The old forms of media have seen better days. Newspapers are losing subscribers daily to internet blogs and internet media that provide up to the minute information impossible to be delivered in the classic format. No longer do people need to wait for the paper to be delivered in the wee hours of the night to their doorstep. Barnes and Noble (as well as others) has noticed this trend and is focussed on bringing content to users the way they have become accustomed to. Over a year ago they launched the first Nook, an e-ink reading device to deliver books, newspapers and magazines to their customers in an instant. The device sold well and launched B&N into the emedia segment. But, using the e-ink display had its drawbacks. Page load times are noticeably slow, magazines and newspapers looked disappointing at best, and there was still a vast amount of information and content to be consumed that an e-ink display simply cannot bring to the table Fast forward to today and they decided to give users another choice in the market, the Nook Color ($250). How does the new ereader fair in this increasingly intense market? Is the lcd screen trade-offs worth it while reading books?
update: Barnes & Noble just launched version 1.1 which adds pinch to zoom in the web browser among many other things. In real life use, the pinch to zoom does not equal the smoothness of the iPad or other Android phones. Hopefully it will get ironed out when they update with Android OS 2.2 which brought many performance enhancements to the Android platform. The overall feel since the update has greatly improved. The UI is more fluid and natural, while the web browsing has been improved when scrolling and general responsiveness.