I am a proud owner of a Nook Color now and overall happy with it. That said, in the last 24 hours of usage, I did see some fairly obvious bugs and annoyances. I have been pleasantly surprised with the response from the engineering team in this forum and hope it continues.
With the crowded (or going to be croweded) tablet market, I feel one way B&N can differentiate itself is by listening to its readers and responding quickly. This can definitely increase loyalty in an otherwise fickle market!
With that preface, here are the bugs I found so far and enhancements I wish the Nook Color came with in the hope that they will be addressed in future firmware updates. Hope others add to this thread so that the engineering team can focus their efforts (or if there is another place to do this, please let me know).
- Files that are stored in the SD card do not show up on the various screens like the shelf, music player, etc. So essentially if there's music in the SD card, it won't show up in the music player. It MUST be transferred to the device. Same is the case with PDF files. One of the good things with NC is that it supports SD cards and this defeats the purpose. In addition, if a song is played from the SD card, it does not move to the next song in the folder. One has to go back to the list and select the next song.
- In Sudoku, clicking "Quit Game" does not seem to quit the game. It just simply pauses the game and resumes from where it left off. So, the user MUST finish the game before starting the next one!
- The UI of PDF works differently from the EPUB UI. For EPUB books, you have to click left-right to move between pages, while for PDF, you have to move top-down. Same is the case with zooming. EPUB has pinch-to-zoom while the browser and PDF reader use buttons
- The EPUB reader does not rotate to landscape mode
- A memopad/notepad to write quick notes or tasks. While I understand that this is primarily a reader, it will be great to have a notepad app to jot down ideas while reading a book (which may not be part of the book's content itself).
- Better resolution for video. Youtube videos seem very grainy. I wish they supported better resolution
- Brightness control from within the PDF reader. There currently seems to be no quick way to control brightness when reading a PDF file. The option is there only for the e-reader app.
- A universal 'back' button. Many times, I am not sure how to get back to the previous app/book when I am working on something. I have to hit the 'home' button and then go back to the other book/app, which is not intuitive.
- I know this is not in B&N business model, but it would be nice if they support other apps like Kindle or Borders in future. I still think there is value-add with B&N even if I have other apps, especially their support for B&N store and such.
- It will be great if the PDF reader provides an option to automatically trim the margins. Most PDF books have a margin of 1" on all sides, which is pretty much useless in an e-reader. While I can zoom to remove the margins, it will be great if the app can automatically trim them so that the browsing mechanism works nicely. This will greatly improve the PDF readability.
I would love to hear from the B&N team and other readers on these issues/enhancements.