2010 means it's time to upgrade your reading skills, which means taking on Barnes & Noble's new feature rich eReader. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick review the Nook with its E Ink display, color touch screen and more for $260.
What You Need To Know
The Nook is definitely on the smaller side of eReaders.
It's about 8" long and 5" across.
It's a little thicker and heavier than it looks.
Most E Ink displays are laggy, so the Nook tried to imrpove the standard eReader interface with a color touch screen that runs on Android.
Overall, the user experience requires a learning curve.
Everything you see on the E Ink display is controlled by the color touch screen.
At first, you feel kind of disconnected because wen you do something on the touch screen, it takes a few seconds for the E Ink display to register.
It doesn't help that the touch screen itself is a little laggy.
We know they can improve on it since they just released a firmware update that sped up performance.
After a few days, we got used to it. It's not better than using an iPad but it's better than a Kindle.
It's always connected to AT&T's 3G network with no extra charges, and has Wi-Fi, which makes it easier to browse and buy books than the Kindle.
The store has over a million titles to choose from and searching the database is really easy.
Prices seem kind of steep (up to $15 for a Top 100 Title) but it's competitive with the Kindle and iTunes store.
You can lend eBooks for 14 days to your friends that have the Nook or the Barnes & Noble eReader App.
You can sample almost any eBook for free.
The Nook also knows if you're in a Barnes & Noble store and lets you read complete eBooks for free in the store.