Pros Clean interface, very responsive touch ui, comfortable form factor, excellent page turn speeds, expandable memory, price, battery life (allegedly two months ... we'll see)
Cons None that I can think of at this time
Summary I've owned the nook since it's first incarnation and still love and use the first generation device on a daily basis. When I saw this announced and tested I had to pick one up for myself and I have to say I couldn't be happier with its performance.Some thoughts after using the nook touch for a few months.
The nook touch does away with the extraneous features of the previous two nook devices. There is no audio file support, no app support (although one could argue app support for any of the nooks is largely absent), no color touch screen, and no 3g radio included. For me these changes are all pros as this version of the nook finally does away with all of the bells and whistles that I rarely, if ever used.
B&N have paired down the ereading experience to its bare essentials. What do I really want in an ereader? I want to be able to store every book that I may ever want to read. I want to be able to read the nook in any lighting conditions. I want the interface to be intuitive and smooth. I want a small form factor, shaped more like a traditional paperback, something that fits comfortably in my hand(s). I want the book buying experience to be quick and easy, and I want the actual reading experience to be seamless. I think that the nook touch delivers on all fronts, and I can't really heap enough praise on this device.
At the end of the day I'm sold on the nook touch because reading with it is such a pleasure. Whether sitting, standing, reclining, or lying down, resting the nook on a surface, holding it in your left or right hand, or holding it in both hands, this device is very comfortable to use. It's actually my favorite, hands down, of the three nook devices on the market today ... and my favorite ereader bar none.
So the bottom line:
The nook touch is an amazing monotasking device. One would be hard pressed to find another dedicated ereader that comes close to its performance. If you're more interested in a multitasking device, considering buying a tablet, or feel that the lack of 3g connectivity is something you can't live without ... then by all means pass on this. If you want an ereader for reading books, and reading books only, then this is definitely the device for you.
Updated on Sep 20, 2011
1: I have a library of 404 books currently stored on my nook and at this time the nook's internal memory is already full. You should get a decent sized memory card if you don't already have a spare one sitting around. I'm using a 4gb card (3.67 usable) and it still has 3.37 gb available ... keep in mind that most of the 311 MB of used space is being taken up by my own personal sideloaded content.
2: Sifting through my library is a bit of hassle. The problem is that in text view mode, the nook only displays five titles at once. In cover view mode that number is upped to six, this seems backwards. I'd like to view ten or more items per page.
3. You cannot create bookshelves on this device, you have to use your pc or another nook device to set these up. Seems like an oversight.
Aside from the memory issue, these are just nitpicks. Reading on this device is as great as ever, and the battery life is amazing.
Pros Works well.
Good battery life,
Easy to use.
Cons Books you download from B&N may not be readable on the Nook Touch.
Summary Beware of what you order and download for the Nook Touch. Some of the downloaded books simply are not readable on the device. And cannot be reformatted (type, margins, etc.). My 8 year old granddaughter asked me to download a book with the title "Meet Me in Horrorwood" (no kidding). I did that and then found that she could not read it because the type was very tiny and could not be enlarged. Also, the text lines extended only about 60% across the screen and the excess margins could not be made smaller.
Nook Support was no help at all. They said I could not "return" the book for credit, though I had not asked to do that. I did ask that they flag books which were not suitable for viewing on the Nook Touch, and they did not respond to that.
So, in short, you can download from B&N books which you cannot view on the Nook Touch, and you're stuck with the cost even though you cannot use them. And that, I think, is inexcusable.
Pros Size, design, grippable surface, great contrast, excellent battery life, no crappy keyboard, no added junk.
Cons 3g would be nice, but not a dealbreaker.
Summary I love this reader because it's a reader. It doesn't want me to play Angry Birds, or get angry because the internet is dead and I can't check my email or update my facebook status. All it does is act like a book, a bookshelf, and a bookstore. This is our first dedicated reader and I really like the simplicity. Well done, BN.
Pros The size of a large paperback book. Light. Easy to hold for long periods of time. Easy on the eyes. Fun to use in the Store.
Cons None if you are looking for a book replacement. (some would say - no 3G, no audio but I don't want those)
Summary I never would get an eReader because they were too big and bulky. My impression of what an electronic book would be is..... and electronic book. Not an MP3 player, not a web browser, not a large device.
I had no intention of buying an eReader until I saw this. It is the perfect size - the size of a large paperback book and is very light. So I ordered it.... two days later I got it in the mail.
Then I fell in love with it - it is soooo easy to use. The menus are very intuitive and easy to navigate. The screen is so clear and crisp. Direct sunlight? No problem!
The only issue I have is that it is not backlit - so you have to get a mini-light to see it. But you have to do the same with a book.
Get this if you want a small, easy to use device for a good price.
Pros The touch screen is completely responsive, the pearl eInk has really nice clarity, the device is totally portable at under 7.5 ounces, and there are over 1.8 million free titles when I searched. This is especially great because it is compatible with my pu
Cons I haven't found one yet.
Summary Barnes & Noble really knocked this one out of the park. The Kindle has the same display but the NOOK made it a touch screen. With the NOOK, I can buy books from any open domain site and I'm not locked into a proprietary contract like with Amazon. I can also borrow books from my library! This is the same screen technology that Sony is charging double for and the user interface of the NOOK is way more intuitive. If you are in the market for an eReader dedicated to reading, this is the way to go 100%. Besides all of that, you can walk into a store and actually try one.