Reviews and Problems with Barnes and Noble Nook 1st Generation
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Review: Barnes & Noble Nook, Black and White
15 June 2011
Excerpt: By now, most everyone in your circle of friends has played with a Kindle and an iPad. Fewer have picked up a Nook . But I’d urge you to give this dark horse a shot. I’ve been testing the newest black and white version of Barnes & Noble’s e-reader, and, well, you can color me impressed.
Pros: Nothing here gets in the way of a good read. Six-inch e-ink screen is crisp. Epic battery life. Hardware design eases one-handed operation. Shows progress in actual pages conforming to the paper edition.
Cons: Low light is a problem. Touch screen could be better. Social tools are meh, and the e-mail client is especially weak. Until e-book readers cost significantly less than 0 they won’t be everywhere — razors exist to sell blades.
Excerpt: The new Nook from Barnes & Noble has this funny little trick: I keep on reading on it. In fact, despite my best efforts otherwise, I’m often reading the very book I planned on reading, or the book that I was reading moments before I tried to escape into some OS Wonderland that simply doesn’t exist...
Pros: Simple, intuitive touch UI, Highly responsive, Comfortable in hand
Cons: Can’t access the stronger Kindle ecosystem, Single purpose, E Ink is showing its age
Excerpt: Read between the virtual lines, what with runaway sales of Amazon’s Kindle and news of Plastic Logic and co. splayed all over the evening headlines: eReaders are the hot items to have this holiday season.
Pros: Large readable E Ink display, Lower color LCD touch display looks great, Expandable storage, Large book catalog
Cons: Touch Display is hard to use at times, Slow refresh on E Ink display, Lacking blog and magazine content, Questionable durability, Unintuitive menu system, Lag between two displays