What’s the Best Ebook Reader? The Nook Vs Kindle For 2010

It was a battle of the eBook readers for the holiday season in 2009, the Nook and Kindle 2 being two of the most popular models available. It makes sense to check in on how they are stacking up against each other now that the Nook has been out for a few months and has received some customer feedback.

The Nook Early Struggles:

Not In Stock? When the Nook was released in November, the public seemed to embrace the new eBook reader, and immediately sold out Barnes and Noble’s entire stock. Few actually got the Nook before the holidays. Most had to wait until January or February to get their devices. It seemed Barnes and Noble played a little on the safe side.

Dual Screen Navigation Issues? Immediately after release, it became apparent for some that there were issues with the Dual Screens. Firstly, many found the navigation confusing with the small color screen and upper reading screen. There seemed to be too many ways to navigate to certain content for some critics.

Time learning the device helps navigation, but it couldn’t help that the upper screen would “time out” while the lower screen was “thinking”, making you restart from the beginning of what you wanted to do.

Nook Vs. Kindle for 2010:

Barnes and Noble has since updated the device to fi kindle text to speech android x known issues. The product is in stock for quick delivery and many people seem to like the product.

The Kindle 2 and Nook are very similar devices in many respects.

  1. Same in price.
  2. Same reading screens (E-Ink Technology)
  3. Same default memory (2 GB)
  4. Similar Size
  5. Similar Weight (Kindle is slightly lighter)

The Nook Differences…

  1. Allows Lending capability- You can lend out your books to other Nook owners (or app owners) for up to 2 weeks. You can’t use the eBook in that time that you are lending it.
  2. Uses Android software- Allowing the use of Applications on the Nook.
  3. Access to more public domain books for free.
  4. Color navigation touch screen- You can scroll through book covers in color. This has been reported as slowing the eBook reader compared to the Kindle 2.

The Kindle 2 Differences…

  1. International Wireless Usage- You can use the eBook reader in over 100 countries at the moment.
  2. Text-to-Speech- This is a feature that has a voice read the book to you.
  3. Push Button Navigation of Content.
  4. The Kindle is slightly lighter at 10.2 ounces vs 12.1 ounces for the Nook.

You can see that the two devices are very similar except for a few key features. The Nook has the color-touch screen, whereas the Kindle 2 is push-button technology, and the Nook does not offer International coverage unlike the Kindle 2.

So Who’s the Winner?

It seems that the Nook’s special features are quickly becoming a chain around the devices neck. The color-touch screen has proven to cause slow navigation, and where’s the “Apps” that are talked about so much? How will they even be used, and will anyone care?

With the iPad coming out soon, the Nook starts to look like a confused device.


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