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Barnes & Noble announces full-color Nook for $249



Barnes & Noble has released the Nook Color, a 7-inch full color touch-screen version of their popular b&w book reader. Based on the Android platform, the Nook Color has impressive specs and at $249 is sure to give Apple's iPad a run for its money during the holiday season.


With built-in WiFi and support for email, web surfing, Facebook and Twitter, this Nook begins to offer a feature set close to the iPad for a lot less. App support will make it easy to update the many Android apps already available to the larger format, similar to the way apps have been updated from iPhone to iPad.

The Nook Color will be the first device to offer more than 100 color newspapers including some of the bigs like the The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. The current Barnes & Noble library of more than 2-million books is supported and most video formats are supported too but not Flash (sound familiar?).

It ships with 8GB of onboard storage and can be expanded up to 32GB with microSD memory cards. All the specs are here and it's due to start shipping on November 19. This is going to get interesting!

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 6:17pm]


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