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David Pogue Gives Thumb-Down for the Nook

December 10, 2009

David Pogue said, “Not Yet the Season for the Nook“, in a review in New York Times.

Despite of many the same things between Amazon’s Kindle and B&N’s Nook, e.g. price, frame, 6” E-Ink screen and cellular connection etc, there are some differences, as claimed by B&N:

  • LoanMe feaure
  • Wi-Fi
  • A catalog of one million titles
  • A beautiful color touch screen

Well, Kindle doesn’t have the first two features and don’t have one million titles for Kindle on Amazon site. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot get those extra title shown in B&N elsewhere (just use AddAll ebook search).

As for the color touch screen, ah, that’s one of the two main complaints from David Pogue. The other is “the Nook’s half-baked software”. Quote of David’s saying:

To use the technical term, it’s slower than an anesthetized slug in winter.

And it’s buggy. …

Despite of some hardware advantages on the Nook, David considers Kindle as a better machine (“faster, thinner, lighter and much easier to figure out”).

From this and the preview reviews, it seems that we can wait until the Nook 2 is out, with all the bugs resolved. 😉 I’m sure that there will be other players coming into the market soon.

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