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When the Nook was first announced a year ago, Barnes & Noble promised that it would push over-the-air updates to enhance the eReader's functionality. Since that time there have been at least three major firmware updates that have not only added new apps and upgrades, but have also significantly improved the Nook's speed. On top of improving performance, the bookseller also dropped the device's price to $199 (from $259) and released an even less expensive Wi-Fi only version ($149). In our original review, we praised the hardware but wished for speedier software. Now that we have both and a lower price, we've decided to revisit the Nook and give it a second look.We're mostly fans of the Nook's dual-display concept--a standard 6-inch E Ink screen above a 3.5 x 1-inch LCD--as it allows for a more robust feature set. The half-inch thick white plastic bezel that frames the two displays is slick and smooth except for slightly matte areas where the Next/Previous page turn buttons are. The only other physical button on the Nook is the power/sleep control on top. The stylized n between the two displays serves as a capacitive Home button. Two small speakers flank the headphone jack and miniUSB port on the bottom.
The Barnes & Noble Nook (Wi-Fi) is the cheapest model in Barnes & Noble's ebook reader lineup, along with the upcoming Nook Color and the Nook (3G + Wi-Fi). Nearly everything is the same on the Wi-Fi + 3G and Wi-Fi-only versions, with a couple of minor tweaks - read our Barnes & Noble Nook (3G + Wi-Fi) review for plenty more on the Nook. Most notably tweaked is the price: the Nook (Wi-Fi) is only $149, placing it firmly within range of the budget-minded buyer. A couple of things are changed on the Wi-Fi only version. First, the back of the Nook is white, instead of the gray on the Wi-Fi and 3G model. Personally, I like the white better - it's the same color as the front panel, and makes for a sleeker and more attractive device. It's also a hair lighter, weighing in at 11.6 ounces to the 3G version's 12.1. Otherwise, the two devices are cosmetically identical. Functionally, the lack of 3G changes a few things about how the Nook is used. The absence of 3G, which allows wireless downloading of books and browsing the Web from anywhere there's cell phone service, means that downloading periodicals, books, and Web pages is only possible where there's a Wi-Fi connection.
Already boasting some capabilities not available in its rival Kindle e-reader, Barnes & Noble's Nook ($259 direct) now goes even further to widen the gap. Nook not only offers double the book selection (one million versus Amazon's 500,000), and a color, touch screen display, but it also supports the open EPUB format, Wi-Fi access (the Kindle only can use its own 3G network), and a Micro SD memory expansion slot rounds out the Nook's advantages. On top of that, the new 1.3 firmware upgrade adds a web browser, games, and much-needed faster page turning to make the Nook an even more compelling e-book reader. The most important feature of any e-book reader is its screen, and the Nook's 6-inch electronic ink display features 16 levels of gray just like the screen on Amazon's Kindle. One complaint about the Nook compared with the Kindle has been its slower page turning screen refresh. On the original Nook, page turning took twice as long as page turning on the Kindle - two seconds compared to one second. With the 1.3 firmware update, it's about a tenth of a second slower than the Kindle, but the difference is negligible. View Slideshow See all slides More The 11.2-ounce Nook doesn't look all that different from the Kindle, either.
More than two years after the release of Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble finally launched its competing eBook store and an eReader to go with it. The $259 Nook’s sleek design and unique dual screens will make Amazon-weary consumers sit up and pay attention. But while the device has a lot going for it, including a huge selection of eBooks already available, the Nook has some kinks to work out before it can knock the Kindle off its perch. Measuring just 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches, the Nook is noticeably smaller than the Kindle 2. However, it’s a bit heavier, weighing 12.1 ounces to the Kindle’s 10.2 ounces. The Nook’s design is economical and streamlined, owing mainly to the 0.6-inch bezel around the 6.0-inch electronic paper display (EPD) and the 3.5-inch color touchscreen below it. Aside from the Next/Last Page buttons on either side of the display, the only physical button on the Nook is the power/sleep control on top. Two small speakers flank the headphone jack and mini-USB port on the bottom. The back of the device feels slightly rubbery and keeps the Nook from sliding too much on smooth surfaces.
In our review of the Barnes & Noble Nook we learn that the Nook has a few tricks up its sleeve that set it apart from the Amazon Kindle. But can a few tricks compensate for its late entry into the e-reader market? 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. Luckily enough, retail bookselling giant Barnes & Noble was able to get into the game just in the nick of time with their new Nook eBook player, which goes straight for Jeff Bezos and co.’s throat. Thankfully, as the device proves in the face of mounting competition, there is still room in the category for alternate players, and plenty of space left for improvements in this emerging technology. As we quickly discovered, the Barnes & Noble nook has a few tricks up its sleeve and gives the Kindle a run for its money – read on to discover precisely how. The look of the Nook is not much different than the Amazon Kindle. Both measure in at about 8 by 5 inches and both come with 2GB of internal memory, although the Nook is a tad bit heavier and noticeably thicker. That’s where the cosmetic similarities end, however.
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