- I no longer read magazines in the bathroom.
- I no longer buy books (Nook lets me download ebooks from the library).
- My TiVo queue has grown quite extensive as I prefer reading to watching TV.
- I don't mind standing in line at the grocery store at all...it just means I get to read a page or two in my book.
But being the gadget guru, I'm always looking for the newest/best gadget out there.
After months of anticipation, Barnes and Noble finally announced the new version of their Nook ereader today.
Rumors were that it was going to be everything I wanted:
- 7 inches (instead of the 6 of the original Nook)
- Full color e-ink screen (instead of original black & white e-ink)
- Portrait or landscape mode (instead of just portrait)
- Full screen touchscreen (instead of just the 1-inch strip at the bottom)
Today, they presented the new Nook Color. What was announced was everything in the rumors...except...it is an LCD screen instead of color e-ink.
Nobody who has ever read on an e-ink screen will ever read books on an LCD screen. First, you can't even see the screen if the sun is out. Second, LCD screens flicker hundreds of times a minute...you just don't notice it, but your eyes do. That's why computer work gives folks headaches.
Here's a microscope view of an LCD screen versus an e-ink screen:
Here's a magnified view of an iPad LCD screen
And here it is on an e-ink screen
Plus, you can't read a book out in the sun on an LCD screen. Go ahead, look at your camera or cell phone and try reading when the son is glaring on the screen. On e-ink displays...no problem.
So, the bad news is that Nook Color is LCD.
But the good news is that since it is LCD instead of e-ink, I save $250.
So, no new Nookie for me. I'd like to have color, but since I mostly read novels, black and white is just fine. I will miss having the landscape orientation, though. Sometimes, it's just nicer having the display wider than it is long.