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nook vs kindle; my experiment

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by boatman, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. boatman

    boatman Android Enthusiast
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    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!

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  2. bluewhite79

    bluewhite79 Well-Known Member

    lol, both? now you'll have to remember which book is on which reader!
  3. nj02vette

    nj02vette Android Expert

    B&N would kill me for saying this......but if you buy all your books from Amazon, they are all available to you, both in the physical Kindle as well as Android Kindle reader, for as many devices as you own.

    No need to remember. :D
  4. cabbie

    cabbie Android Expert

    This is inaccurate. You can link as many devices as you want to an account but you will only be able to have ebooks on 6 devices.
  5. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    Let's be honest though, who realistically has more than 6 devices? A large family maybe? One of the things I love with the Kindle is how it syncs across devices so seamlessly. It is very, very sweet.
  6. cabbie

    cabbie Android Expert

    I personally have 5.

    Nook 3g
    HTC Evo
  7. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    You can run the Kindle app on the Nook 3g? Do you read on all 5 devices?
  8. nj02vette

    nj02vette Android Expert

    I have the Kindle app running on 5 devices as well (plus Nook color soon), but never thought there was a limit. Never looked into it, but I'll take your word for it.

    Still, 6 is pretty much enough for most households.
  9. cabbie

    cabbie Android Expert

    I was specifically referring to the Nook software but kindle works the same way.
  10. Lemurion

    Lemurion Member

    The nice thing about either Kindle or Nook software is that if you're reading the same book on different devices it syncs your place on both.
  11. You can usually do a 'back button' action when there's not one there by sliding your finger from right to left at the very bottom of the nook screen. Important to know.

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