Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Apr 2011 22:15 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "We've been waiting for this day: our little reader would finally become a big boy tablet - without having to resort to any sort of hackery. We knew it was coming and, as of now, owners of the Barnes & Noble Nook Color should be receiving notices that their devices are ready to drop those training wheels and run some proper apps. Flash web browsing, downloads, games, e-mail, it's all here."
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Not necessary for an e-reader
by eric_niebler on Tue 26th Apr 2011 03:51 UTC
eric_niebler
Member since:
2005-06-29

Call me a Luddite, but one of the things I like best about the Kindle is that it doesn't do those things. I can pull the plug, cut the cord, curl up with a good book or a white paper, and actually read.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

....and you can still do that

and without paying anything extra, you can ALSO do lots of other things IF YOU CHOOSE to do so

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

....and you can still do that

and without paying anything extra, you can ALSO do lots of other things IF YOU CHOOSE to do so


I don't see it like that at all. The nook color is a budget tablet, which is fine if that's what you want. The kindle is an actual ebook reader. A device with an LCD screen is not in the same league as a device with a proper sunlight-readable screen. Sure you can read a book on an LCD screen, but that's no better than a laptop. I don't see the attraction of the nook. It's an inferior tablet compared to the iPad or Xoom, and it's an inferior book reading device compared to the Kindle. It does a bit of everything, but I wouldn't be satisfied with either.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

My problem with the Kindle is actually that it does too little for its price.

I'm very interested in an A4-sized reading-centric device, as reading on a 96dpi flashy LCD screen kills my eyes. However, paying the price of an equivalently-sized laptop is not okay, considering that this device does exactly one thing while the versatility of a laptop makes it the center of my everyday work ;)

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

They’re only £111 here in the UK. That's half the price of a netbook. It might not do everything, but the ops point was that everything is not what you always want.

That’s like buying an SUV just to drive to the shops and back. It’s unnecessary and it just bogs you down. The last thing I want when I’m reading is the Internet just being 'there', yearning to be looked at. Update notifications flashing, e-mail coming in. An endless stream of distractions. That’s not an environment conducive to reading.

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