Nook Color vs iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sean_q, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. sean_q

    sean_q Guest

    There are hundreds of subtle details in the user experience
    for a device as complex as a tablet. I've tried to ask about
    of a few of them for the iPad on this forum but I suppose
    the only way to really learn the real nitty gritties is
    by getting one and finding out first hand.

    That means risking some money, but WTF... if I find out I don't
    like it I can always try reselling it... and if I lose a few
    dollars I'll just have to chalk it up as a tuition fee.

    Since I didn't like what I've read about the iPad I found a stock
    (unrooted) Barnes & Noble Nook Color tablet on Craigslist. These are
    my first impressions (and I'm not a professional reviewer).

    [Nook Color Model # BNRV200; Software version 1.0.0]

    THE GOOD

    1. It cost me considerably less money than an iPad.

    2. It's a more comfortable size than the iPad. Ie, smaller.
    I can easily hold it in one hand while tapping the screen
    with the other.

    3. It has a built-in USB port. I plugged the (supplied) cable
    into my (XP) netbook and -- marvelous to relate -- the PC actually
    mounted it as a mass-storage device! Oh, happy happy joy!

    3a. The Nook respects subdirectories created in its main directories
    (Books, Documents, Music etc).

    4. The screen resolution is less than the iPad, 1024x600 vs 1024×768.
    So far however I haven't noticed 168 pixels missing on each row.

    5. You can disable the tilt sensor so the screen doesn't re-orient
    when rotated. This is handy when reading books while lying down
    with the Nook on its side. (Possible on the iPad?)

    THE BAD

    1. The user interface is clunky and (I would say) not well thought
    through. My Nokia N770 is MUCH better, and also allows use of a stylus
    (stored in a built-in groove) for more precise pointing.

    1a. There aren't enough physical buttons.

    2. As an eBook reader (its "nominal" function) it's not as easy
    to use as my Sony PRS-700, which has physical page-turning buttons.
    To use the Nook you have to touch the screen in various ways
    such as tapping, pinching, swiping, etc. They don't always work.
    And you can't use the eraser end of a pencil, either; it seems
    to want live fingers. OTH, sometimes it takes action when _nothing_
    is touching it. Menus open, pages turn, the screen reacts sometimes
    with no user intervention at all. Bumping the power seemed to help,
    but it seems awful flaky. Also, when I tap the screen on one item
    it usually selects the one below where I've tapped. (I would have
    preferred a stylus).

    2a. For instance, just now it refused to accept ANY touchscreen
    commands. So to turn it off I had to hold down the power button until
    DO YOU WANT TO TURN YOUR DEVICE COMPLETELY OFF [CANCEL] [POWER OFF]
    appeared, but since it wouldn't accept a [POWER OFF] screen tap,
    I had to keep the button down until the thing finally shut itself off.

    2b. You can change the font size. However, scroll down one page
    and it reverts to the the original font size! :-(
    Just as on my Sony, there is no global font size setting.

    3. It will play mp3 files. A Music screen pops up and a "music"
    icon appears at the bottom of the screen. However, if I navigate
    away from this screen I can never get back! Tapping on the music
    icon merely results in a cryptic msg saying
    "NOTIFICATIONS No notifications", whatever that means.
    I'm pretty sure this is a software bug, but B&N must have lousy QC
    to let it out in public.

    4. Changing any global settings clobbers whatever else you were
    doing. You have to start over again.

    5. It will connect to the internet via the Wi-Fi. However, YouTube
    videos are blurry. Some web page font sizes are microscopic --
    I suppose they're fixable, but I haven't discovered how yet.

    6. You can view jpgs and other pix. Zoom in by "un-pinching", which
    can cause parts of the magnified picture to disappear off the edge
    of the screen. You can never view these parts magnified. My Nokia
    handles this issue a lot better by producing scroll bars
    for 2D scrolling around the picture.

    THE UGLY

    The Nook Color is a cheaper, clunky gizmo that almost does
    what I want. The iPad is a better designed (and pricier) device
    that almost does what I want. Neither one is the tablet that
    I really want... which probably doesn't exist...

    SQ
     
    sean_q, Mar 27, 2011
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  2. sean_q

    Davoud Guest

    There is no "Nook Color vs iPad." "X v. Y" makes it sound as if two
    things are in competition with each other, but Nook and iPad are not
    competitors. One is a very nice book reader, the other is one of the
    most powerful computing devices yet to reach the hand of man.

    Davoud
     
    Davoud, Mar 27, 2011
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  3. "Comfortable size" depends upon what you want the size for. If it's
    only measured by small size, then it's not as "comfortable" as a
    phone. If it's measured by how big of a page can be comfortably
    read, the bigger screen is more comfortable.
    Yes.

    --
    "In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be found,
    than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace
    to the legislature, and not to the executive department."

    - James Madison
     
    Howard Brazee, Mar 27, 2011
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  4. sean_q

    sean_q Guest

    3a. The Nook respects subdirectories created in its main directories
    Oops. Only partly true. I discovered a serious shortcoming when
    viewing pictures (.JPG's etc). I copied 3 subdirectories
    to the "Photos" folder, but the Gallery mode (necessary for
    paging through a collection of pix) doesn't respect the sub folders;
    it makes one big gallery of ALL the pix. Well I could have hundreds
    or even thousands of them, especially with the microSD expansion
    memory. This is bad. And I haven't discovered a way to organize
    them into groups. Maybe I'll have to root the device and hope
    better apps are available. What a pain. Or maybe I can somehow create
    big ePub documents where each page is a picture.

    ps. the NC handles ePub formatted books better than PDF's.

    SQ
     
    sean_q, Mar 28, 2011
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