I added a new toy to my collection yesterday! 😀
My new NookColor (left) against my laptop (behind) and my phone (right).
Inside illustrations (if made in color) are displayed in color as well, which makes me very happy since I’m planning a collection of my own with color photographs as illustrations! 🙂
And it occurs to me that I didn’t take any pictures of the actual text of the e-book, lol! Well, the text just looks like text on an e-reader. It’s very readable though. I’ve only had it less than 24 hours, and am still exploring it, but I’m really liking it so far! The size is just perfect! I had looked at an iPad first, but found it too big and heavy, while the NookColor is light, very thin, and fits comfortably in one hand.
And kids books look really great on this too! You can actually choose the option to have some of the kids books “read out loud”, which is pretty cool! (While simultaneously making me feel like a really lazy mom, lol! So I don’t anticipate using that all the time, but it’s neat for some books, especially long bouts of non-fiction about dinosaurs or planets.)
There are a lot of features I haven’t used yet that I think I’ll really like. There’s lending between friends. And also, if you take your Nook into a Barnes & Noble store, it will automatically connect to their wifi, and you’re allowed to browse and read from their full library of books for one hour a day, which I think will be really cool. I think it will really do a great job of simulating the experience of picking up a physical book and flipping through to see if you want to buy it or not.
It also has wi-fi and web browsing. My only gripe so far is that I’m finding the app market sorely lacking! There are only about 20-something free apps for it in the main app store, and only 300-something apps in total, most of which are very expensive. Maybe I just don’t know where to find good apps yet.
ETA: some second thoughts, now that I’ve been using it another day. One small gripe – Nook for Android is terrible! 😮 The margins are so big (even when set to small) that there’s hardly any room on the small screen for text. I never had this problem with Kindle for Android, where the lines of text stretch right across the screen. Has anyone tried Nook for Android yet, and know what I might be doing wrong?
I guess since my Nook is portable enough to carry with me pretty much anywhere, it doesn’t really matter if Nook for Droid sucks? 😉
And my only complaint about the actual NookColor itself is that I’m not too fond of the keyboard so far. I miss my auto-correct (am I the only person on the planet who actually likes auto-correct? lol!), and I really wish a few more handy keys, like the apostrophe or question mark, were placed on the main keyboard screen. I use those enough that it’s really annoying to have to go to the secondary screen for them.
I’m looking into seeing if there’s a way to install alternate keyboards – that would make me a happy camper! 🙂