New Nook Color Could Be a Kindle/iPad Killer
Barnes and Noble has released a potential giant killer. It’s a new color version of their Nook e-book reader, but it has features which put Amazon.com’s Kindle to shame, and even has some features not available on Apple’s iPad. It’s an outstanding bargain at only $249.
Nook Color runs on the advanced Android operating system and has a 7-inch screen. Not only can you read books, newspapers and magazines (which is all the Kindle can do in black and white), but the Nook Color also allows users to surf the Internet, check their email, listen to music and play games. In 2011 there will be a free update to the Android version 2.2 operating system, and that means the device will be able to play Flash content, including tens of thousands of online movies, and even the iPad can’t do that. Early reviewers say the Nook Color has a touch screen that is as responsive as the iPad’s.
The device is called a “Reader’s Tablet” because it focuses on the needs of readers. For example, it allows you to set up a network of friends so you can lend them books. You can transfer one of your books to another Nook Color and your friend has 14 days to read it before the book becomes inactive. The Nook Color makes it easy to share content on Facebook and Twitter through an integrated app.
Even though the focus is on reader’s, the device has lots of flexibility. It comes with a Microsoft Office document viewer so you can get a little work done too.
The size, functionality and cost of the Nook Color will make it an enormously popular device.
Nook Color Quick Reference
Available in Barnes & Noble stores, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Books-A-Million
Published on: Oct 26, 2010