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The Nook Color from Barnes & Noble occupies a middle ground between e-reader and Android tablet. Sure, it does books, but it also does some Android apps and can be rooted into a full-featured Android tablet if you have the know-how.

Description

The Kindle Fire has a multitouch-capable 7-inch IPS display, a dual-core processor, and at 14.6 ounces, a pretty lightweight frame. The resolution on that screen is 1024 x 600. The battery is rated to last for eight hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (with WiFi switched off).

Samsung goes round two for the 7-inch Android tablet market. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus runs Android's Honeycomb 3.2 with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin. It features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage, a 4,000mAh battery, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. The tablet also has an IR port and features Peel's Smart Remote App.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 19, 2010
  • Price at launch: $249.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 15, 2011
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 13, 2011
  • Price at launch: $399.99
  • Height: 8.1 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Thickness: 0.48 inches
  • Weight: 0.99 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Mono

Hardware

  • Height: 7.5 inches
  • Width: 4.7 inches
  • Thickness: 0.45 inches
  • Weight: 0.91 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 7.62 inches
  • Width: 4.82 inches
  • Thickness: 0.39 inches
  • Weight: 0.76 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Nook Color
  • Launch OS version: 2.1
  • Notable apps: Pandora, Nook

Software

  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Kindle
  • Launch OS version: 2.3.3
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Samsung TouchWiz
  • Launch OS version: 3.2
  • Notable apps: Samsung Kies air
  • CPU brand: Ti
  • CPU family: OMAP
  • CPU model: 3621
  • Clock speed: 800 MHz
  • Cores: 1

Processor

  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4430
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: Samsung
  • CPU family: Exynos
  • CPU model: 4210
  • Clock speed: 1.2 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • Brand: PowerVR
  • Model: SGX530

GPU

  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX540
  • RAM size: 512 MB

Memory

  • RAM size: 512 MB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • Internal size: 8 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 8 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: SD
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No
  • GSM: Yes
  • GSM frequencies: 1900, 1800, 900, 850
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • UMTS frequencies: 2100, 1900, 900
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0

Front Camera

  • Effective pixels: 2 megapixels

Rear Camera

  • Effective pixels: 3 megapixels
  • Flash: Single LED
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB

Ports

  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Accelerometer
Proximity, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 4010 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr

Battery

  • Capacity: 4400 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 7.5 hr
  • Capacity: 4000 mAh

Benchmarks

  • Quadrant: 2011
  • SunSpider: 2541.9 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hour 47 minutes
  • Quadrant: 3590
  • SunSpider: 1634 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 7 hours 7 minutes
Power Adapter, Quick Start Guide, USB cable

Bundled Accessories

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