From my point of view there are two big competitors on the eBook reader devices market: Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. Sony cannot win in this battle, at least for the moment.
For last months the king was Amazon Kindle with good price, great performance, outstanding autonomy. Barnes & Noble fight back with Nook color, but a color display come with a higher price and I don’t care for a color display when I read ebooks…
Now, Barnes & Noble make their homework and design the new Nook: The Simple Touch Reader. It is simple to use, affordable and the battery life is amazing: two months. Not 3G but WiFi, no color display but touch.
Let’s find if Nook – the simple touch reader is a good choice for you.
The new Nook feature a 6″ infrared-powered touchscreen with E Ink Pearl Display 16-level gray scale technology and 800×600 resolution. First of all, the touchscreen is not for me. I don’t like finger prints on the display, and the touch screen and fingerprints come together in the same box…
The infrared-powered touchscreen can detect essentially any input including a gloved finger so you can use the Nook in the winter time.
Weight: 7.48 ounces (212 grams)
Height: 6.5 inches (165mm)
Width:5.0 inches (127mm)
Depth:0.47 inches (11mm)
When I test the Kindle I was amazed about its 1 month battery life (with 3G and WiFi off), now the new Nook come with longest battery life in the market: 2 months (with Wi-Fi off). The charging time is 3 hours from wall outlet, but can be charged via USB to a computer, too.
Nook – the simple touch reader convince me. It is faster than Kindle, a prove a better autonomy life. It come with Free Wi-Fi in all Barnes & Noble stores and at over 20,000 AT&T hotspots nationwide.
Most of the NOOK Books are $9.99 or less-plus, you can sample them for FREE. You’ll even find a selection of titles by popular authors under $5 and more than a million FREE ebooks.
Where to buy it
In Amazon US the Nook price is between 139 and 160. It depend of your luck…
Also, you can buy it directly from B&N website.