The most intriguing thing, of course, is the multitouch panel on the lower 25 percent of the screen. From the photos, it looks to me like all it does is replace hardware controls, like a physical keyboard and menu navigation. It does, however, cause an eyebrow raise (or two). First: Will those menus be akin to a pre-App-Store iPhone with just a few pre-installed apps, or will B&N release a development kit for outsiders to create their own e-book widgets and mini-apps? Second: Won't all that color and fancy menu deliciousness murder battery life?