Shove this Nook Color up your Cranny!
A couple of years ago, Greg and I launched ourselves (okay, it was more like stepped carefully into the shallow end of the pool) into the world of “Tablets” by each getting the Barns and Noble Nook Color. Greg got his about 6 months before me and thought it was pretty cool device that I would enjoy. He was right. It’s a great reader, except in the sun, but we knew that.
Where it fell wayyyyy short is as a tablet. I know that devices like these have improved significantly in the past couple years, but that doesn’t stop me from getting irritated. Greg has long since graduated to the ranks of Apple product lovers by getting an iPad. I hate to say it, but in my limited experience with tablets (HP and the Nooks) I tend to agree that the intuitive aspect, speed, and smooth transitions make iPad far superior, as I guess it should be since Apple invented the technology as we know it. Too bad for me, though, as I am left to struggle with a slow, stutter-y, Nook Color. I use it for what should be its only intended purpose—reading, and playing Words With Friends which I had to pay $3 for. The only redeeming aspect of paying for it is that there are no adds between plays, so I can get back to kicking a$$ quickly (unless I am playing Auntie Good Times…then I just get back to getting MY A$$ kicked sooner…)
My issues from the beginning were and still are:
1) There are about three free Apps
2) The cost of e-books. Jeez…
3) The charger is fragile and makes a flimsy connection. I have already replace both chargers.
4) Loading any page on the internet takes about 12 days.
5) When the device has application issues, there appears to be no way to resolve them short of uninstalling the APP and re-purchasing it (You will pay for it again, too, since it is not on Android or Apple hardware). I tried archiving it and then re-installing it…nothing. So apparently it needs to be reset to factory settings, which means it will clear the whole device and I will have to upload all of my books and Apps to it again.
6) This has already happened to Words With Friends on Greg’s, so it’s rendered useless to me, however the boys still can play their games on it. That is, until those Apps encounter an issue.
7) Now it has happened to mine, and I can’t bring myself to delete Words With Friends and buy it again…I already did that once.
8) You have to find a Task Killer to install that sort of works, but the Nook Color does not automatically come with one. And unlike phones, simply powering it off and then back on doesn’t reset it.
Don’t get me wrong, in two years it has given me hours of reading and game play, but it has too many issues that are troublesome and can be costly to fix. I don’t know how the newer models are, but between the rigged HP tablet we have and these two Nook’s, I will not take another chance on another Tablet except an iPad unless Barnes and Noble sends me a new Nook Color because they want me to be happy.