It sounds wonderful. It's less expensive than the Nook Color by about $50, being priced at $199. It sounds more powerful and the screen looks designed to be very sturdy. The Nook Color 2 will be released soon and is built on a newer generation of Android ie Gingerbread and I have no idea what else that offers.
What seems to be going unremarked upon is that there is a $79 Kindle for sale, too. So while a Kindle Tab is exciting with streaming vid and cloud computing, and dual core whatever, for the general, not techy, public, $80 for a reader coming into the Christmas season? This is the great news for writers.
They say the battery life is about 8 hours. I think that's what the NC is too and it probably is but it sure seems like less. The LED screen is the issue. It requires a ton of power to run the thing and the more you do--like play Angry Birds--you can see the battery run down to 50% in no time.
I haven't seen the Fire's screen, almost no one has, and it's said to be beautiful, but I have to say the NC screen is gorgeous.
I haven't been reading that much in the past weeks, not since being disappointed by The Magician Kings or whatever the title was, so that also means I haven't taken the time to explore all the functionality of the rooted Nook. I suspect it does everything I want it to do.
What needs to happen--sorry Mr Bezos--is for Amazon to drop the dopey mobi format and adopt epub. Let's get a standard, like Beta vs. VHS.