Nook Color Hands-on: E-reader, Tablet, or Both?

Yesterday, Barnes & Noble released a software update for the Nook Color, bringing an app store, Google Android 2.2, and other tablet-like features. Since I never actually reviewed the Nook Color when it launched—and because I was curious to see if the device can replace a traditional tablet—I ran out to buy one. I've used the device for roughly 24 hours now, both before and after the new software upgrade. At $249, the device impresses overall, but for most people, this is going to be an e-reader first and pseudo-tablet second, based on my limited, hands-on impressions. My very first impression: Barnes & Noble has hidden Android better than any other device maker I've seen yet, and I mean that in a good way.

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