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Kindle or Nook?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Indiana627, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. wingrider01

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    silly or not, if there is a chance that the electronics will screw with the flight insterments - and there have been recent reports that it can, then turn them off.

    In the air traveling 3 out of 5 weeks in a row, both national and international, have had some scary moments on the planes and prefer to minimize the risk
     
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    Maybe, but Liberty Media's offer for the company was in large part due to the Nook. It likely would survive.
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

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    Yup....it will.
     
  5. wingrider01

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    the nook, pretty much, the company as a single entity - better to piece it out to other buyers then keep it as a single company
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

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    Perhaps...but B&N itself will emerge fine...or so say a number of the analysts.
     
  7. bobukcat

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    I agree, and I also agree it's very irritating to have to stop reading during those periods. Most flight attendants are pretty cool about it and I've seen some that won't bother telling you to turn off or close the cover. I had a conversation with one really nice lady recently and we really talked about the technology of the e-ink displays versus a tablet or PC and she basically said the same thing, it's much easier for them to have a blanket rule and leave it at that. Their goal is to have you alert and ensure you hear instructions, etc. but they certainly don't try to stop you from sleeping or reading an actual book etc.

    I had been hopeful that the FAA would make a distinction and allow e-book readers but with the way tablets are taking off and the fact that some (Nook color) readers have LCD displays I don't think we'll see that happen.

    Still, for me the pros of using a Kindle outweigh the cons. I travel as lightly as possible and having all the books I want to read in one very small package is worth having to read the in-flight magazine or newspaper (or just relax and do nothing) for the times affected.
     
  8. bobukcat

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    I'm pretty sure the point was that you can't read the LCD display on an Android (or any other) tablet very well in bright sunlight, not that you need a network connection.
     
  9. klang

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    According to this short WSJ article, adult ownership of e-reader's in the U.S. doubled to 12% in the last six months. Pretty impressive growth. Note this does not include tablets which they say are owned by 8% of U.S. adults. Overlap is 3%.
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

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    Unless one is talking about bright sunlight...that simply isn't the case...I can read my tablet screen just fine outside in daylight - but certainly not direct sunlight.

    Then again...I don't know alot of folks who read regularly in direct sunlight anyway...most of the people I see using eReaders seem to read them indoors...or on planes...etc.

    The imagery on an HD tablet screen is actually superior for reading as compared with the Nook or Kindle in that regard....and having the choice of either format is an added bonus.

    It comes down to preferences I suppose...but having the ability to use either format, along with all the other things in a tablet seems a better value.
     
  11. klang

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    A beach or a pool would seem to imply bright sunlight. We use our Kindles regularly in bright sunlight. I see many others doing the same. My wife tried once with a tablet. It was pretty much useless. That is why we have both. :)
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

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    Having knwon 2 people who lost smartphones....we learned a long time ago using any electrical devices...even battery-operated ones...near a poo...was not prudent. :shrug:
     
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    Thanks for the safety tip.

    Now back to the topic of this thread, Kindles and Nooks......
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

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    Agreed....

    Don't take either near a pool...but still enjoy whichever you prefer. :lol:
     
  15. Mike Bertelson

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    With the Nook, Kindle, iPad, Xoom, etc, there are plenty of options for water/sand resistant cases.

    No matter what table anyone gets the right case can save the device. I have three different cases for my device.

    Kindle or Nook, research accessories. My 2¢ FWIW. :)

    Mike
     
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    I put the Kindle inside a Ziploc bag when it's inside our beach bag and take it out for use, because sand doesn't seem to bother it at all. It's sealed pretty tightly. If you have a Kindle and are worried about moisture, you can leave it inside the Ziploc bag, because you click to turn pages, rather than swipe. For that reason, I'm happy B&N chose to include a page turn button as well on the new touch-screen Nook.

    We were last at the beach in April and I was amazed at the number of e-ink devices I saw. Seemed like 50/50 readers vs. real books, excluding newspapers and magazines.

    I know they get about 2 weeks in between battery charges, but I'm surprised no one's yet thought of incorporating a solar collector into the bezel of one of those e-ink devices, just to top off the battery when it's used outdoors in direct sunlight.
     
  17. Kevin F

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    +1 on the solar panel idea. It seems like there's not much consumer technology that incorporates solar panels these days. That should definitely change.
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    Very good advice.
    Interesting. In comparison...having taken 4 flights with an average of 170 passengers on each flight over the past month....I've made it a point to look...there were perhaps 5-7 people per flight that I could see using eReaders of any brand. Most were Kindles. :shrug:

    Of late from what I've been reading...it appears that Nook is making a strong play for leading the marketshare between the two offerings, especially with color support.

    That said...I don't think it's a coincidence that both the Nook and Kindle ereader software is available on tablets. With Amazon soon releasing their own branded Android tablet, I'm sure they're going to market the heck out of eBooks.
    That is likely a very good idea. It's amazing how long the battery life is already on these units...more would only be a bonus.
     
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    Darn! Guess I shouldn't take my Kindle into the bathroom anymore!!pusht!
     
  20. Mike Bertelson

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    Sand isn’t an internal problem. I don’t like scratches and it’s pretty abrasive. I have a neoprene cover with a window for the beach. It’s splash and spill proof and keeps the sand off my Kindle.

    I heard on the news this morning saying the number of e-readers in use has doubled since November from 6% to 12% of adults and now outnumbers tablets in use (8% of adults). (Link)

    Mike
     

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