NookColor: Next!

Filched from Barnes & Noble site (if they have better ones, I don’t really care to look):

So it’s larger than the Nook “classic.”

Perspective:

NookColor: 8.1″ x 5.0″ x 0.48″ – 15.6 oz
Samsung Galaxy Tab: 7.48″ x 4.74″ x 0.46″ – 12 oz
Archos 70IT: 7.91″ x 4.49″ x 0.43″ – 11 oz

So it’s bigger than two other widely-publicized Android tablets.

But it’s not an Android tablet. Its Nookware under an IPS screen with an Android center.

The latest version of the Nook “classic” has been locked down and can’t be rooted. I expect the same safeguards to be in place with this device. So, expect it to be what they say it is: A Nook with a color touchscreen, period.

This sells into the existing Nook market as well as all those people who have wanted a Nook but with color.

The specs page has no mention of PDB, so perhaps the PDB files Mac owners using the Nook desktop software are getting is a temporary condition that will be resolved.

Still, Barnes & Noble is using its own mutant version of Adobe DRM, so even though their books are ePub, they can’t be read on any other device that doesn’t run their Nook software. So, you can’t switch from a Nook to, say, a Kobo Reader and take your books along.

There is still nothing stopping anyone from getting a real Android tablet and running B&N’s Android Nook software on it to have the same general effect but with greater tablet capabilities.

This device does not interest me.

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