“NOOKcolor” Revealed by Barnes & Noble

The fog has finally lifted around the new E-reader of Barnes & Noble, broken nearly a week ago by CNET. It’s obvious as we read through the details that this is more than a simple colorized version of the previous e-Reader.  Loaded with Android 2.1 and featuring 8GB internal memory, this guy also runs an Android Media Player and supports many file types.  Barnes & Noble plans to offer applications through a store of their own so there is no immediate Android Market support.  That is until it lands in the wild and hackers rip into it.  

And could somebody please explain why B&N doesn’t call it an Android tablet instead of E-reader? If you’ll take a look at the specs, I hope you’ll agree with me that it looks way more like a tablet:

  • 7-inch VividView color touch screen (1,024×600 at 169 ppi; more 16 million colors)
  • 8.1 inches by 5 inches by .48 inches (HWD)
  • 15.8 ounces
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Runs on Android 2.1 (upgradeable to 2.2 in 2011)
  • 8GB of built-in memory, plus microSD expansion slot for adding more memory
  • Supports PDF and ePub files, as well Word, Excel, and PowerPoint using built-in Quickoffice software
  • Image files supported: JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP files (use personal photos for wallpaper)
  • Video playback via Android Media Player
  • Sealed-in battery delivers eight hours of continuous reading time
  • Pandora preloaded
  • Web browser (no Flash support in Android 2.1 but will be added in 2.2)
  • No Android Market, but Barnes & Noble will sell some apps through its own store
  • Integrated social networking and LendMe apps
  • Price: $249
  • Ship date: November 19
  • Available in Barnes & Noble stores, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Books-A-Milliona

Just an e-Reader, right?

  • Caitlin

    The key difference between an “e-reader” and an “android tablet” might be whether you can use the browser to download an APK from a third party and then install it.

    So far, from what B&N has stated, you are only guaranteed that they will have a store
    to support “e-reader” applications.

    I have no doubt that there will be ways to jailbreak this device to install 3rd party APKs,
    but will those conflict with the value-add features that B&N added like book sharing?

    But if this is a general purpose android tablet that just adds some B&N pre-integrated
    Apps then it is looks to be a fantastic bargain. It’s even inviting if you’re locked into
    B&N approved applications.

  • Robert B

    What is the processor on this please? If this thing has at least a 800MZ processor then it is a great deal.