At RadioShack, we’re all about giving you choices. Whether that’s the choice of what type of case to get for your new smartphone, what color LEDs to put on your latest project, or which e-reader to get for your significant other, we’ve got you covered. To give you even more choices, we recently added the Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color e-readers to our local stores, so you can easily pick up a great solution for carrying a whole library of books with you easily. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide, so we wanted to help you by highlighting some of the key features and differences between the NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color e-readers.
NOOK Simple Touch
If books are your thing, the NOOK Simple Touch is definitely going to be your best bet. This little e-reader’s 6-inch E Ink Pearl touchscreen display is specially designed for easy reading – it works great outdoors in direct sunlight, and the low power needs of E Ink allow for up to 2 months of reading before you’ll need to recharge it via the standard microUSB port.
The NOOK Simple Touch has 2GB of internal storage, so you can carry up to 1,000 books, but also features a microSD card slot, so you can add even more storage! The size is perfect - 6.5in x 5in x 0.5in – and it only weighs 7.48 ounces, so it’s really easy to just slip into your bag for reading anywhere. The back and sides of the NOOK Simple Touch are slightly rubberized, so it’s really easy to hold.
The NOOK Simple Touch features built-in WiFi connectivity, so you can easily download books and newspapers on-the-go. It also offers free WiFi at any Barnes & Noble or AT&T hotspot, which is pretty good network around the country. You can sample any of Barnes & Noble’s 2 million books, and also get individual issues of great magazines and newspapers.
The NOOK Color, on the other hand, is a much better option if you want to read more than just books. The NOOK Color’s Android-based operating system and 7-inch VividView color touchscreen display make reading magazines and newspapers a breeze, and there’s a great selection of interactive children’s books, too. You can also check out special NOOK Books that include audio and video segments to really spice up the reading experience. You can also shop from an array of popular Android applications that have been tweaked especially for the NOOK Color – this includes Angry Birds, Lonely Planet, Epicurious, and more!
The NOOK Color is almost considered a tablet, measuring in at 8.1in x 5in x .5in, thus making room for the widescreen display. The NOOK Color is also a bit heavier at 15.8 ounces, and the back is similarly rubberized, so it’s easy to hold. Both devices have a single ‘N’ button at the bottom that allows you to navigate back to the homescreen or access extra features. Like the NOOK Simple Touch, the NOOK Color charges via microUSB, and it offers up to 8 hours of continuous use.
The NOOK Color features 8GB of internal storage alongside a microSD card slot for extra storage – you can load it up with your favorite photos, videos, and music for entertainment on the go!
Both the NOOK Simple Touch and the NOOK Color feature the cool LendMe technology that makes it really easy to ‘borrow’ e-books from your friends, as well as the ability to share what you’re reading on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. You can now pick up the Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color at RadioShack, along with a great selection of cool cases to add some flair to your new e-reader.
Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite book of all time is and what your favorite feature of the NOOK Simple Touch or NOOK Color is. We’ll pick two random winners to receive a NOOK of their own!
UPDATE 10/25/11 - Thank you all for the great comments! We have chosen our winners – congrats to Shaina D. and Darrell C.! We will contact you via email to arrange shipment.