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Nook Color 2, Coming Soon?

Written on September 05, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Barnes & Noble is said to be working on a Nook Color 2, but with a catch....

According to TechCrunch, Barnes & Noble is working on a new version of its Nook Color that could be available sometime this September. However, Nook Color 2’s specs and features are currently thin on the ground — except that it is believed to have the same 7-inches display too. Regardless, there were reports that suppliers of components are ready to ship the device’s parts.

TPK Holdings is rumored to supply the eReader’s touch panels, and will be assembled by Inventec. There are also rumors that E Ink will provide the back plates of Nook Color 2. But if that would be the case, it could put an end to the Nook Color 2’s tablet potential. A color e-paper could jeopardize the option to get a custom Android ROM, though it could improve battery life. That said, owners of the current Nook Color may stay away from the next model.

Just stick it here at GADG for more updates on Nook Color 2.

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Amazon’s Tablet, Not an iPad Rival

Written on July 30, 2011 by Lulu

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The upcoming tablet from Amazon is said to be a rival of Nook Color rather than being a competitor of Apple's iPad.

Amazon’s upcoming Android tablet might be a competitor to the Nook Color rather than an iPad rival. Based on a report from insiders on Thursday, the said tablet would just be an advanced e-reader that have a color screen and some apps like Barnes & Noble’s hardware. The focus, SAI heard, was on filling a hole where the Kindle was “most vulnerable.”

Almost all the rumors surrounding the said tablet have it carrying a roughly nine-inch screen. Amazon said to be in keen to keep the price of the tablet low by foregoing the camera and using simple two-point touch. Android would get several modifications, though these may be to preload Amazon’s services, like the Appstore, Amazon MP3 and Kindle.

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Pandigital Presents The Novel

Written on August 19, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Pandigital moves aside its photo frames and makes an entrance to the e-book reader market with a sleek color-screen device that makes for almost everybody's eye candy.

The digital frame-maker partners with Barnes & Noble in presenting its Android-powered digital book device, the Pandigital Novel. A 7-inch touch-screen contraption that has full-color display, it further enhances the experience with Wi-Fi connectivity and multimedia capabilities.

Glimpsing a preview of the Novel can link the memory to a rumored smaller version of an iPad. It sharply looks like one at face value. But at a closer look, what sets apart this e-book reader from the rest is its tie-up with Barnes & Noble’s e-book store.

Despite the irresistible color feature, the sharpness level of the device can lag behind 2010 smartphones. The touch screen is not nearly as responsive as the iPad’s, even not at par with those of the new smartphones’ touch-screen interfaces. But overlooking the downside, the Novel displays 800×600-pixel resolution, which is adequate for starters. It comes in white and black hardware for less than $200. That cost can get down to $169 at stores such as J.C. Penney and Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

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