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spazy
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how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

I am considering buying either a nook or an ipod touch and so far i really want the nook but a big concern is the wireless internet speed. I have seen about how fast an ipod touch is and its about the speed of dial up maybe a little faster. please help

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bklvr896
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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

It's going to be as fast as the Wifi connect to some extent.  Just keep in mind, it is eink, not LCD, so it is slower loading pages and none of the fancy flash, java etc will work on it.  It seems as though mobile sites work better.  I'm sure someone who uses it more extensively will have more information.  I have an iPod Touch and a Nook as I consider them to have separate purposes, and I generally don't use either to browse the internet, since I need to be near a Wifi hotspot to use either one.

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

It's adequate at best.  It's not the main function of the nook, just sort of an extra.  If your first goal is to surf the net, get something else.  If you want an e-reader, get a nook.

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spazy
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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

All i would really use the internet for is checking my e-mail quickly im a nurse so i like to keep in touch in case im needed.

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

I have both an iPod Touch and the Nook. One strength of the iPod Touch is it's email interface, whether using Exchange or something like Gmail. When near a Wi-Fi, which is getting more common than ever before, the email is makes the iPod worth using. Never leave home without it.

 

As far as surfing, neither Nook of iPod can claim it's a main function. The Nook is black and white, slow, and not too intuitive, and the iPod Touch is teeny. However, what can change both into useful surfers is by using websites designed for mobile screens. Search the forums for mobile websites, and best websites for weblinks.

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

I have an I touch and a Nook.  I have pretty good look with the Itouch using Gmail.  Not so much with Outlook exchange.  The Nook will pick up gmail pretty easily but I prefer the Touch.  Most emails arent that long so a smaller screen is ok.  Keep in mind you have to be near a hot spot to use either.  Some hospitals have free WiFi so that might work for you.  I use my Nook for a reader almost exclusively because that is what it does best.  I have had zero problems with it from day one.  None of the problems that are talked about in the blogs have happened to me.

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

l would say that, if you are in a situation in which the Nook is your only option--say you're off in a motel room somewhere that has wifi--then it worth your time to do some browsing.  As others say there, the Nook is not designed to be a Web browser, so the going is slow and awkward compared to sitting down to a computer.  It's worth a try.

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

I havent been able to connect to the web using my Nook. I have att wireless at home. It connects for the the books, etc. but when I go to WEB, says I am not connected to hot spot. Will try to get to store, in mean time any thoughts, ideas would be helpful. Maybe Im doing something wrong.

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

For me the choice was as follows.

 

1) Want to just focus on the best ebook reading with expandable memory? Yes: Nook

 

2) Want to do games, email, color browsing, but not have expandable memory? Yes: iPad

 

For me personally it was always #1. I might, if I can ever afford it, get an iPad. But it most certainly not for book reading. 

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

I'm assuming you havent turned your wifi ability off with airplane mode.

Do you have a wifi network in your home?  If you dont you would have to go to a place that does.  The 3G connection is seperate from the WiFi capability. 

If you have a wireless network in your home and it is set up properly then your Nook should detect it and prompt you for a password (if you are password protected)

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

Cajunlady2 wrote:

I havent been able to connect to the web using my Nook. I have att wireless at home. It connects for the the books, etc. but when I go to WEB, says I am not connected to hot spot. Will try to get to store, in mean time any thoughts, ideas would be helpful. Maybe Im doing something wrong.

 

If you mean you have ATT Cellular, that's 3G. To have Wi-Fi, you need a wireless router or access point at home.

 

Then you need to configure your NOOK to talk to your Wi-Fi system. You need to select the appropriate SSID, and enter any encryption key that's needed. You may also need to configure your Wi-Fi system to accept the NOOK (if it's set up with MAC filtering).

 

I suggest that you call Customer Service at 1-800-THE-BOOK (1-800-843-2665), option 2 for Digital Support. They can walk you through the process. Trying to work through all of the steps on these forum boards will probably take until the world ends in 2012. :smileywink:

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Re: how good is the internet browsing on the nook?

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cajunlady, you need wifi at home if you want to connect with your nook.  If you don't have wifi you can go somewhere that has free wifi like many  McDonalds for example.  Just push the wifi button on your home screen and connect to it. Some  places do charge for wifi, I don't know if the nook can handle that or not.

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