Barnes and Noble recently came out with their newest eReader, the Nook Color. This eReader features a completely new operating system, with it being based on the Android OS. Being in color means that the new Nook can also take full advantage of markets that the Amazon Kindle cannot cater to. Children's books and full color magazines are two areas where the Nook should dominate the market.
The Nook is almost a hybrid between an eReader and a tablet. It has a fully functional web browser, music player and even has various games that are uploaded onto it or can be downloaded through the Barnes and Noble store. The Nook has a seven inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, making it far superior in that category to the Kindle.
In terms of performance, the Nook Color has a TI OMAP CPU that goes to speeds up to 800 MHz as well as 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of flash memory for storage. There is also WiFi for accessing the internet and downloading movies, but there is no 3G service and that is a slight disappointment. The battery life is decent, given the colored screen and other features, and it ranges up to two days with moderate usage. Constant usage gives you a battery life of between ten to twelve hours.
Overall, the Nook is certainly a competitor for the Kindle, however its colored screen also results in it catering to a completely different audience. Those who want more than just black and white text from their eReader will certainly be enticed by the Nook Color. Its ability to display children's books and magazines is another intriguing aspect. The only drawback to the Nook Color is its $250 price tag, which makes it $100 more expensive than the Kindle.
Need to Know: NOOK Color
1. Color screen. (The Good)
2. Sleek and lightweight design. (The Good)
3. Hefty price tag. (The Bad)
4. Low battery life, compared to Kindle. (The Bad)