November 22, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is the first second-generation Android-based ereader. Its predecessor was an e-ink screen designed for longer battery life and less strain on the eyes during long-term reading sessions, but the Nook Color is a departure.
The 16-million-color screen with VividView provides a more traditional reading experience with twists. It offers color photographs and charts that would lose meaning on an e-ink display, and a variety of controls for note-taking, highlighting, or bookmarking. You sacrifice the battery life of e-ink, but gain color-based features that are otherwise lost.
The Nook Color is an ereader-meets-tablet running Android. It comes with a browser, limited support for other pre-approved apps, and access to thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers. The Nook Color costs $249 and should be available in limited supply at Barnes & Noble. We’ll have more hands-on videos and a full review over the next few days. For now, let’s begin by taking a look at this unboxing and early hands-on video.