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In the early, heady days of e-readers, the term "e-reader" was synonymous with an electronic paper-based device. The Barnes & Noble NookColor explodes that narrow definition: The first LCD-based e-reader optimized around reading, the NookColor ($249, price as of November 16, 2010) delivers a superbly integrated, largely satisfying, and (for now) unique e-reading experience. Better yet, it has the potential to deliver far more as Barnes & Noble's library of periodicals and children's books grows. Following the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, much attention surrounds the growing tablet market. And it would be easy, at first glance, to mistake the NookColor for a tablet. After all, a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen dominates the front surface; and inside it runs Android 2.1 and a Texas Instruments Omap3 series processor. It also has a MicroSDHC card slot to accommodate up to 32GB of storage, and a generous 8GB of user-accessible onboard storage--enough space to support a mix of material (Barnes & Noble gives the example of 1000 books, 25 full-color magazines, 10 newspapers, 50 kids' books, 500 songs, and 150 photos).
Ever since the ebook reader boom began, consumers have been begging for color displays. Now Barnes & Noble has released the Nook Color ($249 direct) with a 7-inch color LCD display to satisfy this need. Color screens look amazing but these devices, the Nook Color included, come with trade-offs. Does color affect the battery life? You bet it does. And although the device runs Android and can handle some third-party apps, don't expect the functionality of a full-fledged tablet computer like the Apple iPad ($499 to $829, 4.5 stars) or the Samsung Galaxy Tab ($399-$599, 3.5 stars). Nonetheless, if you are looking for a full-color reading experience that makes the most of graphic media like magazines and children's books, the Nook Color delivers. And that makes it our Editors' Choice for color ebook readers. The Nook Color doesn't use monochrome E-Ink for its reading screen, like the Amazon Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi ($189, 4 stars) or the original Barnes and Nobles Nook ($199, 4 stars). Instead, it has a 7-inch, 1024-by-600-pixel LCD that can show 16 million colors. The biggest upside of the LCD, of course, is color and contrast that blows E-Ink away. Also, because the LCD screen is backlit, you can read it without a light.
In the past year, the electronics industry seems to have caught in-between fever, launching more and more devices that fit between existing categories. The iPad was initially positioned as something between a smart phone and a laptop and became a smash hit, while the Dell Streak really couldn't find a home between a phone and fuller size tablet. Now Barnes & Noble has brought us another tweener product. The $249 Nook Color is more than an eReader but not quite a full-fledged tablet. It's a Reader's Tablet, according to the company. What does that mean? It means a 7-inch color LCD, the Android operating system, a reading-centric UI, and a "curated" set of apps from which to choose. If you cut past the arbitrary labels and clever massaging of words, what you have is an eReader that excels at its primary purpose while offering enough extras to justify the price.The Nook Color is about the same size and general shape of the original Nook, measuring 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48 inches to the Nook's 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches and maintaining the latter's rounded rectangular design. However, the similarities end here. The Nook Color has a more sophisticated air, perhaps due to the graphite color, the metallic feel of the casing, or the big, beautiful screen in front.
Back at the end of 2009, Barnes & Noble debuted an e-ink reader, the Nook, that differentiated itself from the Amazon Kindle by having a small color LCD at the bottom of the screen for navigation and keyboard entry, among other things. Now the company isn't messing around with a small strip of color and is instead betting the farm on a full-color e-reader that features a 7-inch touch-screen LCD, built-in Wi-Fi (but no 3G wireless), and has people asking: is it an e-reader or a tablet? The short answer is both--or as Barnes & Noble is spinning it, this is a "reader's tablet." The product's design was handled by fuseproject, the same firm behind Aliph's Jawbone headsets. The company's done a nice job of making the device look sleek and compact; it's more of a head-turner than the Samsung Galaxy Tab. But when you pick up the device, your first reaction will probably be, "Wow, this feels a little heavier than it looks." At just a shade less than a pound, it's about twice the weight of the latest-generation Kindle, a bit more than the standard Nook (which weighs 11.2 ounces), but is significantly lighter than an iPad, which tips the scales at around 21 ounces.
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