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Barnes & Noble Nook Color official with LCD, Pandora radio

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010

Barnes and Noble Nook Color official, due Nov 19

Barnes & Noble at its event this afternoon confirmed the Nook Color. The Android device is now more of a true tablet and uses a seven-inch IPS-based LCD as its sole, heavily redesigned interface. The addition of color now makes it possible to auto-subscribe to magazines and newspapers that preserve the same layout as print, along with adding support for spoken and interactive Nook Kids books.

It only supports 802.11n Wi-Fi, not 3G, but has a full web browser and can share recommendations or book quotes over Facebook and Twitter. It's now more of an app platform as well and centers on Pandora Internet radio for streaming music. Games have a home with chess, crosswords and Sudoku as options, and a developer program has been opened to help create apps specific to the format.

The reader holds 8GB of storage but has a microSDHC slot to take as much as 32GB more. It still supports ePub, PDF and common Microsoft Office formats for text, but color opens the door to common photo formats and gives it MPEG-4 video support. AAC and MP3 are available for audio.

Barnes & Noble plans to ship the Nook Color on November 19 and is consciously distancing the design from the iPad with a $249 asking price.

By Electronista Staff


  1. lamewing

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    No wonder

    No wonder B&N have been pushing their Nooks so hard the last two weeks at our local store. The Nook area was increased, easily 300%.

  1. serkol

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    IPS screen for $250?

    If it really has an IPS screen, and costs $250, I'll buy one for my wife, despite that I'm an iPhone developer.

  1. drbenru

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    It's only $304 with drop/spill/accidental damage !

    The only reason I haven't gotten my 3 y/o daughter her own iPad/or iPod is my 1 y/o son, as he'll often ambush her and attempt to destroy anything in her hands. She'll often borrow my iPad but only when my son is not around. The Nooks extended protection covers drops/spills/other accidental damage for 2 years at $54. This just jumped to the top of the list for my daughter's X-mas. Neither the iPod nor iPad plans cover dropping the thing and breaking the screen, which is my biggest fear with my kids (and my wife but don't tell her).

    My daughter amazingly careful with my iPad, but kids are kids, and that price even without the 2 year coverage seems hard to beat. I don't have iPad expectations for it, but might just be what my daughter needs.

  1. brainiac

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    4 by 6 inch screen :(

    The form factor may be fine for text and general images but seems very impractical for many children's books that do not fit that form factor. There is either going to be a lot of panning or the books will be very tiny with nearly unreadable text. For example, take that Fancy Nancy book that they show with the wide form factor.

    If I am buying something for a young child then the pictures need to be big and interesting so they can study the details AND (simultaneously) the text needs to be large enough so I can read the book to them as they look at the pictures (queues to gain reading skills). BN is pitching it as a great device for graphical books but it seems pretty weak, especially for $249.

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