Barnes & Noble Nook (Wi-Fi)
Manufacturer: Barnes & Noble Part number: BARNES&NOBLEWIFI
- Bottom Line:
- The Nook Wi-Fi doesn't quite measure up to the Kindle in terms of design and overall performance, but it's a worthy alternative if you're looking for a more open e-reader that supports the EPUB format.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $99.90 - $119.99
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 06/24/2010
The good: Large library with tens of thousands of e-books, as well as newspapers and magazines; built-in Wi-Fi connectivity (no PC needed); separate capacitive color touch-screen pad for navigation, and a virtual keyboard for notes and annotations; 2GB of internal memory (capable of storing 1,500 electronic books) as well as a microSD expansion slot for additional memory; font style and size are adjustable; displays image files and plays MP3 music files; compatible with Windows and Mac machines; battery is removable and user-replaceable; allows free browsing of full-text books while within Barnes & Noble stores; you can lend certain e-books for up to 14 days free of charge; EPUB format compatibility lets you read free Google Books and loaner e-books from your local library; page turn speeds are faster with firmware upgrade.
The bad: No protective carrying case included; color LCD has an impact on battery life; in-store reading and loaning capabilities come with notable limits and caveats; no support for Word or text files; no ability to download books when outside the U.S.
The bottom line: The Nook Wi-Fi doesn't quite measure up to the Kindle in terms of design and overall performance, but it's a worthy alternative if you're looking for a more open e-reader that supports the EPUB format.
LOVE THIS E_READER
by uofmfan40 on September 4, 2010
Pros: LOVE the design, Wi-Fi was responsive and support staff from B&N both on the phone and in the store were GREAT!! Access to so many books was really the deciding factor.
Cons: The touch screen keyboard is a JOKE!! VERY unresponsive
Summary: This is my second e-reader and after reading all of the reviews and going into B&N to try one out I was hooked. All though the touch screen ...
Summary: This is my second e-reader and after reading all of the reviews and going into B&N to try one out I was hooked. All though the touch screen is very poor the over all design and functionality more than make up for it. The access to the largest e-book collection out there was also a huge selling point. Well done B&N, my only advice would be to speed up the touchscreen keyboard response.
Love the e-reader, easy to use, Android OS is a plus.
by johnsails on August 29, 2010
Pros: Easy to read and eyes, great screen, Good battery life. Great book selections - plenty of free books. Browser works fine. Easy to connect to WiFi. Easy to load music. Google OS Android is a plus. Reading more now than ever....
Cons: Dictionary good, but not for old English words. Would like faster interface for looking up words. Would love them to move to a touch screen or android voice recognition. Otherwise Great reader.
Summary: Love this reader in every respect. Except, would like a deeper collection of words, old English etc. and a faster dictionary look up. Maybe Android voice recognition or touch screen ...
Summary: Love this reader in every respect. Except, would like a deeper collection of words, old English etc. and a faster dictionary look up. Maybe Android voice recognition or touch screen search.
Still beats the new Kindle 3's features
by rainbowbrite20_2000 on August 5, 2010
Pros: I can buy books from almost anystore that supports epub.kindle doesn't. Nook has mp3 player.Being able to see the book over on the lcd screen is the best. Ive read 4 350-400 pg books still havent had to charge nook.
Cons: web browser is a lil odd but i didnt get it to surf the internet with it. Its meant for reading books.
Summary: Even though the new kindle 3 is comming out i still wouldnt change my nook. Love it. So easy to use havent had to the read the manual once.No ...
Summary: Even though the new kindle 3 is comming out i still wouldnt change my nook. Love it. So easy to use havent had to the read the manual once.No probs with it freezing or anything else. kindle's seem to be too hyped up just like apple's iphones.
Awesome device...my first e-book reader
by sdeepengineer on July 26, 2010
Cons: 1. The page flips take some time. ( I wonder if I can do it faster on a printed version!!! probably not)
2. Though free ebooks are available in the library , the search does not provide an option to search only free ebooks.
Summary: The display is good. battery is good.I can read 3 to 4 hours a day charge it once in 10 days. I cannot compare this with other readers as ...
Summary: The display is good. battery is good.I can read 3 to 4 hours a day charge it once in 10 days. I cannot compare this with other readers as I have never used them. But am impressed with this product. There are tonnes of ebooks available in the pdf format. All you have to do is to download and copy on to the device.
Outstanding device for the money
by shaon94 on July 22, 2010
Pros: Battery life
Easy to use
Supports almost every book format I have thrown at it.
touch panel used to turn pages.
Cons: No word document support which is not a huge deal since almost nothing come in word
Supper silly LEND ME program, made almost completely worthless by not allowing you to share the book more than once.
Summary: I have only found one thing that I do not like about this device and it is the fact that I feel mislead about the LendME program. I thought I ...
Summary: I have only found one thing that I do not like about this device and it is the fact that I feel mislead about the LendME program. I thought I could lend it out for two weeks at a time, instead I can lend it out for two weeks, and then NEVER again. Makes the LendME program useless in my opinion. I have more than one friend with similar interests in a book. We share the paperback / Hardcovers among all of us, but can not do so with this program. Would have been 5 stars if not for this one huge gaping hole. It would have been better if they had not offered it at all.
by cmaxo97 on July 21, 2010
Pros: Side Loading Content
OS Updates with new features
Cons: Can't see book images for side loaded content.
Can't search for books that are side loaded.
These can be fixed in a future upgrade if B&N allows for it.
Summary: I received this as a birthday present after trying to decide between the kindle and the nook. I played with both devices but after seeing the updates to the 1....
Summary: I received this as a birthday present after trying to decide between the kindle and the nook. I played with both devices but after seeing the updates to the 1.4 os for the nook I knew that it was a better option. I've had the nook for 5 days and I've read 2 books already. I actually really like the swipe gesture for turning pages. It makes it so that my wife can sleep at night without hearing a click-click sound every time I turn the page. It's a very cool device. I'm recommending it to my whole family!
Great E-Reader for a Great Price!!!
by Dugan1982 on July 20, 2010
Pros: Fast Page Swipes
Tons of Books
Free Online Content in the Store
$2.99 B&N Classics
Cons: Finger Swipe for page turning confusing at first
Menus take patience to learn
Summary: I bought this as my first e-reader and have not been disappointed. I struggled on which e-reader would be better, the Kindle or the Nook. Finally after playing with the ...
Summary: I bought this as my first e-reader and have not been disappointed. I struggled on which e-reader would be better, the Kindle or the Nook. Finally after playing with the Nook in stores and the latest update I had a good idea. The price drop was icing on the cake. I like that Barnes & Nobles saves all Ebooks that you buy on their website so you can redownload them at any time! If you new to Ereaders like me the Nook is a solid choice. Plus I like that they give Nook owners free coffee from time to time just for owning it!!
Good for the money
by pl001 on July 2, 2010
Pros: Great value
Capable for an e-reader
Cons: Glare (not on screen though)
Still a few bugs
e-ink needs better contrast, but this is as good as e-ink gets.
Summary: I've had this for almost a week now.
I've been looking for an e-reader for some time but could just never justify the cost. When this version was ...
Summary: I've had this for almost a week now.
I've been looking for an e-reader for some time but could just never justify the cost. When this version was released for $150, I decided what the heck. I don't have AT&T 3G coverage anyway so getting the WiFi-only was a no-brainer.
Setup was fairly simple. Follow the instructions and you shouldn't have any trouble. Setup your B&N account first, and make sure it is an "Account" only and not "Membership". I had it connected to my network and downloading books within about 10 minutes.
The touch screen is a bit of a novelty but it works OK and should be pretty intuitive for any smartphone user. It is a bit slow to respond, the on-screen buttons are on the small side, and the slowness of the e-ink screen makes it seem worse. I am getting better at typing on the virtual keyboard but if you need to type a lot it probably won't work well for you. Still, I prefer it to the other readers out there.
The e-ink screen has great resolution and is easy to read. However you should know that it really isn't black on white, it's black on light grey. Which means you definately need more light when using this than you do a regular book because that light grey background doesn't reflect light nearly as well as paper. In reading conditions I never thought twice about with a book I find this screen strains my eyes. It has better contrast than the competition, but there is room for improvement. I never noticed this in stores of course because they are very well lit, but it is noticeable at home.
Like another reviewer mentioned, it bugs me that they made the white bezel and black trim glossy. It does create glare and I find it annoying. But it's not much different than the glossy bezels they put on HDTVs these days so if you're used to those it probably won't be an issue. The e-ink screen is anti-glare so your reading page itself is fine. Not a big deal to me but I'd prefer a matte finish like what's on the page turn buttons.
I am somewhat disappointed with the e-book selection so far as some of my favorite authors only have a limited amount of e-offerings although the popular ones are there. Fewer than what I can find at the actual store. But the nice thing is that since this supports e-Pub, I could maybe find them elsewhere if I looked hard enough. I haven't compared it to Amazon's store yet, but the general consensus seems to be that Amazon has a better selection.
The browser is serviceable but I wouldn't factor that in the decision. It's pretty slow. It is nice that you can use the touchscreen to see the color and to scroll though and select links, but again it can be pretty slow doing that.
I have noticed a couple random bugs, but they are minor and all resolved with a power cycle. For example, at one point I could search for books on the online store but couldn't select them to see the description. Another time it went back to the home screen on it's own a few times in a row. It's too early to tell if they will be a problem or not.
People who like to compare these readers to iPads don't seem to understand they are each well suited for their target markets. The iPad makes a better reader for textbooks, manuals, children's books, comics, etc. The Nook is better for reading books for long periods of time and its other features like browsing, games, and music are mostly a novelty. It's certainly more limited, but the price reflects that.
All in all, so far this thing has really got me hooked. The form factor is better than an actual book and it makes for a good reading experience. If I had bought the other version at the previous $260 I'd maybe only give this 3 stars because there is room for improvement. However at this price, and keeping in mind the competition is also flawed, it's pretty hard to go wrong.
It's a great product.
by mparrishxx on June 29, 2010
Pros: Light and long battery life.
Cons: none to speak of.
Summary: I would buy it again.
Summary: I would buy it again.
Love my Nook!
by cherice95405 on June 26, 2010
Pros: Numerous option for getting books-B&N, free PDF, lending. Light, portable, and easy to use-you do not have to be techy. Storage of up to 1500 books and the ability to download a book in minutes. No more driving to the book store.
Cons: Better organization of books and music with separate volume button on side. More/longer lending capabilities.
Summary: Overall, I love my Nook. I have really had no issues since I purchased it in January. I love the enhancements, but for me it is really just a reader. ...
Summary: Overall, I love my Nook. I have really had no issues since I purchased it in January. I love the enhancements, but for me it is really just a reader. Honestly, I wasn't sure how I would like it. I read a lot and love books so it was a bit of a leap for me, but there is no going back! I tried to read an actual book the other day and it drove me crazy trying to keep the pages propped open.
- Manufacturer: Barnes & Noble
- Part number: BARNES&NOBLEWIFI
- Description: Choose an eBook using the beautiful color touch screen, then watch it appear instantly on the E Ink display, where text appears as crisp as a printed page. The 16-level gray scale display offers great contrast with no glare or backlight. Share favorite eBooks with your friends or family. Most eBooks can be lent for up to 14 days at a time. Just choose the eBook you want to share and send it to your friend's nook, computer, or handheld device enabled with the eReader software. Control your nook with an easy-to-use full-color touchscreen, created to work seamlessly with the crisp, clean E Ink display. Just use your finger to swipe through titles and tap open your next read. Or use nook's large, comfortable, virtual keyboard to find exactly what you're looking for. Visit the store, turn on your nook, and see what pops up on your screen. You will get exclusive content, special discounts, and more. Plus, shop the BN eBookstore and read complete eBooks free while in store.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type eBook reader
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.9 in x 0.5 in x,
- Weight 11.6 oz
- Color White
- Slot provided type [Dec 3, 2010 from CDS: Slot Provided] microSD
- Type 6 in Monochrome E Ink
- Touchscreen Yes
- Display type 6 in E Ink
- Color Depth 4-bit (16 gray levels)
- Type 3.5 in Color TFT active matrix
- Flash Memory 2 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD
- Flash memory installed 2 GB
- Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g
- Supported Text Formats EPUB ,
- Supported Still Image Formats PNG,
- Features Touch screen ,
Expandable memory ,
- GPS Navigation None
- Audio Speaker
- Supported Digital Audio Formats MP3
- Type Touch-screen,
- Battery installed (max) Lithium polymer
- Recharge Time 3.5 hour(s)
- Power supply device Power adapter
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x microSD
- Interfaces 1 x USB,
1 x Headphones
- Technology / Form Factor Lithium polymer
- Included Accessories Power adapter
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.9 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 7.7 in