and book transfer via cable
  • Dimensions of 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48 inches and 15.8 ounces

And like the original Nook, you get much better support for content than you do with the Kindle, including ebooks checked out from your local library or purchased at other online stores like the Sony eBookstore.

Battery life may be a concern with the color display and the specs state you get up to 8 hours with wireless off. That is not very good, considering I go a few days with my current Nook and my iPad goes about 10 hours with wireless on.

Topics: Hardware, Android, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Nook Color, the low cost Android tablet

    I'd like one of these ... to poop on.
    Monkeypox
    • RE: Nook Color, the low cost Android tablet

      @Monkeypox Typical reply of a fanboy
      snoonw
  • You obvoiusly aren't looking....

    The: <br>CRUZ Reader, $199 through Borders<br>Augen Reader, $99 through K-Mart<br>Augen Tablet, $149 through K-Mart<br><br>These are all available right now at a significantly lower pricepoint. All are resistive touch colors screens, android based and offer tablet functions as well as expandability via integrated SD or MicroSD card slots. These come in well under the $249 price point listed for the color nook. And before all the RESISTIVE SCREEN complaints start these devices average 1/3 the price of an iPad with its capacitive screen. And, if the capacitive screen is a must, the CURZ tablet is due out 15 Nov for $299 and it has a capacitive touch. http://www.cruzreader.com/tablet.php
    Scubajrr
  • Lots of $99 7

    $99 7" Android tablets<br><br>There are lots of 7" Android tablets available, some for as low as $99. (In fact, <br><br>quite a few of them looks the same, and may come from the same source(s))<br><br>I should be getting one (already being shipped to me) --the Maylong M-150, online <br><br>from Walgreens.com, and which has the advantage of no-problem money back return <br><br>within 30 days at any Walgreen's drug store nearby (a couple has already return <br><br>it). There are several reviews available, such as a video one at<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yybv6XCrO4Q" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yybv6XCrO4Q" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yybv6XCrO4Q</a></a><br>see also the 100 posts in the thread (search maylong in www. slatedroid.com<br>><br>Based on the video, it seems to work okay (not a speed demon, since it it only <br><br>$99) and a few people have problems with it. There are enough people happy with it <br><br>that I am willing to give it a try. Was told that the screen was reasonable sharp<br><br>Android 1.6 (not upgradable, maybe if you root it), ARM9(VM8585+ 400 MHz), 256MB <br><br>RAM, SD slot, wifi, camera, resistive touch panel (not multi-touch), 800x480, <br>12 oz, dongle for USB, ereader, etc. <br><br>Now some bad news, battery life short (2-4 hours??), 10-20% (maybe more) have problems, etc.
    JohnK11
  • RE: Nook Color, the low cost Android tablet

    Nook Color is better for reading than iPad and better for everything else than Kindle. Nook Color is better for $249. Nook Color screen is supposed to be better (less reflective) for reading than iPad thanks to new LG screen with anti-reflection coating. It allows to watch videos, listen to the music, view Office documents and PDF's. The Nook Color will not run apps straight out of the Android Market, but that does not mean it cannot run them. In fact, they have done a lot of tests on apps from standard Android smartphones and they pretty much run on Nook Color, which has Android 2.1 under the hood. (The Nook native interface and apps are just standard Android application layers.) Barnes & Noble special Nook SDK runs on top of the standard Android one and gives developers access to exclusive extensions and APIs for the Nook and its interface. So porting Android apps is not difficult. B&N says it is more like optimising them for Nook than porting them. If you prefer e-Ink screen, the original Nook is still available from BN.
    eco733
  • Too many lowcost products , where is the quality ?

    I don't think these products are quality ones, i have read a lot of tests and users feedbacks and there are not good !

    I think some product like the Viewsonic for 249dollars is affordable and can provide quality to users .

    http://www.mesliensfavoris.fr/category/Mobiles-et-telephonie
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