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In the end, the Nook is an intriguing product launched by a powerful force in the world of booksellers, but the initial offering feels long on promises and short on delivery. With the right software revisions, the Nook could be a tsunami, but as it stands right now, it's only a mild swell. quote


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Critic reviews

7.1
6 reviews
  • Display / readability
    6.8
  • Battery life
    7.1
  • Store and selection of titles
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    5.7
  • Document support
    6.0
  • Storage capacity
  • Durability
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)

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8.4
60 reviews
7.0
Engadget Dec 7, 2009

In the end, the Nook is an intriguing product launched by a powerful force in the world of booksellers, but the initial offering feels long on promises and short on delivery. With the right software revisions, the Nook could be a tsunami, but as it stands right now, it's only a mild swell.

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8.0
CNET Jun 24, 2010

The bottom line: For the moment, the Wi-Fi-only version of the Barnes & Noble Nook is the best e-reader you can buy for less than $150.

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7.0
Gizmodo Dec 7, 2009

It's a relief to finally lay hands on the Nook. The dual-screen reader was just a prop at its unveiling so I'm happy to report it works (pretty) well. It can't kill Kindle yet, but it's an alternative worth considering.

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7.0
SlashGear Dec 6, 2009

For first-time ebook buyers, then, we reckon it’s pretty much a no-brainer: unless they travel significantly and want to buy new content while they’re away, or they have a particular need for DOC or HTML compatibility, the nook’s user-experience bests that of the Kindle.

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8.0
Gear Live Dec 9, 2009

If the Kindle didn’t exist, we’d recommend this one, hands down. Even while the Kindle does exist, it holds its own, and if I were to have to choose one to buy for myself or as a gift, at this point, I’d choose the nook.

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9.0
coreyod coreyod

I received the Kindle 1 as a 'hand-me-down' from another user, and it got me hooked on e-reader's convenience and enjoyment. However, the hardware of the Kindle 1 was clearly designed by monkeys in some sort of lab experiment - with large outward tilting/clicking buttons that you...

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10
salwm salwm

By now everyone thinking about purchasing a Nook has seen the negative reviews. I agree there were some big problems out of the box, the biggest being bookmarks deleting when the device was powered off. Update 1.2 came out this week and that problem is no more. The touch screen menus have been...

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7.0
manveru manveru

I've been reading a lot more since I got my Nook. It's surprisingly more enjoyable to read than I thought it would be, and the e-ink screen is perfect for reading. I haven't liked or used much of it's other features, like web browsing or games (it comes with chess and sudoku)....

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10
cn31672 cn31672

I was apprehensive about jumping into e-book readers after the lukewarm reception that the nook received when it was released. I went to a Barnes and Noble to play with one and found the experience to be "not awful". Last week, I bit the bullet and ordered one, deciding that the nook...

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8.0
MtnSloth MtnSloth

All ereaders are over-rated in my opinion. DRM walled gardens are not what any of us want or deserve, but they will have to do for now. I knew this when I bought my nook, but want to mention it for the benefit of the casual gadget hounds. I purchased the nook because I wanted to upgrade from a...

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7.0
kaallard kaallard

I bought this product mostly so I could read magazines. It is a really nice e reader for that purpose. I can also go online which is nice if you do not mind waiting for more then ten seconds for everything to load each time you go to a new page. I like that it shows the actual page number (the...

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7.0
tatsumaki tatsumaki

The Nook, as a whole, is a pretty impressive piece of kit. There are some design missteps that could have been avoided with some more forethought, but it's a great first effort. Here's hoping that B&N doesn't abandon the e-ink reader in the face of the new Nook Color and...

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10
Crazycommuter Crazycommuter

This is a great e-reader. I have a xoom, but when I want to read an ebook I want it to have e-ink it's easier on my eyes. I really have no complaints.

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