7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 7, 2012 9:30 AM by BruceMcF

    Overall Feedback Needed - 1.3 vs 1.4

      I would like to hear from those who have already upgraded to 1.4 what your overall conclusion is.

       

      I know you will probably say it depends on what I need.  I use the NC mainly for reading books and magazines.  I have a CM7 card. I am in that OS on occasions when I want to utilize off-the-air library borrowing.

       

      Is 1.4 better than 1.3? Or is it better to stay in 1.3?

       

       

        • Re: Overall Feedback Needed - 1.3 vs 1.4

          1.4.1 is a big improvement over 1.3 in my view.  I used an N2A card for a while, but decided for my use (primarily a reader, use a couple of news apps, twitter app, a few other things) that stock B&N was more solid, more reliable.  Now with 1.4.1 I can't imagine booting with the N2A card.  The software is easier to use, more intuitive, stronger features for reading than are available I believe via the Android Nook app as well.  For me it's made a good device into one that is even better.

           

           

            • Re: Overall Feedback Needed - 1.3 vs 1.4
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              Tim_J wrote:

              1.4.1 is a big improvement over 1.3 in my view.  I used an N2A card for a while, but decided for my use (primarily a reader, use a couple of news apps, twitter app, a few other things) that stock B&N was more solid, more reliable.  Now with 1.4.1 I can't imagine booting with the N2A card.  The software is easier to use, more intuitive, stronger features for reading than are available I believe via the Android Nook app as well.  For me it's made a good device into one that is even better.

               

               


              Agreed!  For reading, the dictionary capabilities and the landscape option are noteworthy. 

               

              Have been an avid SD Card CM7 user/updater.  But, since the 1.4.1 update, am just using the stock Nook - and might just be hooked.  The mSD Card inserted now has lotsa good music and works great. 

               

              Way to go, B&N!

                • Re: Overall Feedback Needed - 1.3 vs 1.4

                  I'd also started using this again.    I've really enjoyed CM7.1 and want to extend my appreciation to that open source development.

                   

                  That said, for the hardware limitations of the NC (it's not a full tablet in terms of no microphone, GPS or camera) it's very solid.   However the BN 1.4.1 update appears to hit all of my needs and in a stable manner.

                   

                  Of course, I'll use an SD to check out the occasional Ice Cream Sandwich developments (yes an alpha does exist for the NC, see XDA forums for more details).

                   

              • Re: Overall Feedback Needed - 1.3 vs 1.4

                It is nice. makes the nook more like a tablet. magizine page turns looks different, pages numbered different. very small changes

                • Re: Overall Feedback Needed - 1.3 vs 1.4

                  I use my NC almost exclusively for reading books (but am about to get an SD card for music).

                   

                  I like most of the 1.4 update, with the exception of losing my touch screen Home button and having to rely more on the physical button (even with the swipe to go back).

                   

                  But...ever since the update, I have had trouble with the "My Shelves" feature.

                   

                  It seems to take a lot longer to bring up my shelves (admittedly I have almost 1,400 books on my NC), but it didn't take this long before the update. Then, once the shelves do come up it seems a lot jerkier as I page down and the cover graphics don't keep up with the shelves (I just get the gray book oblong with a printed title and the Nook "n".

                   

                  Once I get down about halfway (or even less) through the shelves, all of a sudden books start disappearing from the shelves (the shelves still show as having the proper number of books, but the cover graphics disappear and leave just a blank space where the book was on the shelf, then come back and a different blank space appears for a different book). After it does that for a moment or two, it either dumps me back in the Library or freezes up.

                   

                  I have tried a total shutdown/restart, but that hasn't solved my shelves issue.

                   

                  I have one of the early NCs with the 5G partition, and the NC shows me as having 68% (635MB) available for B&N content and 75% (3.73G) available for other storage.

                   

                  Any ideas??

                  • Re: Overall Feedback Needed - 1.3 vs 1.4

                    I use my NC primarily for magazines, books, web browsing, and playing AB.  I don't know that you have a choice between upgrading to 1.4.1 or staying on 1.3, but it seems that the 1.4.1 improvements to reading in general are very good, but the value of changes to useability are marginal in some areas, very good in others, and downright aggravatingly stupid in one very important area - the soft n button.

                     

                    LIKE ABOUT 1.4.1

                    •  Very nice magazine page turn animation improvement.  Extremely smooth, stable action and pages don't jump when turned as they did in 1.3.
                    •  Really like the improvement in magazine organization by grouping issues of the same mag together and showing ther published date in submenu.
                    • Still haven't played enough to discover other changes/improvements to make comment.

                    DON'T LIKE ABOUT 1.4.1

                    •  Loss of the soft n button.  Really really aggravated by this change.  And really really hate having to press the hard N button all the time, even just to back out of a section at times - where's the Back button on these pages??  Really really hate having to feel around for the hard button in the dark.  Stupid stupid stupid.
                    • Don't like the change to installed Apps layout at all.  Takes up way too much real estate.  Under 1.3, I could see all my apps on 1 page. (I don't have many).  Now I have to scroll to see them all.
                    • Don't like that you can no longer manually check for new Apps, and that it also no longer shows the total number of Apps available.  I really depended on - and enjoyed seeing - that number increment from week to week. 
                    • The whole Apps interface is now unnecessarily oversized and clunky and far less efficient than it was in 1.3.
                    •  Not sure yet if I like the change to Shop.  Layout seems nicer in some ways with more efficient options for searching various genres of reading material, but they've done a poor job of sizing the page elements so that the large upper block of vertically scrolled categories crowds the lower horizontal scroll areas, necessitating scrolling that shouldn't be necessary in my opinion.
                    •  Media shortcuts is a nice addition to the home page, but would have been a GREAT addition if configurable for which links you wanted to include or omit, and even GREATER if links could include Web and Shop.
                    • Did I mention that I REALLY REALLY REALLY HATE THE LOSS OF THE SOFT N BUTTON? 

                     

                    • Re: Overall Feedback Needed - 1.3 vs 1.4

                      BrownskinsCD wrote:

                      I would like to hear from those who have already upgraded to 1.4 what your overall conclusion is.

                       

                      I know you will probably say it depends on what I need.  I use the NC mainly for reading books and magazines.  I have a CM7 card. I am in that OS on occasions when I want to utilize off-the-air library borrowing.

                       

                      Is 1.4 better than 1.3? Or is it better to stay in 1.3?

                       


                      1.4 is a better reader. It has a wider choice of fonts, a wider choice of themes, supports a wider variety of material, including graphic novels with pinch to zoom zooming and respecting LtR and RtL for GN's from the West and from East Asia, and ebooks with multi-media inserts. It can read in landscape for those who prefer it, though you can also lock it in either orientation if you want to read sideways lounging on the couch or in bed. It can read public domain material like old magazines that are distributed as raw scans in CBZ format.

                       

                      Even the infamous removal of the onscreen status bar button to bring up the navbar and swapping that for a single n click to the navbar and double n click to the home screen is an improvement when you are reading, since it removes the biggest distraction from the status bar.

                       

                      If the quality of the stock ereader app is primary and the other stuff is secondary, definitely upgrade.

                       

                      If more concerned about the various issues with the user interface and the bookshelf, the decision might involve more trade-offs.