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Nook Color Is Now a $250 Honeycomb Tablet 105

Posted by timothy
from the sorry-son-no-warranty-past-this-point dept.
Barnes & Noble markets the Nook Color as an e-reader with tablet functionality handily built in, but that designation undersells it a bit — it's just as easy to see it as an Android tablet with a 7" multitouch display and a Cortex A8 processor that happens to have strong book-reading features. Compared to the current big name in 7" Android tablets, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, it's quite underspec'd (no camera or GPS receiver, Wi-Fi but no 3G), but it also costs only $250. A few days ago, Android hackers managed to put Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) onto the Color, though in a mostly crippled state. Now Liliputing points out that they've enabled hardware acceleration, too. Pretty neat that one of the cheapest capacitive-screen tablets you can get handles an operating system that a few weeks back was expected to require heavier iron. As comments at Engadget point out, it's not the very smoothest performance, but this is an early build by enthusiasts, and doesn't look too shabby. The developer's announcement of the port points out that this is a work in progress: "What is not working... pretty much everything else, no accelerometer, no wlan, no sound. Haven't started working on those things yet."
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Nook Color Is Now a $250 Honeycomb Tablet

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  • Kindle and PDFs (Score:4, Informative)

    by gwolf (26339) <gwolf@gwCOWolf.org minus herbivore> on Sunday January 30, 2011 @06:33PM (#35051284) Homepage

    The experience is... Ok. Although not stellar, by far - PDFs are usually produced to be displayed/printed on a letter/A4 format, that is, about 3x the size of the screen. The Kindle tries to get as close as possible to the PDF by cropping the displayed portion. Sadly, it does not recognize elements that make the display be too reduced (i.e. the header/footer, repeated at every page with minimal modifications)... But anyway, reading it at page level zoom is usually very uncomfortable (and I have very good sight), if at all possible.

    Zooming into the text is useless, as the zoom cuts the page in half horizontally - so if you are not reading material with columns (i.e. a magazine), it's basically useless.

    What I do, and have read several books with, is to rotate the screen and hold it in landscape. The cropping is then adjusted for maximum effective horizontal space. It is still not as comfortable as reading a text, native format - but it is much better, and more than enough for reading a book.

    Finally, if your PDF is mostly text, you can mail it to [your-address]@free.kindle.com, with "convert" as the subject. It usually does the right thing.

  • Re:So... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Yosho (135835) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @09:35PM (#35052508) Homepage

    And it takes a lot of page-turns to drain the battery of an ebook reader. Basically, an entire book worth.

    For what it's worth, my Kindle, at least, is way better than that. I've never let it get completely drained, but I have gone on trips where I've read through 3 or 4 lengthy novels and only seen the battery go down to 50% or so.

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