Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook. Inside the touchscreen e-book reader, he found chips from TI, SanDisk, Samsung, and Lattice.

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  • Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
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  • RE: Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

    I love seeing the screen removed but still displaying the eInk text. It is sort of like one of those movies where the robot's head is removed but it keeps talking.
    datrappert
  • RE: Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

    You comment that is lacks audio, 3g or a web browser.
    Duh!!! What is its purpose? Reading Books.
    Some people actually enjoy single purpose gadgets.
    I have a Kobo. I use it to read ebooks.
    I have a basic cel phone. I use it to make hpone calls.
    I have no need for a portable web browser, or a video camera built into a phone.
    I have a digital Canera, and it does its job well.
    If I want to go online, I have my desktop computer, I have my laptop computer for travel.

    I have no need for the latest cutting edge wonder gizmo that surfs the internet while shooting a movie and peeling my potatoes.

    Keeping it simple and excelling at its core purpose is far more important that having a digital swiss army knife.
    inkwell
  • RE: Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

    IT looks like I need a keyboard with a built in spell checker.
    <grin>
    inkwell
    • RE: Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

      @inkwell that's funny about the spellchecker now that would be a gadget worth investing in...
      jacjar1
  • RE: Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

    What is that black rectangle near the middle of any picture of the back of the main PCB? Are you covering some identifying markings?

    It is nice to see a device designed so that removing one screw allows easy removal of the back rather than using a bunch of snap together bits that break off when it is opened.

    Great article!
    GKSeifert
  • RE: Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

    from an electronics designer point of view, Im a very big fan of apple products. I dont think they have the best specs and I cant stand their business practices. BUT, their PCB design is fantastic, they are able to make fantastically compact PCBs and it really is a joy to see how they have designs some of their products. The first thing I thought when I saw this was 'why couldn't they make it on a smaller pcb'.
    Now I know the pcb may add extra strength and a smaller pcb will be more expensive to make per square inch. But if they made it smaller and moulded it around the battery they could shave a bit of depth, or put a bigger battery in the device and just in general try to push some of their designers a little, and stop this culture of apathy which so many companies have, and so when apple come out with a product that has been properly designed, people dont thing that no one else can do it that way
    Will T
  • RE: Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

    Breathtaking! Thanks, guys, for the sake of elite time-wasting! Sure, I'll never do that with my own Nook, but curious, anyway.
    Shunja7