My original (and only other) Nook was the venerable NC....I held out until color happened. I really like book cover art, and so the black and white e-ink only readers are just not for me. My NC battery is not holding charge as well as it once did....not gone, but it was an excuse to look at nicer screens. Oh, and real Android tablets.
I keep mixing up the initials for the Glow vs. Samsung....NGTS? Sammie Nook7:
- The screen is wonderful. Definitely an improvement vs. a NC. I understand it is not as good as the HD screen, but it is much better than what I am used to. I am happy with it.
- It is a real Android tablet - I can finally get the benefit of Calibre library management, on my device!!! (Major plus)
- Calibre Companion (Yee! Hah!)
- A good e-reader. It does what I want, but I have not tried others, so I cannot really say it is better or not.
- Lovely renditions of National Geographic magazine and photography. Color!!! YES!!!
- "Footprint" - about the size of a paperback book. The bigger (10) is too big and doesn't handle or pack for travel as conveniently as the 7inch version.
- It has a microSD card - tho that is not as easy to use as you might think. (The restrictions here are mainly Android - beware.) Yes, a 64G card works even tho they only rate it at 32G.
- There is a very convenient box to check to send video straight to the microSD card. See "Nook Settings"
- My NC had a bad habit of autoclouding my National Geographic magazines. My SammieNook7 has never autoclouded anything. Probably a memory issue with the NC. (First time one autoclouds a book - seriously bad. I keep an eye on available memory.)
- MEMORY. 8G starting, of which bloatware occupies 3.28G. Puhhhleeeze. This is a serious flaw, especially since the Nook library (books, anyway) cannot be stored on the memory card. See extensive rant on memory hereSamsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Nook - Memory Meanderings.
- There is no convenient box to check to send magazines to the microSD card, tho there is some evidence of a file structure that might allow this.
- There is no convenient box to check to send books to the microSD card. And likely never will be.
- BN is getting all paranoid and greatly restricting how its e-books can be managed - restricting sideloading of Nook books, the Nook App WILL NOT see covers on sideloaded books from other sources, etc. This is extremely annoying. See "true tablet", "other Apps", and "Calibre Companion".
- The shelf (library) management is no different, at all, than what I have on my NC. Seriously, BN? How many generations, and no improvement, whatsoever, in the reader's experience? See "Calibre" and "Calibre Companion". I give up on BN library mgt - I am putting all my efforts into organizing with Calibre and not bothering with BN shelves on my Sammie Nook7.
Things I utterly don't care about and so have not evaluated (you may, so I mention them). All I want is a color e-reader.
- Cameras, either one.
- e-mail, social media, yadda yadda. I don't want alarms, alerts, notices, blah blah blah. (This is what my phone is for.) I want to read on my Nook.
- video. Ok - I did finally download a free Friday TV show (pilot of White Collar) just to see it work, but....teensy screen. I just don't see me using this much. Maybe I'll send it to my TV (with a real screen) someday.
- audio - again, teensy speakers. Why bother? If I want music, I will use something with real speakers. My audiobooks are elsewhere; Sammie Nook7 is too big and won't talk to my car, anyway. Yes, it needs basic audio (for that video and the occasional sound effect for page turn, etc.), but this is no aural instrument (I don't expect it to be).
- Apps other than Calibre Companion
- Best e-reader (vs. Sammie Nook10, Kobo, Kindle, etc.)?
- Not really. Just the last one standing. (Kobo - no local availability or even online for the 32G color tablet; Kindle - not quite ready to go "A" just yet. The SammieNook10 has too big a footprint.)
- I like the read-in-store options and the book-in-reading-now icon on the home page (vs. the Nook App on a generic Android device). Overall, I am comfortable in the Nook device realm (for now...if BN doesn't blow it with their eruption of paranoia).
- For my sort of reading, the Sammie Nook7 is a good choice at a good price and a good footprint.
- Local store support definitely a plus. I like going to the store. The big "A" will never have a decent mocha latte.
- NC status - backup device. Maintaining, but usage way down. Hopefully it will stay with me awhile longer.