The Nook Color, meanwhile, has a screen of 7 inches diagonally while the original Nook has a screen size of 6 inches diagonally, the same as the Kindle 3’s screen. The Nook is between 11.6 and 12.1 ounces and is ½ inch thick, and the new Nook Color is 15.6 ounces and almost 1/2 inch thick. The Nook Color comes with a built in 8GB memory while the original Nook only comes with a 2GB internal memory, or capacity of 1,500 books, but both have the option of expanding the memory to a total of 18GB – this will just cost one a little more (Online Barnes and Noble sells such a memory card for $79.99.) The Nook Color has a much shorter battery life than the Kindle series, only lasting 8 continuous hours, while the original Nook lasts only 10 days with the wireless off. The one thing that can be said for the Nook in this area is that the Nook has a replaceable battery – so if the battery dies out, one can switch it with a new battery, which will cost you another $29.99. The charging time on this devices is 3.5 hours.
Barnes & Noble Nook Color Features:
- * Color touchscreen: Like other wireless readers, nook has a black-and-white E-Ink screen for displaying books and magazines. But underneath the reading screen is a smaller color screen that lets users browse their collection and choose what to read. The 3.5″ color LED screen also features a keyboard for navigation.
- * Share your books: This is the first ebook reader that lets you “lend” books to family and friends. The lent books can be accessed through computers and smartphones. You can lend a book for two weeks, during which time it’s unavailable to you. At the end of the two weeks, it reverts back to the owner.
- * Android operating system: The nook is the first portable reader to operate under Android, Google’s OS for mobile devices. Since Android is open source, outside developers will be able to customize special applications for the nook, a la Apple’s iPhone apps. Nook also allows users to access existing apps for Android devices.
- * Wi-Fi access: Besides being able to download books over a wireless 3G connection, the nook also lets you do the same via Wi-Fi. For now it only works on the Wi-Fi systems at Barnes & Noble stores, but plans are to offer it on other systems. Wi-Fi only nooks are now being sold at $149, $50 less than the 3G versions.
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