So, the time has finally arrived – a color e-reader will soon be shipping from Barnes & Noble. The NOOKColor is an Android-based platform that boasts a 7 inch VividView color touch screen with an extra-wide viewing screen that is backlit, making it easy to read, day and night. View your material in portrait or landscape modes, too!
Posted on October 28, 2010 · 19 Comments
The NOOKColor is also integrated with social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Import all of your Google contacts to stay connected with your friends, share your favorite lines or recommend books! Update your reading status with your friends – right from the page you are reading!
The NOOKColor also offers more personalization with the ability to organize your home screen with your favorite books or newspapers/magazines. You can also organize your personal e-book library. Keep track of your mysteries, memoirs, romances, books read this year, or whatever other ways you want to personalize your reading – all in your device!
The NOOKColor retains the ability to upload your own photos to use on your home screen, but now they will be in vivid color instead of black and white! Also, upload your favorite tunes to listen to while you are reading or just listen to Pandora internet radio! You can also download audiobooks to listen to on the go!
The NOOKColor contains the QuickOffice software so you have the ability to view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, as well as ePUB, PDF, JPG, among MANY other file types. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page for a full list.
With 8GB of built-in memory – you can hold up to 6,000 books on the device. Need more room? There is a slot for a micro-SD card for extra space.
Read for 8 hours without recharging the batters (with the wireless feature turned off. When the wireless on, it is always searching for a network and it kills the battery life. Ask me – I know! LOL).
Speaking of Wi-fi – the NOOKColor has built-in Wi-fi, so you can surf the web, check your e-mail, read my blog, or search Google – all right from the device!
What will this mean for the e-ink technology? Will it be as easy to read on this new device? I’m not sure. Ask me again in about a month when my NOOKColor arrives. Yes, I couldn’t help myself. I pre-ordered one! I love my NOOK, so I was beyond excited when I laid my eyes on the NOOKColor. I’ll be sure to give you a full review when I get my hands on it next month!
The only thing I wish these companies would do is give us customers who already own the technology a discount to upgrade to the new model. I feel like I just got my regular Nook and it’s already outdated. I paid $250 for it and it’s already marked down to $139 and now we have the NOOKColor! The technology is just moving so fast and I love it, but my pocketbook can’t keep up! Luckily I had some BN gift certificates to put toward this purchase or I would not have been able to afford it. It is $249.
So, my NOOKColor will hopefully ship around November 19 and I will be counting down the days until I can get my hands on it. What do you think of a color e-reader? Have you pre-ordered this device? Do you plan to?