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Kindle vs. Nook (updated 6/2/2011)
By Ron Cronovich
When I wrote this review last August, there was only one Nook, which is now called “Nook First Edition.” It proceeds to be available, but there are two new Nooks. The Nook Color was introduced last fall – it’s basically a tablet computer, and runs the Android software that is usual on some smartphones nowadays. It’s twice as heavy and costs twice as much as a Kindle, but equated to other tablet computers, it is a very good value.
And now (early June 2011), a new e-ink based Nook is coming out. It’s called the “Nook Simple Touch.” It is just now starting to ship, so evidently I don’t have one and can’t tell you anything with regards to it that you can’t learn by reading online reviews. But the reviews are very favorable, so if you’re taking into account a Kindle, you ought to take a look at the new Nook Simple Touch, too.
But the Kindle is nevertheless still a compelling option. It’s a mature product, very well designed and easy to use, performance is very zippy, it’s competitively priced, and no e-ink based reader has a better, more readable display than the Kindle, not even the new Nook Simple Touch. Also, the Kindle universe is rather extensive: the Kindle store is outstanding and has a heap of thousands of free e-books as well as good deals on most other e-books, and once purchased, you may read your Kindle books on almost any device you own (computer, phone, tablet), not just your Kindle. And there are tons of outstanding cases and other accessaries for the Kindle.
So, while my review compares the Kindle to the older Nook, I’ll leave it here because it has a ton of info with regards to the Kindle, a outstanding e-reader that deserves your attention, and because the basi Nook proceeds to be available. That said, I urge you to NOT buy the introductory Nook. It was a respectable e-reader when it came out in 2009, and still had a great deal of value when I wrote with regards to it in August 2010, but it is distinctly inferior by today’s standards.
———— my introductory review ————–
If you’re attempting to choose among a Nook and a Kindle, perhaps I may help. My wife and I have owned a Nook (the firstborn one), a Kindle 2, and a Kindle DX. When Amazon declared the Kindle 3 this summer, we pre-ordered two Kindle 3′s: the wi-fi only model in graphite, and the wi-fi + 3G model in white. They arrived in late August and we have applied them very steadily since then. For us, Kindle is better than Nook, but Nook is a good device with it is own vantages that I will talk about below. I’ll end this review with a few words in regards to the Nook Color.
First, reasons why we prefer the Kindle:
In our experience, the Kindle is very zippy equated to the Nook. Page refresh speed (the time it takes a new page to appear after you push the page-turn button) was WAY quicker on Kindle 2 than on Nook, and it’s rapidly and without delay yet on Kindle 3. Yet, I read a whole book on the Nook and didn’t find the slower page refresh to be annoying – you get used to it, and it’s not a problem.
For me, the more primary speed divergence worries navigation – moving the cursor around the screen, for example to pick a book from your library, or to jump to a chapter by selecting it in the table of contents. On Kindle, you do this by pushing a 5-way rocker button, and the cursor moves very quickly. On Nook, you do this by activating the color LCD touchscreen (which commonly shuts off when not in use, to conserve battery). A “virtual rocker button” appears on the screen, and you touch it to move the cursor. Unfortunately, the Nook cursor moves very sluggishly. This might not be a big deal to you, but it genuinely got annoying to me, exceptionally since my wife’s Kindle was so quick and responsive.
In November 2010, Nook got a software upgrade that increments page refresh speed and makes navigation more responsive. I returned my Nook months ago, so I can not tell you if the Nook’s performance is now equivalent to the Kindle’s, but Nook owners in the remarks division have convinced me that the software update improves the experience of using the Nook. If performance is a huge factor in your decision, visit a Best Buy and compare Kindle and Nook side by side.
* Screen contrast
You’ve seen Amazon’s claims that the Kindle 3 e-ink has 50% better contrast than Kindle 2 or other e-ink devices. I have no way of incisively measuring the betterment in contrast, but I may tell you that the Kindle 3 display unquestionably has more contrast than Kindle 2 or Nook. The divergence is noticeable, and important: more screen contrast means less eyestrain when reading in poorly lit rooms.
In well-lit rooms, the Nook and Kindle 2 have sufficient contrast to concede for comfortable reading. But I oftentimes read in low-light conditions, like in bed at night, or in a poorly lit room. In these situations, reading on Nook or Kindle 2 was a bit uncomfortable and oftentimes gave me a mild headache. When I got the Kindle 3, the extra contrast was without delay noticeable, and made it more comfortable to read beneath less-than-ideal lighting conditions. (If you go with a Nook, just make sure you have a good reading lamp nearby.)
* Battery life
The Nook’s color LCD touch screen drains it is battery speedily – I could never get more than 5 days out of a charge. The Kindle 2 had longer battery life than the Nook, and Kindle 3 has even longer life: in the 3 months since we received our Kindle 3′s, we distinctively get 3 weeks of battery life among charges. (We keep wireless off regarding half the time to save battery power.)
Nook weighs with regards to 3 ounces more than the new Kindle, and you may genuinely feel the difference. Without a case, Nook is still light sufficient to hold in one hand for long reading sessions without fatigue. But in a case, Nook is a heavy sucker. The new Kindle 3 is so light, even in a case, we find it comfortable keeping in one hand for long reading sessions.
Reasons galore humans might prefer the Nook:
* In-store experience
If you need help with your nook, you may take it to any barnes and noble and get a real humane to help. You may take your nook into the coffee shop division of your local B&N store and read any book for free for up to one hour per day. When you take your nook to B&N, a good deal of in-store special deals and the occasional free book pop up on your screen.
* User-replaceable battery
Rechargeable batteries finally lose their capacity to hold a charge. Nook’s battery is user-replaceable and comparatively inexpensive. To replace Kindle’s battery, Amazon wants you to ship your Kindle to Amazon, and they will ship you back a DIFFERENT Kindle than the one you sent (it’s the same model, for example if you send a white Kindle 3, you get a white Kindle 3 back, but you get a “refurbished” one, NOT the precise one you sent them). I don’t like this at all.
However, assorted people have posted remarks here that have eased my concerns. Someone looked up stats on the Kindle’s battery and did a great deal of simple calculations to show that it will have to last for 3 or more years. Before that happens, I will surely have upgraded to a newer Kindle model by then. Also, an individual found a lot of companies that trade Kindle batteries at reasonable cost and have how-to videos that demonstrate how we may replace the battery ourselves. Doing this would void the Kindle’s warranty, but the battery will in all probability not fail until long after the warranty expires.
[update June 2011: The batteries in the Nook Color and Nook Simple Touch are not replaceable, but the battery in the introductory Nook is.]
Nook uses the ePub format, a widely used open format. Amazon uses a proprietary ebook format. Many libraries will “lend” ebooks in the ePub format, which works with nook but not kindle. However, a free and reputable program called Calibre allows you to translate ebooks from one format to another – it supports a great deal of formats, including ePub and Kindle. The only catch is that it doesn’t work with copy-protected ebooks, so you can’t, for example, buy a Kindle book (which is copy protected) and translate it to ePub so you may read it on a Nook.
* Nook’s color LCD touchscreen
The primary Nook has a little color LCD screen on the bottom for navigation. This could be a pro or con, depending on your preferences. It makes the Nook hipper and less drab than Kindle. Some persons take delight in using the color LCD to view their library or navigate. I did, at first. But after two weeks of use, and comparings with my wife’s Kindle, I found the consecrated buttons of the Kindle having little impact and far more immediate to use than the Nook’s color touchscreen. I also found the bright light from the color screen distracting when I was attempting to read a book or newspaper (though when not in use, it shuts off after a minute or so to conserve battery).
* expandable capacity
Nook comes with 2GB of internal memory. If you need more capacity, you may insert a microSD card to add up to 16GB more memory. Kindle comes with 4GB of internal memory – twice as much as Nook – but there’s no way to exaggerate that. Kindle doesn’t receive memory cards of any type. If you principally use your device to read ebooks and newspapers, this shouldn’t be an issue. I have over 100 books on my Kindle, and I’ve used only a tiny fraction of the memory. Once Kindle’s memory fills up, just delete books you don’t need prompt access to; you may always restore them later, in seconds, for free.
A few other notes:
Kindle and Nook have other features, such as an MP3 player and a web browser, but I caution you to have low expected values for these features. The MP3 player on the Kindle is like the first-generation iPod shuffle – you can’t see what song is playing, and you can’t navigate to other songs on your device. I don’t like the browser on either device; e-ink is just not a good technology for surfing the web; it’s slower and clunkier than LCD screen technology, so even the browser on an Android phone or iPod touch is more gratifying to use. However, numerous commenters have more favorable views of either device’s browser, and you might, too.
* ebook lending
If you have a Nook or a Kindle, you may “lend” an ebook you purchased to someone else with the same device for up to two weeks. The Nook has always had this feature. The Kindle just got this feature as of December 2010. Most but not all purchased ebooks are lendable, due to publisher restrictions.
* PDF aid
Kindle and Nook both handle PDF files, but in dissimilar ways. When you put a PDF file on your nook, nook converts it into an ebook-like file, then you may adjust the font size, and the text and pagination will adjust just like with any ebook. But you cannot see the basi PDF file in the native format in which it was created. Kindle 3 and Kindle DX have native support for PDF files. You may see PDF files just as they would appear on your computer. You may likewise convert PDF files to an ebook-like format, and then Kindle handles them just the way the Nook handles them – text and pagination adjust when you alter the font size. Unfortunately, a heap of symbols, equations, and graphics get lost or mangled in the translation – even when looking at PDF files in their native format on the Kindle. Moreover, the little screen size of the Kindle 3 and the Nook is not great for PDF files, most of which are designed for a larger page size. You may zoom and pan, but this is cumbersome and tiresome. Thanks to commenters who suggested watching PDF files in landscape mode on the Kindle (I don’t recognise if you may do this on Nook); this way, you may see the entire top half of the page without panning, and then scroll down to the bottom half. This works a little better.
Nook and Kindle each offer their own advantages. We like the nook’s user-replaceable battery, compatibility with ePub format, and in-store experience. But we strongly prefer Kindle 3 because it is performance is zippier, it is higher-contrast screen is posing no difficulty to read, and it’s littler and lighter so it is more portable and more comfortable to hold in one hand for long reading sessions.
* Nook Color
Everything I wrote when it comes to the Nook in this review applies to the original Nook (which proceeds to be available), not the new Nook Color. To me, the Nook Color is in a dissimilar product category than the Kindle or basi Nook. Nook Color has an LCD screen, like an iPad or most computer monitors. That’s a huge disfavor for humans like me, who get headaches from reading a computer screen for long periods of time. Amazon’s Kindle product page has an informative section on e-ink vs. LCD displays.
But numerous people don’t have troubles reading from computer screens, and the Nook Color is getting glowing reviews in the press and by owners. For the money, it offers a lot of functionality such as a good web browser and the capacity to play games and watch movies. But keep in mind: it costs a lot more than the Kindle, it weighs closely twice as much, it doesn’t come in a 3G version, and (unlike the firstborn Nook) the Nook Color doesn’t have a user replaceable battery.
1772 of 1801 people found the following review helpful.
A hesistant buyer rejoices on his choice
By Mr Goodwrench
I researched the buy of a Kindle for a long time. I couldn’t determine whether or not it was worth buying a devoted e-reader. Boy am I glad I made this purchase. The downside to Amazon’s online syndication of Kindle 3 is that the clients don’t get to see it in person. It is much better in person. This may sound stupid, but when I got my new Kindle, I thought there was a stuck-on overlay on the screen containing a diagram of the unit’s buttons, etc. I genuinely tried to peel it off. Doh! The e-ink on this unit is THAT good. I didn’t realize that I was staring at the actual display. I also didn’t realize that no power is required until the display changes. (thus the outstanding battery life) I do a lot of reading, but was facing the probability of reading less or buying big type books because of my variable and deteriorating eyesight. The new Kindle has been a godsend. Now, I may determine the size of type I need depending on my level of fatigue amid other things. The weight and ergonomics are very good. For someone, like me, with neuropathy in his hands, it is exceedingly easy to manage and pleasurable to own. To me, it is more comfortable to read than print books. The ease of navigation is outstanding as is the speed. The battery life, so far, has been extraordinary. It effortlessly connected to our home Wi-Fi, which by design does not broadcast an SSID. It downloads books so fast that I almost thought they were not exclusively received. I did not buy the 3G version because of the price divergence and the fact that there is no coverage where I live. If you are not constantly traveling, I don’t see the need to spend the extra bucks, but that is a matter of personal choice. For those who have no Wi-Fi at home, do not forget that you may always download the material to your computer and transfer it by way of USB. Just today I was watching an consultation with Tony Blair on TV. He was talking in regards to his new book, which sounded interesting. I picked up the Kindle and downloaded a free sample before the consultation was over. I have only read the preface so far, but will in all likelihood buy the book. Now THAT is a great way to buy a book! I haven’t employed online browsing extensive yet, but find it reasonable for what the device is. This is mainly a book reader, not a laptop or notebook. They are outstanding for what they do, but can’t match the e-ink display, or the light weight. For those of you worrying with regards to the wait for the new Kindle, let me end with, “It is worth the wait” This new Kindle is all with regards to the quality of experience. There are numerous format selections for electronic reading. If you want the best experience, go with the Kindle.
2512 of 2559 people found the following review helpful.
I Wanted a Dedicated E-Reader, and That’s What I Got
By Matthew E. Coenen
I’m a first-time Kindle owner, so I have not one thing to “compare” the latest Kindle to. I don’t own a Nook. I don’t own an iPad (and, in any case, that’s comparing apples to oranges). I don’t have a Sony e-reader. ‘
This will be a short, simple review.
I received my Kindle with regards to a week ago and haven’t been competent to put it down.
Things I like when it comes to my Kindle?
1. The e-ink display is amazing.
2. Using the 5-way controller is simple and effective.
3. Page turn speeds are rapidly and without delay than I thought they would be.
4. It’s lightweight, even with the attached cover (I have an Amazon cover with a built-in light)
5. Page-turning buttons are quiet and well-placed.
6. Recharge time is fast.
7. I may order a book and get started reading it in less than 60 seconds. Nice!
8. Portability… I may take 3,000 books with me when I travel for work and not require further and added suitcases or baggage fees.
Things I’m not too keen on?
1. Buttons are too close together and are laid out oddly.
2. Lack of person number buttons is frustrating.
3. Power button on the bottom? Not a bad thing. Just an odd thing. (Same for the headphone input). I normally rest the “bottom” of a book on my lap when I read.
Things I hope change in the future?
1. How books are organized… When I put a book in a collection (which is actually a “tag”), it still appears in the main list. It’s not genuinely “moved”, it’s merely associated.
2. The look of the main screen. I’d like “folders” or galore other way to display “collections”.
3. Ability to give rise to personal “screen savers.”
4. E-book pricing, altho Amazon has little control over this. Still, most titles are the same price as or less than their hardback/paperback counterparts. (And I’m not opposed to paying more for comfortableness and portability).
Things that don’t bother me with regards to other reviews?
1. The browser is experimental. Amazon has devised a consecrated e-reader, and it’s meant to be used to read. Period. Not browse the web. If you want to browse the web, get a computer — not an e-reader.
2. The Kindle is not an mP3 player, either. Yes, it’s nice to have a lot of classical music playing in the background while I read, but I don’t need to see the title of the song, album art, etc. (And you may skip from track to track on the Kindle using shortcut keys).
3. Lack of a “color” or “touch” screen.
In summary, for $139, I’m rather thrilled with my buy and have arleady read multiple books on it. In fact, I think I’ve read more in the past week than I’ve read in the past month.
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