Barnes & Noble Nook E-Reader Reviewed, Yawns Abound
While Engadget praises the inclusion of free texts from Google Books and the overall polish of the buying experience, our sister site also ran into a number of issues with applications crashing, and found performance generally lackluster. Technologizer encountered similar issues, finding the hardware good but the software not quite ready for prime-time. That sentiment was echoed by Gizmodo, which noted that, beyond the software issues, the reading experience is exactly like that of the Kindle -- not surprising, since the gadgets have the same screen.
So, the verdict? Is the Nook a Kindle-killer? It seems the answer is that, with significant software upgrades, the Nook has the potential to be. But as of now, it isn't. The smart thing to do would be to wait for a few updates to roll through, see just how polished this thing gets, and then re-visit the comparison to answer which wins. But, right now, it's hard to see a clear advantage. [From: Engadget, Technologizer, Gizmodo]