"I like this convenient device, but where's the MEMORY?"3.5 starson by PapaEJangles
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.