This is the tablet I picked up Sunday (the day it came out). I took it home & charged it up fully, like I always do for any new electronic I get. Surprisingly, Nook downloaded to it without a glitch. In fact everything (apps, pics, etc.) went on the tablet without a hitch. *pro #1* Except for my books. *I buy most ebooks from Barnes & Noble, but I do buy eBooks from other sellers also.* So I knew that my Nook books would not be a problem. I was afraid that the other books would give me a problem. I was right, spent most of the first day converting my pdf books to e-pubs *con #1* & then side-loading them into the Nook interface on the talet. Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com) my e-book manager *highly recommend & free* still won’t talk to the tablet. *con #2* So the only way I get my books to the tablet is to copy & paste the e-pubs to the Nook folders on the tablet. *con #3* I spent last night with it seeing if I enjoyed reading on the 10.1″ *pro #2* *con #4* screen the tablet has. Hmm…didn’t work out. Both my Nook & the tablet have the same books on it. I ended up reading the book on my Nook without thinking about it. I am afraid that the 10.1″ is too big to comfortably read with it. But I am going to continue to try with it.
Today I plug in the tablet to the computer planning on working on my pdfs *patterns & tutorials I carry with me* on to the MicroSD card. So I just finished moving my pdfs & magazines to the MicroSD & the tablet is reading them just fine. *pro #3* One big issue for me. With my Nook, I can pin my books, pdfs, etc to one of the three home screens. The tablet has no way of doing that. *con #5* Also with my Nook I have the ability to sort my books (in the library) by author while on the tablet I have to sort it by recent first & that just messes me up while trying to remember where I was in my library for the next book to read. I am trying to catch up on my e-book library & have been trying to read the books from author to author.
With my Nook I have beautiful access to a special store *recommends for me based on my library* that lists out different authors & books that I may be interested in. Plus I can find the Nook Daily Finds *cheap books*. On the tablet I don’t get that special store or the automatic daily finds. *con #6* To the best of my opinion I can not read the book *in store* like I can with my Nook. *con #7* Will try it out just to make sure Friday when I go back to B&N.
I have to admit I really do like this tablet. One major plus is that I can download any app from the Android market *minecraft* *pro #4*, though I have found that I can get Hidden Objects games from the Nook tablet & those help me get my mind off things that I need it off of. So, I don’t think that is a *huge* pro anymore.
I have also just realized that my father’s Nook books will not read on my tablet. *con #8* This is not good. We share reading tastes & I normally will copy his books onto my reading device instead of having to re-buy the books I want.
If you haven’t guessed yet this is my way of trying to determine the pros & cons of this tablet. So in list view:
- All apps that I have chosen have downloaded & ran without a problem.
- Has a 10.1″ screen size compared to the 7″ my Nook has.
- Tablet is reading my pdfs & magazines without a problem.
- More apps straight from the Android Market *Minecraft*.
- Having to convert my books to e-pubs.
- Calibre will not “talk” to the tablet.
- Have to side-load all books to the tablet.
- The 10.1″ screen is too big & a little awkward to read from & use in the car.
- Can not pin my working files *patterns* or my books I am currently reading to my home screen.
- No special book store from Nook.
- Am unable to read the book in store like on my Nook.
- Unable to use Dad’s books.
Nook Tablet Pros
- Perfect screen size for reading & using in the car.
- Ease of access to the Nook Store.
- Nook will read e-books as pdfs or epubs.
- Nook will read my father’s account or my account books.
- Calibre will “talk” to my Nook so I know exactly what is on my Nook & what isn’t.
- Have the “special store” from the Nook.
- Have the charger for the car if I need to re-charge.
- Very comfortable to use in bed *I read a lot at night*.
Nook Tablet Cons
- No 10.1″ screen size.
- No Android Market.
I would like to know your opinions & ideas. If you have any fixes to the cons that I have listed then please let me know. I am not planning on making a permanent decision until Friday May 25, 2012 *Best Buy has a 30-day return policy*.