Nook: Unboxing and Initial impressions

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There is this vast library of free e-books available on Gutenberg. Lot of great authors like Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy's complete works all available as free e-books. Reading them on a desktop or laptop just doesn't work. A reading device is a great investment which also conveniently allows you to carry multiple books on you at all times without the bulk.

I contemplated a lot between a tablet and a e-reader. A tablet actually made much more sense. Its so much more versatile and functional than a e-reader. And with the nook at $99 and the Galaxy tab 2 7.0 with ICS for $250, the additional $150 sounded like a no-brainer. But then that tablet wasn't in stock when my relative was coming down.

Looking at the e-reader pro's I knew I had to go for it. An e-ink screen doesn't use any battery to display the text. The battery is just used momentarily when you flip a page and it is refreshed. Users report battery life in excess of a month on a single charge. This is a huge advantage, especially while traveling, over a tablet whose battery life is expected to last between 7-10 hours. Additionally the e-ink display is perfectly legible under bright sunlight. The tablet LCD screen behave like most cell phones and its a pain to read under sunlight. So for reading at beaches or out on holidays, its the e-reader that has to be the device of choice. And finally the size and weight make it extremely portable and really enables convenient reading on the go vis a vis a large hardcover book or a bulkier tablet.

For a short period the nook's price came down to $79. I called my cousin and asked him to immediately pick up one for me.

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In the box you'll find the Nook, a USB cable and a quick start guide. The USB cable is used for data transfer as well as charging the device. The power adapter is not included in the box. I didn't order one considering the longevity of the nooks battery life. If required I guess I can pick up a micro/mini usb charger for cell phones. There is no proper manual in the box, just a quick start guide. But then there isn't much to the nooks either. So a full fledged manual isn't exactly required either.

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The Nooks is covered with a rubberized body that is soft to touch and grips very well. There is no fear of a accidental slippage out of your hands.

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The default screen when the device is powered off.

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Booting up the device

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Screensaver.

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Home Screen. When booting for the 1st time follow these instructionsto skip B&N registration.

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I wanted this jacket for nook which included a LED light and a screen protector. However my cousin walked into a B&N store instead of ordering online. So I got the following instead. Don't have a screen protector an am not sure where I can get a 6" screen protector locally.

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The case seems very durable and is quite roomy as well. Fits the Nook along with the data cable and the Booklite.

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I was quite tempted by the Nook Glowlight which came with a backlit LED built into the screen. However at $139 it was almost double the price. I have had the following lying around forever and have never used it. Made me realize that one normally never ends up reading in low light conditions.

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Reading on the nook is quite pleasant. The text appears very much like that of printed text. It feels much better than reading off the LCD screen of a tablet( I had used a iPad2 for a few days of reading before deciding on the nook). Only difference is the missing smell of a new book and the feel of pages between your fingers. Other than these 2 physical aspects its exactly like reading a printed book and is way more convenient.

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You can flip pages by swiping across the screen or using the physical buttons provided on the bezel.

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I mostly have books in the ePub format so far. I have a couple in PDF format and the Nook handles them just fine. You just have to play around with the font setting a bit to adjust each pdf, but that's not too much trouble. I tried converting pdf's to ePub viz Caliber and while it works well there are very minor changes in formatting. I suggest avoiding using Caliber unless absolutely necessary.

So far am loving my new gadget. No complaints at all. Just read the engadget's summer guide and am feeling good about my decision. Nook is their choice as well. Not really missing the Glowlight.

I had only considered the Kindle and the Nook and the Nook was the clear winner. This is the first time I have read about the Sony reader and it does have some brilliant features. It allows you to download book from public libraries and access Google books over wifi as well as have an inbuilt browser. It also allows you to reference certain material online over wifi. The Nook allows you to only connect to the B&N store over wifi. However I can root my Nook as it runs a certain version of Android which allows installation of the additional store apps and browsers and e-reader S/W. The Sony also allows for taking handwritten notes on its touchscreen. Also audio playback allows for listening to audio e-books.

Now that the Nook is back to $100, the Sony makes a strong case for itself at $139. But if bare bones reading is you main criteria the Nook is the perfect instrument.
 
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argh. confusion... nook or kindle :(
 
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sorry to bump a old thread. was doing some survery on Nook X Kindle.
What are you using?
 
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I did not buy any ebook reader.
 

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