Brings a 7-inch color screen with a secondary marketless Android OS, plus a magazine reader
The rumors about a color avatar of the Barn and Noble's own reader Nook have turned out to be true; even down to the $250 (Rs 11,200 approx.) price tag. The most noteworthy is the inclusion of Android, albeit without the Android Market, slotting it somewhere between a plain-vanilla ebook reader and a full fledged tablet.
In addition to regular ebook content, 7-inch Vivid View color LCD screen sourced from LG will also provide access to social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter, in addition to video playback. Other Android enabled goodies include Pandora radio, games, Google and Wikipedia, and a contact manager. Barnes and Noble plan to give the Nook Color a social networking spin by introducing Nook Friends, which allows sharing of quotes and even entire books. The Nook Color also packs in a magazine reader, which will include a huge collection of magazines, which may just turn out to be one of its strongest USP.
The design is clean and minimalist with no physical buttons found on its body proportioned at 8.1 x 5.0 and just half an inch thick. The UI is driven by a touch screen with a resolution of 1024 600, which is laminated to reduce glare. Storage is taken care of by a microSD card slot. Internet connectivity is through Wi-Fi. It weighs in at 15.6 ounces, which is 5.4 ounces heavier and $100 (Rs 4,500 approx.) dearer than the new Kindle, but it does pack in a lot more.