"Great concept, but overall frustrating."2.0 starson by AaronB_C
Pros: It has an attractive design yet feels quite solid in my hands. The features seem pretty useful, and the overall controls are very intuitive.
Cons: Sluggish, unresponsive, to the point where I was ultimately dissatisfied with the product. Problems with initial setup, some features, and connecting to my Barns & Noble account.
Summary: Attempting to be more of a laptop than I would have thought an E-Reader to be, the novel managed to disappoint me on both fronts. Ignoring for now the conventional functions of the E-Reader; the browser, email access and other interconnecting features stopped just short of being useful. Sitting only feet from my wireless router, websites loaded slowly, and many were simply nonfunctional. The built-in email feature took much too long to load my inbox, and then made organizing, deleting, and other interactions more of a pain than anything. The prepackaged video samples made the product seem more than adequate for that purpose, but I was unable to view any videos online.
Being an avid reader, which is what inspired my parents to buy me this as a gift, I was excited to try out an actual E-Reader for the first time. I booted up a prepackaged book (The Last of the Mohicans) to get an idea of what the reading with an E-Reader was like. The book took a few seconds to load, and then presented my with the cover. Flipping through the first few pages of copyright information, blank pages and the like, I quickly came across a couple problems. My eyes began to hurt simply turning these first few pages, a sensation I normally only get after hours of staring at my laptop. This I fixed partially by first turning down the brightness of the novel, and eventually a bit more by turning on the ?night mode?, which turned the background black and the text white. The second problem I had was with the page turning, which was slow and sometimes difficult to do with the unresponsive touchpad, disrupting the flow of my reading. While this may be a feature added in to make the experience seem more natural, when I am into a book I burn through it voraciously, and any pause or disruption can become annoying fast.
I got this product for my birthday, and as my first E-Reader I was quite excited to try it out. This excitement waned quickly. The overall and global problem with the product, its sluggishness. Every response was delayed, to the point where I would be unsure if the product was actually going to respond at all. This lead me to several times overshooting the place I had intended to stop on a webpage or turning pages multiple times on accident.
I also seemed to have trouble with setting up almost every feature, from the intitial setup and onward. Ultimately, unable to connect to my Barns & Noble account through the E-Reader, and being frustrated with the speed of the web browsing, I hooked it up to my laptop with the hope that I would be able to solve some of the problems a little more quickly. While hooked up, the novel is apparently unusable. I began to browse the internet for some free ebooks to read later, and eventually found and got caught up in Gullivers Travels. After reading a couple of chapters, I remembered why I was online in the first place. I looked over the the novel sitting on the shelf beside my laptop, and realized that would be exactly where it stayed. Too large to fit into a pocket, my laptop would take precedence in any situation where the novel might be useful. I'm glad I kept the packaging fairly intact, as I will be returning it tomorrow.
Verdict: While it shows promise, it fails to deliver. If you want an E-Book, I suggest you look elsewhere. If you are interested in some of the other functions, I would suggest saving yourself some frustration and passing as well.