Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Barnes and Noble Color Nook

I've been interested in getting two things. One is a decent Android based touch tablet and the other is a portable reader (I'm tired of dragging the laptop into the bathroom ;-)). I actually do a lot of reading so I thought an e-reader would be more comfortable than a laptop. So far I've been correct in that assumption. :-). I'm more or less happy with the Nook. It's easy to read. I dislike that I don't have certain apps such as weather or a calculator. The touch display is just okay. It's slow to react and there appears to be no way to adjust that. Sorry I am extremely impatient and I have no tolerance for waiting (it runs at 800 MHz for Pete's sake). My AT&T Samsung Galaxy Android phone has a much more responsive interface than the Nook. But the larger Nook screen is much easier to read. Another reason to buy the Nook is that I can hack and add apps or upgrade to a different OS. I will keep the hacking to a minimum as I just a few apps added and I really want to keep the reader as a reader (I have ebooks on ANTLR, AI, Groovy, Android, ZigBee and several magazines to read plus I may be able to use this to get to read the technical documents I have to read for work.). I will be putting the Nook to some pretty heavy use. I think I already see several things I want improved. More on that later as I just upgraded to 1.3 of the Nook OS.

Well I've immediately run into unusual problems and I've just as quick found out why (I searched the for the answer/problem before I dealt with the tech support folks). Seems I have a few troublesome epub files (I've figured out how to load my documents on the Nook). One is the collected works of Mark Twain epub file. In that file there are some corrupted images. That file completely locks up the reader app. My other files (such as PDFs and other epub files) are okay though the lack of some kind of bookmark for the makes it hard to remember where I was reading last. I'm looking up bookmarks as I type this. :-)

Okay so I've found the web browser, I've found the email and, of course, I've found the reader. I'd like to see a weath app, a chat app, a scientific calculator and some kind of note taking app to go along with it. In fact having a note taking/drawing app in the reader would be nice. I've yet to see anyone come up with a method of dealing with notes that I've found satisfactory but I am still looking. For now it's my note book as I can drawa and scrible much quicker than in any computer program. If I need it on the computer I can take it to a copier for that and save it in a suitable format.


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