If you were considering getting yourself a tablet from the Nook lineup, now is a good time to do so since Barnes & Noble has cut the price on its two devices. The Nook Color is now selling for $149 (previous price $169) and the Nook Tablet’s price tag shows $179 (was $199) for the 8GB model and $199 (was $249) for the 16GB version.
The Nook tablets are not like average tables, and offer much more than a simple ebook reader. The devices combine the functionality of a table with a comfortable design of an ebook reader, so not only can you ready book and magazines but also watch movies, listen to music and play games.
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The Nook Color features a 7-inch VividView Color touch screen that displays more than 16 million colors in 1024 x 600 resolution and 169 PPI, and provides you with a clear and bright picture perfect for newspapers and magazines with lots of images. The LCD screen may be a bit eye-straining but as an offset to this, the unit offers extra-wide viewing angle so there is very little glare when you look at the screen from almost any angle. The text remains clear and easy to read even outdoors.
The Barnes & Noble readers give you access to a huge selection of content available for the devices. You can choose from over 2.5 million titles from the latest bestsellers to older classics. Most ebooks will cost you $9.99 or less, you can also receive free samples. NOOK Daily Find brings you a great book at a great price, plus a weekly Free Fridays title. The Nook Color is perfect for reading magazines. It displays magazines as full pages filled with color and astounding images. When you have a subscription, a magazine or daily newspaper is downloaded automatically every morning to the device so you don’t have to worry about running outside to the mailbox to pick up the daily paper or your favorite magazine anymore. Before you buy a subscription, you can try any title free for 14 days. Graphic novel fans can enjoy their favorite collections with vivid colors and rich images. If you have difficulty choosing a book just look for an expert recommendation from one of the 40,000 booksellers.
If you prefer watching and listening to reading, you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows right on your Nook Color with Netflix (a free 30-day trial included) and you can listen to millions of songs from the hottest music services. Try for free Rhapsody, MOG and Grooveshark.
The device is an ideal product for children, especially if you’re traveling. It will provide hours of fun time with a large collection of popular children’s picture books and an interactive Read to Me feature and Read and Play activities.
The Nook Color also allows you to search, download and use popular apps in addition to all the pre-loaded apps and games like Angry Birds, Scrabble, Taptu, MyCast Weather, Epicurious, Drawing Pad, Sudoku, Crosswords, Chess and Pandora. The Nook Reading App synchronizes the last page you’ve read across your Nook, smartphone or computer— so you can read what you love, anywhere you like.
The reader sports 800 MHz TI processor with 512 MB RAM and 8GB of built-in memory which will allow you to store up to 6,000 books. You can expand the memory to 32GB by using a microSD memory card. The battery life of the Color lasts approximately eight hours and comes with a rechargeable battery that takes around three hours to charge.
Other features include built-in Wi-Fi so you can check and send email from your personal account, a media player which play up to 100 hours of music or audio books, and a 3.5mm headphone jack so others don’t have to listen with sou.
The Nook Color lets you customize your reading experience so it’s the most comfortable for you. You have the option to choose your font styles, background colors and margin spacing. There is also the option to create your own personal wallpaper.
Learn more about Nook Tablet
The Nook Tablet’s specs are quite similar to the Color’s, there are however a few noticeable differences. First of all, both devices are the same size (8.1 inches high, 5.0 inches wide and 0.48 inches deep) but the Nook Table is almost 2 ounces lighter – it weighs only 14.1 ounces.
Just like the Color, the Tablet also provides you with access to millions of ebooks, magazines and newspapers with daily subscriptions. The device comes pre-loaded with Netflix and Hulu Plus, which will allow you to stream your favorite television shows and movies so you can always have access to your daily dose of entertainment.
The Nook Tablet is compatible with a number of audio formats like MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, OGG (Audio Codecs MP3, AAC, AMR, LPCM, OGG Vorbis), video formats : MP4, Adobe Flash Player, 3GP, 3G2 MKV, WEBM (Video Codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VP8) and text file formats: PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX.
Similarly to the Color, the Tablet also provides some fun and learning time to children. For example, with Alive Touch the characters of a book will actually come to life and move around the pages as your child reads a book. Built-in microphone allows you to record your voice using the Read To Me feature so your familiar voice can read the children their favorite books even when you aren’t there with them.
The Nook Tablet is powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor and either 512MB or 1GB RAM and 8GB and 16GB internal memory respectively, both expandable with up to 32GB microSD memory card. Additionally, Barnes and Noble guarantees you free storage in their cloud so there is little chance you will run out of space. The device comes with a battery life of 11.5 hours if you are reading or 9 hours if you are watching video and the battery take only 3 hours to recharge.
Both readers / tablets offer impressive abilities, quality design and enjoyable extra features. You can alternate between reading books and magazines, watching videos, listening to music and playing games and you will never get bored. The device also provides educative entertainment for your children, so it definitely is worth checking out.