We were able to grab some short hands-on time with the newly-announced Nook Color at today’s event and we came away impressed, overall.
The software — though not final — has a slick, well thought out UI and the 7-inch capacitive touch screen offers some beautiful colors. Unlike the slew of Android-based, LCD display eReaders we’ve seen over the past year, the Nook Color hits all the right notes. The display is, as I mentioned, capacitive instead of resistive and quite responsive to touch. We noted a few times where it wasn’t quite behaving, but B&N reps pointed out that the units we saw were not final.
We don’t know which chip is driving the device, though it seems well up to handling Android 2.0, which is what the UI is built on. At just under a pound, it feels sturdy and solid, and the build quality looks good. At a glance, it’s one of the best entrants into the LCD eReader category we’ve seen so far.
Check out our hands-on video below for a short tour of the features and a peek at the user experience.