Beautiful e-ink screen
Cons Touch screen is not as intuitive as most smart phones.
My device froze every five minutes (or less)
Nook Books are more expensive than the paperbacks
Horrible customer service experience
Summary I received my Nook one morning, placed it in a protective cover and plugged it in according to directions. Several hours later I pulled it off the charger and purchased a new book using the B&N site. Within five minutes the touch screen was no longer responding. After a few more minutes, the physical buttons quit responding. I rebooted the Nook hoping for better results, but again within minutes my touch screen quit working.
I contacted customer support and was transferred to tech support. The tech rep was unfamiliar with the product, and I was put on hold 12 times. Eventually he received authorization to allow me to return the Nook. As it ends up I have to pay the return shipping cost, and a refund will take 3-4 weeks from the time they receive the device. Further, they will not allow the accessories to be returned if you have broken the shrink wrap (i.e. $50 in accessories down the drain).
In the future I will go with Kindle due to Amazon's customer friendly service policies.
Pros Touch screen
Excellent battery life
Sized well for pockets or purses
The gestures are pretty intuitive
The functionality of ePub books is very good
The device is able to use books from other sources who use ePub or PDF format (library or other source
Cons The on-board memory capacity is 236MB (!)
Menu / keyboard items are not scalable
No parental filters / controls
No on board method to manage files or memory usage
The small screen size decreases reading continuity at larger text sizes; no ability to v
Summary I own a Kindle and a NOOK Touch. As I inventory the features, the NOOK seems to be superior. The reason is fundamentally that the navigation is made supremely more intuitive with the touch screen. The on-screen keyboard / menu items are actually useful to the consumers who really could benefit from these devices more than anyone: the elderly. The keyboard, being onscreen, is highly readable, though there is no adjustment for typeface variation or size to resolve reading difficulty, which seems to render other accommodations for the visually impaired redundant. What use is it to adjust the text inside the book, if it is difficult to read the menu and to navigate to the book in the first place? Though it is worth saying again, all items are indeed highly readable even without the adjustment capacity on the menu / keyboard levels. It is an improvement over the Kindle, which has the same weakness compounded with the static keyboard with low-contrast printed letters thereupon, and a more complicated menu system.
When looking through the documentation that accompanies the device, and at BN.com, there is absolutely NO mention of the built-in memory whatsoever. 236MB is not a good selling point, but I find this evasive to completely hide this attribute from the consumer until having the device in hand and navigating the settings. It tarnishes my opinion of Barnes & Noble. Were it not for the overall superiority of this device over others, I would question whether or not to do business with them. That said, the "offense" is offset in part because I feel that most folks who would consider owning this device will already have a memory expansion on hand, probably left over after upgrading from early models of smartphones or cameras.
There is no way to set the "default" storage to your memory expansion. The only method I have discovered to direct how memory is utilized without hacking the device is by connecting / synchronizing with a computer and manually placing files in the preferred locations.
What really sold me on this device was the touch screen, intuitive / simple menu system, and its ability to use books borrowed from the library. The menus and on-screen keyboard functions, and the basic functions were learned within 2 weeks by my very elderly great-aunt. She had never before used a similar computerized device, though the learning curve is similar to that of a microwave oven. I believe this speaks well to the design team, though indicates room for improvement.
I would consider buying this device again given the offerings on the market now.
Pros Long battery life, light and thin, fast page turns.
Cons Occasionally locks up. Touch screen becomes unresponsive and once reader goes to sleep, will not unlock. Reader must be rebooted. B&N support doesn't acknowledge the problem.
B&N support: "It is helpful from time to time to restart it to reset th
Summary Don't know if I'd be happier with one of Amazon's readers (still no ePub?), but their support has been much better from past experience.
Pros -Light Weight
-Small (able to fit in purse)
-Easy on the Eyes
-Very very long battery life
-Great Customer Services at the Barnes & Noble Store. I originally bought the Nook Simple Touch (tablet), but returned it with no hassle whatsoever (including t
Cons -Fix the hidden browser and make it work, because it would be nice to switch from reading about something to finding more information about it on the internet.
-If I were buying today, I may get a new Kindle touch because of the price.
Summary I am the the type of person who exhaustively researches online for which is the best product for me to buy. When I decided to try an ereader, I settled on the Nook Simple Touch, but returned it and got a Nook Touch instead.
Some problems with the Simple Touch I saw in reviews:
-I read for at least an hour at a time, and I could NOT get used to the backlight on the screen. I would always see the slightest hint of the screen refreshing/flickering. It made my eyes really really tired to read on, and I couldn't get used to it. I didn't think this would be a problem, as others said it was in the reviews, but it was.
-It is heavy. Because I read for a long time, my hands really got fatigued holding the tablet up like a book. Seems like it's crazy, but it really is about as heavy as a dictionary. Which, if you are a casual reader, fine... but after hours? It gets annoying, and inflames the carpal tunnel! :)
-It is not a good tablet computer replacement. Just get an iPad, iPod Touch, or other Android tablet for that. You will have WAY more apps, and an operating system that is as fast as you would expect it to be.
Things about the Nook Touch I read in reviews, but don't find a problem; and other things I like about ereaders I didn't expect to:
-"Ghosting"? There is no problem with this at all. You can see slight "ghost" images before the paper refreshes itself, but it is so slight. If you are OK with reading paperbacks, even the ghosted text is clearer than paperback.
-I love that the tablet lays flat. I realized after I got the nook that I really hate it when a book doesn't lay/open flat. (I'm a spine breaker on my books.) This is always flat, so I can lay however I want, and it will stay on my page.
-You can get library books.
-I live in a rural area, and a good bookstore is a 50 minute drive from me. I save time and gas by using the nook store to get books.
-Flipping pages is not annoying or slow at all.
-If you are at all inclined to bring it places with you, get an ereader that is very light, and very small. You can always make the text bigger.
Pros Great reader for low price, Responsive touch screen, lightweight & comfortable to hold, long battery, e ink pearl,
Cons No onboard method to manage files, No landscape mode, limited number of file formats, doesn't hande Adobe Acrobat files well.
Summary I've had this reader for almost 2 weeks & I'm very pleased with it. I purchased it directly from a B&N Bookstore & bought the 2 year protection plan. I have been reading eBooks on a Palm TX since 2007 using mobi/prc files. I liked the small size & ease of use provided by the touch screen on my Palm & was not finding anything that I would spend money on to replace it. I purchased an Aztak Pocket Pro last year but was very disappointed with the eink screen and the cumbersome navigation.
2 weeks ago my Palm broke & I was forced to find a new eReader. After reading a few reviews and trying out the demo in the store I decided on the Simple Touch. The touch screen is great! Very responsive! There are also imbedded buttons to turn pages as well. The pearl e-ink is very clear & easy on the eyes. I like that the screen refreshes every 6 pages or so with very little or no shadowing. My eyes had a hard time with the black screen flash on every page turn with my Pocket Pro. I did have one occasion where the shadowing was really bad. I fixed it by turning the screen saver on & off, I think it might have had something to do with the Adobe Acrobat file I was reading. Adobe Acrobat files are not as easy to read as epub files on the Simple Touch.
I considered the Nook Color, but changed my mind as soon as I picked it up, way to heavy. The Simple Touch is very light and easy to hold with one hand.(I have small hands) I would like to see a Landscape mode added. It would also be nice to have a night mode so I can read while waiting for my kids to fall asleep.
One drawback is that there is no onboard method to manage files/memory use. I would like the option to have books listed by Title only w/out the Author name so there are more books listed on a page. A few reviewers had to replace their nook several times & I hope that they just received a lemon. So far no freezing or any other issues.