18 Replies Latest reply on Dec 29, 2010 1:18 PM by roxigirl

    Nook Color- Don't waste your money

      Just purchased this yesterday and can't wait to return it!!!! It's great for reading books but when you try going on facebook or aol the keypad comes up and once you type in one letter the key pad disappears. So for the price I rather downgrade to the regular nook. This is not meant for web browsing. Therefore, unsatisfied with this gadget. Compares to IPAD, I don't think so one bit. Also, after a viewing it a couple of times sideways on landscape it goes back to it's original 8x10 picture and for the web it doesn't go back to landscape. What a waste of money this is.

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          My experience differs.  It is possible you have a defective model.  The screen is pretty sensitive, so you it might be detecting your hand touching it in another spot. My screen only goes away after I've typed what I want and then tapped on GO.  It will go away if I touch an unused area on the screen though.  

           

          As for comparing it to an iPad, it will need an app store with several hundred thousand apps as well as a minimum price of $500 to get close. You bought a color e-reader. Everything else is an "extra".   

           

          4D

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            Doreenpv

            Sorry you are having these probs. I surf with no probs at all. I can post on all of my forums with ease. I have a host of favs saved and can pop on asap.

            There is always the possibility that there is something wrong with your device. I would bring it back to B & N, if that is where you purchased it, and see how it works in their enviroment.

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              Edited as the message below has a better answer...  

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                geertm

                hawaiianpr wrote:

                Just purchased this yesterday and can't wait to return it!!!! It's great for reading books but when you try going on facebook or aol the keypad comes up and once you type in one letter the key pad disappears. So for the price I rather downgrade to the regular nook. This is not meant for web browsing. Therefore, unsatisfied with this gadget. Compares to IPAD, I don't think so one bit. Also, after a viewing it a couple of times sideways on landscape it goes back to it's original 8x10 picture and for the web it doesn't go back to landscape. What a waste of money this is.


                The solution for the facebook/aol problem has already been mentioned on this board: Use the mobile version of the website. This seems to be a problem of this particular version of the Android browser (not a Nook Color software problem). So hopefuly the Android 2.2 update early next year should solve this problem.

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                  I'm curious to see how many people purchase an ereader and then complain because it's an ereader.

                   

                   

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                      The_Most_Happy wrote:

                      I'm curious to see how many people purchase an ereader and then complain because it's an ereader.

                       

                       


                       

                      I think what you are seeing is the pervasive influence the iPad has had on the eReader marketplace.  I can't tell you how many people I've met who bought an iPad PRIMARILY to use it as an eReader and not a true tablet ocmputing device.  People expect eReaders to perform iPad-esque functions because the iPad can perform eReader-esque functions.

                       

                      We have a Kindle 3, an iPad and now a NC in the family.  I really am happy with the NC given the fact that I can still tie my reading experience pretty seamlessly to web lookups for further reading/research.  Yes, I know all about the "reader trance" and not disrupting it.  But I love having a web browser deeply tied to my reading experience and the NC handles this just fine.  I can understand why people would naturally expect richer browsing experience...after all, we are talking about a browser, the "least common demoninator" in apps these days.  Everything can run a browser and there really isn't any reason why the NC's browsing experience can't be improved slightly. 

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                          Runamuck wrote:

                           

                          People expect eReaders to perform iPad-esque functions because the iPad can perform eReader-esque functions.


                          I think it is also the influence of Android phones (and now tablets). Everyone knows the NC is based on Android so they are expecting that more of what Android phones & tablets can do will be available on the NC. By contrast, very few seem to be aware that the Nook Classic was also Android based.

                           

                           

                          Moreover, B&N has taken some shortcuts with applications on the NC. The PDF reader, for example, is not a full product and its user interface doesn't match the reading experience of the ePub reader. That is not what occurred in the Nook Classic and this has created a lot of user complaints.

                           

                          Aspects of the NC seem rushed to make it into the Christmas sales season. I'm sure much of the problem will be fixed over time. However, there may be lingering problems because users are now comparing the NC's apps head-to-head with superior apps available for Android.

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                        hawaiianpr wrote:

                        Just purchased this yesterday and can't wait to return it!!!! It's great for reading books but when you try going on facebook or aol the keypad comes up and once you type in one letter the key pad disappears. So for the price I rather downgrade to the regular nook. This is not meant for web browsing. Therefore, unsatisfied with this gadget. Compares to IPAD, I don't think so one bit. Also, after a viewing it a couple of times sideways on landscape it goes back to it's original 8x10 picture and for the web it doesn't go back to landscape. What a waste of money this is.


                         

                        Maybe callign tech support to walk you through it. My experience was a total opposite. My fiance and I were actually marveling at how fast the browser is. I have been able to go to many of my everyday sites without any problems, and the keyboard stays open for me.

                         

                        I really don't know why people want to compare it to an Ipad. 2 Different animals, plus one costs a lot more and tries to be an ereader.

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                          flyingtoastr

                          I like how the OP registered on CNET just to give it a 1/2 star rating to complain that he couldn't post to Facebook correctly.

                           

                          Oy vey.

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                            I didn't buy this as an alternative to the Ipad.  I bought it as an enhanced reader.  For the extra $100 it answers my needs as a reader where the 'regular' Nook did not PLUS I can surf a bit (nothing fancy) if the need arises.  There will come a time - soon I think - where it will be possible to download Android programs and they'll work but until then this is my new, enhanced reader.

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                                I think a lot of people probably buy an IPad for hand candy.  When I wanted a touchscreen laptop, I bought a HP Touchsmart TX2Z.  Touchscreen plus a full keyboard. I could not be happier.  I wanted something that could fulfill all my computing needs. I think the IPad falls a bit short on that.  

                                 

                                Comparing the Nook Color to the IPad would be like comparing the Ipad to a TX2Z. They may have similar functions, but one costs way more than the other with a lot more capabilities.

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                                .....Really?....You want to take it back because of something that can be fixed in an update? Not only that you cant turn on a computer and type in a statues or texted it? I think "Waste of money" is an immature statement. I got one day one, and I am way too happy with it. I never need to think about getting an iPad now.

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                                  I have to agree with the fact that writing aol email on it is not a possibility! I can read email fine but cannot compose one!  I can get the keyboard to come up for the person I'm sending one to, and the subject but when I click on the message/body the keyboard does not show up! Its rather frustrating esp when B & N assured me this would work with my email to!  However, I do love the reader. Its fantastic!  Even if they say "download and read in seconds" means an hour before your purchase is downloaded onto your reader!

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                                      Try making sure that you're composing email in text mode, if you can do that on AOL...   My keyboard wouldn't appear to compose messages in Yahoo mail until I switched from rich text to plain text.

                                       

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                                        geertm

                                        momto4wild1s wrote:

                                        I have to agree with the fact that writing aol email on it is not a possibility! I can read email fine but cannot compose one!  I can get the keyboard to come up for the person I'm sending one to, and the subject but when I click on the message/body the keyboard does not show up! Its rather frustrating esp when B & N assured me this would work with my email to!  However, I do love the reader. Its fantastic!  Even if they say "download and read in seconds" means an hour before your purchase is downloaded onto your reader!


                                        The 1.0.1 software update lets you choose between mobile and desktop in the browser settings. Choose mobile as default setting. That should solve your problems.

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                                        Sounds like "cockpit error," to me.  I haven't experienced any of those problems.

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                                          My husband bought me a nook color and I love it. It is easy to read books and I can use the web without any trouble.  We bought it at a barnes and noble and not on line and there were alot of people there to help me get started. I am sure if you could go to one of their stores they would be glad to help you.  Dont give up it really is a great e reader.