I just came back from a vac in the carib. I purchased a kindle, and nc which i rooted to put the kindle app on (that part cracks me up, I got a b&n device to use the amazon sw with;-) I wanted to have an e book reader, which both can do. But also get my email , web, etc. I was hoping that the NC would be the one to choose and keep. Here are the results of my experiment Book reader: Kindle. Much lighter and like the commercial says, you can read this in the sun. NC, heavier, though still manageable. With polarized sunglasses, can't read at all! With hat on and brightness turned all the way up, you can make do, but this goes to kindle if you want a book reader only to use outside At night time, this changes. The kindle needs light, there is no backlight, the NC can be read in bed without turning on any other lights. Turning on a nitelite to read the kindle is an ok solution, won't spend another $50+ for the case with a light. As far as web browing, email, etc. NC is very good, but not great. Getting to airline web sites, with their extra flash stuff and drop downs etc. does not always work. This is the same as on a smart phone. updating fb and other stuff works great as well. playing games, which is not high on my list, works great for the 2 games i downloaded just to try out. Having 2.1 is a bit of an issue. I rooted and installed adw launcher. On certain things, there is no menu key, no back button (softkeys is installed as well, but I don't know how to use properly i think;-) The rooted NC is not 100% android tablet, it wasn't built that way, but it is very close, and for the price, you can't beat it. I am anxiously awaiting a full 2.2 or gingerbread. Conclusion: If you only want a book reader, kindle. If you want more, NC. I am keeping both!