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B&N Nook retail box
The Barnes & Noble Nook is the newest electronic book reader on the market and takes things to the next level with both AT&T and WiFi connectivity, support for the largest number of ebooks available, capability to lend books, Google Android operating system powered and more. Let’s take a look at the hardware, navigation, and ebook reading aspects of the device.
Sliding off the top cover
The white cardboard piece slides off to reveal the plastic internal packaging.
Removing the Nook
It does take a bit of effort to take the Nook out of the plastic casing and I recommend you follow the directions on the back of your packing slip to prevent breakage and issues.
Included Nook accessories
You will find the USB cable and A/C adapter, along with a Quick Start Guide, in the lower box of the Nook package.
B&N Nook in hand
The Nook has both an upper eInk display and lower color LCD.
Sony Reader next to the Nook
This gives you a feel for the size of the Nook compared to my Sony Reader 505.
Sony Reader 505 on the B&N Nook
The Nook is taller than the Sony Reader 505.
Back of the B&N Nook
The back has a Nook logo and is covered in gray soft touch material to help you grip and hold your Nook in hand.
Top of the Nook
A slim silver button is found on the top of the Nook. There are two small openings present too that I think are for case options.
Bottom of the Nook
A mono speaker, microUSB port, and 3.5mm headset jack can be found on the bottom. There are also two small opening that look like they are designed for future case options.
Sony 505 on the B&N Nook
Here you can see the thickness differences between these two ebook readers.
Side view of Sony 505 and Nook
Here is a shot of the Sony 505 on top of the Nook.
Starting up the Nook
Pop-up bubbles appear during initial start up screens to guide you through some navigation aspects of the Nook.
Bottom color screen startup
There are ways you interact with the bottom color LCD during startup too.
Register on bottom display
You can register your Nook to get it connected with your online account.
I recommend taking a walk through the tour during initial startup so you won’t have to view the manual later.
Welcome text on eInk display
Here you can see the Welcome notice on the Nook.
Typical menu structure
Navigation options appear on the bottom display as you read your books. This screen can be set to turn off if you just want to read without distractions too.
The Daily article
Daily content can be downloaded wirelessly to your Nook and enjoyed as well.
Daily content description
This part of the Welcome screen states what type of content is available.
Wireless access description
This part of the Welcome screen explains how wireless access can be enjoyed on the Nook.
"Home" screen on color display
As you can see there are five main parts of the color “Home” screen. The daily, my library, shop, reading now, and settings.
Here you can see the B&N library I started out with on my Nook. All of these books were automatically added to my account when I downloaded the iPhone B&N reader application.
Here you can see some of the basic stats available in the settings area.
First Settings display
When you tap on Settings then this is what options you see in the menu.
Adding a WiFi hotspot
You can connect your Nook to a B&N store or to your home network with ease.
More settings, including contacts
I am not sure why there are contacts on the Nook, but it is there.
Barnes & Noble storefront on the Nook
When you choose to shop then you are taken to the Barnes & Noble store. Special offers appear at the bottom and can be navigated through with the forward and back buttons on the side of the Nook.
There are various ways find content on the Nook using the bottom color display.
Different types of content
You can find ebooks, magazines, and newspapers on the Barnes & Noble store.
You can view store content by color covers, as seen here with magazines.
Only three newspapers are available at this time, but I imagine these offerings will grow quickly.
Purchasing a newspaper subscription
There are subscription options available for the Nook newspapers.
Here are the book covers of some available ebooks in the store.
Back off of the Nook
The entire back of the Nook is pried off to reveal the microSD card slot, battery, and AT&T SIM card.
Battery, microSD, and SIM card
The battery is held in place with a small single screw.
How to remove the battery
Instructions are provided for removing the battery.
SIM card peeking out
The battery needs to be removed to take out the SIM card.
Back of Nook with battery removed
It is easy to take out the battery and for long trips you may want to have spares, but don’t forget the screwdriver too.
Standby screen, city view
Different standby images can be selected to appear on the Nook.
Back Nook logo
This logo is embedded on the back of the Nook.
Nook "Home" button
This Nook button/area is placed on the top of the color display area and pressing it will take you back to the five icons on the color display.
Page turning button and screen setback
As you can see the eInk display is set in a bit from the surrounding material. This may help you remember the top is not a touchscreen.
Matte finish of page button
The surrounding plastic is glossy, but the page turning buttons have a matte finish on them to help you turn pages.
Nook in hand
Wallpaper and Nook bottom Home page in hand.
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