"A great product for reading, with a few annoying bugs."4.0 starson by Tombo_H
Pros: Easy to use.
User interface/home screens are cool and unique.
Good weight and thin (w/o cover)Good ebook store (Barnes and Noble) behind it.
Physical store to go to. With benefits (that don't work yet)
Cons: Sometimes the screen seems to be not a good sensitivity.
Home screens often glitch. I like how you can resize covers, but sometimes this feature glitches.
Very apt to smudge, especially is you have sweaty hands.
More in store not working thus far.
Summary: Ive been basically a life long fan of Barnes and Noble, and since the original nook came out I'd been thinking of getting one. The price was to high originally though, and I hadn't been reading as much lately. When I heard about the nook color, I got really excited, and couldn't wait for it to come out. I went and got it the day it came out. It's got me reading again, which also means spending a lot of money on books. At least most nook books/magazines are cheaper than physical books!
I would recomend this to someone who likes reading, especially is you like magazines and books. My experience with the newspapers has not been good. Some of the annoying glitches are that the screen slides on the homescreens and in magaines is not smooth at all. Overall I would say magazine reading is OK. Book reading is good, and the back light comes in handy, even though it destroys battery life. Using the internet is not a super smooth process, it seems slow to me. Sites are presented a you see them on a computer, not in mobile view, since the screen is an akward size for the internet. I experienced the same awkwardness on an iPad though.
I went into one of the Brick and Mortar stores to try out the more in store feature that they tout. Unfortunately, I was informed More in Store wasn't working too well, but it should be fixed when they update it. One thing I am glad about is that I know B&N will keep the updates coming, like we have seen with the original nook.
A main reason I like the nook over the kindle, besides being oyal to B&N is that you can load library books onto it. Unfortunately, these books aren't put with your other books, they are put in the files section. You also can't put the one your home screens, which irks me,, but is understandable. They want you to buy the nook books, not get them for free.
I have not experienced any eye strain from reading on an lcd screen, but i suppose if you read all day you might. I would probably reccomend the original nook to an elderly person, unless they are technologically inclined or and/or have strong eyes...
But once some screen responsiveness issues and other minor glitches are fixed (which we can count on through updates) I would say it is a really cool product that I would recommend.