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Barnes and Noble Nook Review: A Promising Newcomer in the Ereader Market

29 March 2011 No Comment

Introduced to the public in October of 2009, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, one of the latest handheld ereaders available today, was seen as a probable candidate to dethrone the Amazon Kindle from its dominance in the ereader industry. What has it got that makes it a serious challenger This Nook review explores a few of the most notable features of this ebook reader.

Size and Display

First off, the basic specs. The Nook’s surface dimensions are fairly standard. It is 7.7 inches long, 4.9 inches wide, 0.5-inch thick, and has a weight of 11.2 ounces. It’s about the same size as the 2nd generation Kindle – only thicker and a bit more heavy. The device also comes with a 6-inch screen that uses e-ink technology with 16 shades of gray, and some choices for font style and size.

But what undoubtedly gives it a wow factor that’s not present on most ebook readers today is its 3.5-inch capacitive color touchscreen. Located just below the e-ink screen, the LCD screen replaces the typical keyboard and buttons used for choosing ebooks and navigating within the ereader and the text itself.

More Noteworthy Features

The Nook is equipped with 2GB of internal storage and a micro-SD expansion slot so it’s easy to allocate more memory as may be needed. The ebook gadget also comes with a replaceable lithium ion battery pack, 3G connection using the AT&T network, WiFi connectivity, MP3 player, speakers, and a dictionary so you can effortlessly look up unfamiliar words.

Other Nook features which are completely unique from other ebook readers are the book lending and store browsing capabilities. As the name implies, book lending refers to being able to lend out an ebook in your library to another ereader user for a maximum duration of 14 days. The in-store browsing feature, on the other hand, means having the option to look over full ebooks at no cost in brick-and-mortar Barnes & Noble outlets.

Where the Nook Could Improve

This Nook assessment wouldn’t be thorough enough if we don’t bring up some of the concerns expressed by current Nook users. One is the absence of web browsing capability despite its WiFi connectivity. Another serious issue is the Nook’s shorter battery life in comparison to other ereaders. Barnes & Noble says it could last about 7 to 10 days with the WiFi deactivated, but for actual users, 4 to 5 days is more like it.

Considering the Nook’s advanced features and Barnes & Noble’s innovative services, the Nook could have a big impact on the ereader market. But as this Nook review points out, you’ll still find a number of modifications that have to be made, for the device to really take off in a big way.

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