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B&N Nook Color

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    USArcher

    Beautiful device coming later this November.  It is Android based, includes a web browser, pandora and a few other apps.  No app store, though it is said B&N is working on one.  I'm sure this is no speed demon but the question I have, how does Microsoft participate in such PC less ecosystems?  Is there a place for Windows and should porting Silverlight to Android become a priority?  Curious about your thoughts.

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    Bass

    That thing is pretty hot. At the right price point and with access to Android marketplace I can see a serious competitor to the iPad.

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    spivonious

    If it's at the right price point, I can see this being popular. But I'd much rather have a color e-ink screen.

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    JeremyJ

    @USArcher:Call me crazy but I don't see the point of this thing.  An e-reader with a backlit LCD really defeats the purpose of an e-reader.  It seems to me that they are trying to be the jack-of-all-trades but really doesn't do any of it well.  You might as well buy a regular tablet PC.

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    elmer

    @JeremyJ:It's more a "magazine" reader rather than an e-reader... the sort of thing you leave laying about on the coffee table to show you have one. We are living in an era of gadgets for their own sake, and for bling sake, rather than solving any real problem.

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    Ian2

    Was in B&N this afternoon, big display (but only a mock up colour Nook) - it looks like it is going to be a great alternative to the Kindle, free 3G, colour (if the screen is good?)and only $249!

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    kettch

    @Ian2:During the presentation I believe they said that the Nook Color wouldn't have 3G out of the gate. They seemed noncommittal about that feature in the future, probably because they want everyone to buy this version, so they can get them to buy the 3G version later.

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    Ray7

    Without a colour e-Ink screen, I'm not sure why I would want this over an iPad.

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    wkempf

    This opens a new market. B&N is targeting specific content that's currently not accounted for by anybody but Apple, and honestly they aren't really targeting it either. This is a good device for magazines, kids books, comics, photography books, etc. If they can really build-up the content around those and market it well, B&N will be the leader in these new markets. Then a year from now when everyone is moving to color with the newer display technologies, like the Mirasol, B&N will be WAY ahead of everyone. It's actually pretty smart. This is not an iPad competetitor anymore than the NOOK or Kindle were.

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    Bas

    I'm kind of annoyed that ever since the iPad LCD is considered acceptable for e-readers. e-Ink was finally making some headway, and now this.

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    Sven Groot

    I think there's room for both technologies, with their own strengths and weaknesses. I think LCDs won't win in the end for eReaders because of weight, battery life, and vulnerability. But for those who want slightly more, like colour or video, LCD is currently the only option. There is a market for both I believe.

    And who knows maybe something like Mirasol will make both obsolete. Smiley

     

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    wkempf

    Again, this is a stop-gap. You can bet this will be replaced by a NOOKcolor 2 with a Mirasol (or other display type) in short order. B&N knows that LCD isn't ideal for eReaders, but it gets them into these new markets now.

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    Duncanma

    I'm just sad in general with these LCD e-readers. I have a kindle, and it is the best computer-reading experience I've ever had... I don't want to compromise for reading on a screen... but I worry about the future of a dedicated eReader like Kindle with the iPad craze

    Kindle on WP7/PC/iPad == cool ... and maybe good for spontaneous reading, but it won't replace my actual device!

     

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    USArcher

    Indepth review.  It gets 8 hours of real use, which is decent.  In 2nd video, the browser is reviewed and it looks promising.

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    kettch

    @USArcher:After having spent some time with the device, I'm not impressed. The touch screen isn't very responsive. The multitouch is limited to just the photo gallery, and isn't implemented properly (it just zooms from the center of the screen no matter where your fingers are and how you move them). I thought that multitouch would be a good way to zoom text size while reading, but they didn't implement that. All of the animations are sluggish and choppy.

    While I've been using it, I've really wanted to like it, but I haven't been thrilled. This is a device with some cool features, and lots of promise, but the software quality just isn't there.

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