Wow, I just noticed this. Can't believe it's been here since the 16th with no response. Thread necromancy is usually not a good idea, but I won't let this one get by unanswered.
droidhacker, on 16 January 2012 - 11:35 PM, said:
As an e-reader, nook color is as good as kindle fire.... worse than useless and a maker of headaches. First off, you can't read when you've got a blaring backlight strobing straight into your brain.
Odd. I just spent the last week sitting on planes and in the Florida sun using my B&N NC as a reader. It doesn't work well in direct sunlight, but with a bit of shade, it's perfectly readable in most other settings. I opted for a Zagg matte screen protector, which definitely helps in bright light. It works well for that, but does detract from the otherwise-gorgeous display for video.
E-ink is decidedly more readable outdoors, and I've often wondered why the rock-solid, daylight-readable monochrome display of my 1990's Palm V hasn't been resurrected. But despite that, to say that the NC display is "unusable" is definitely hyperbole, and an opinion at best.
Secondly, the battery life with a continuous backlight leaves a lot to be desired. These color tablets are not suitable for reading, and in fact, leave a lot to be desired as general utility devices.
Battery life on the NC with brightness cranked up to 100% is definitely shorter than with it at 25%, but I can still get a day out of it. It's not like you only get an hour or two out of it in full brightness mode.
I didn't expect my $250 device to be the ultimate general utility device, but I'm getting a lot more out of it than just basic reader functionality that B&N shipped with it. After my laptop display was broken on a recent business trip, I was able to do all my basic business correspondence using a NC for a week. The laptop bag actually fell and landed on the side with the NC in it, and it was the laptop that died. The NC is fine. There's a lot to be said for a device with few moving parts.
Laptop battery life using two batteries is about the same as my NC. While I wouldn't want to use the NC as my primary computing device, it serves remarkably well as a backup that takes up little space, offers a full day of battery life (plus), and works well in the cramped world of business travel.
We own four tablets; Two b&n nook touch, One b&n nook tablet, One ASUS T91 (x86).
Two NC, one NT and a Dell Mini 10 here, plus a Dell E4200 corporate laptop (since we're counting general purpose computers) and a Moto Droid 2 in my portable stable. Each device has specific uses and tradeoffs.
The nook tablet is ok for web browsing and multimedia. Useless for reading.
Unless you're prepared to carry a 2nd (or 3rd) device just for reading, it's good enough. I carry my technical and casual reading library around on it, and I've yet to use a device that made this all so readily available. At best, you can make another YMMV argument here.
The nook touch's are excellent for reading, simple web browsing, email, etc., USELESS for multimedia.
The flicker on NST page changes is annoying in my book. Again, the Palm V had a gorgeous greyscale display 10 years ago that I'd gladly still use, with no flicker. Yes, not e-ink, but very long battery life and excellent readability for its day.
I'm about to go for a NOOK Simple Touch to use as a glorified PDA. If it works, it might replace my NC for on-the-road business basics (email, calendar, contacts). The idea of a week+ battery is attractive. However, if I still have to carry another device to do other basics like web browsing, it will probably get left behind in favor of the NC.
The ASUS T91 is useless for reading, but a powerhouse as a portable workhorse (running Fedora, not Android).
It's a netbook that costs twice as much, so yeah, it's different. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus is an actual tablet that provides more functionality than the NC, but again, costs more. The Asus Eee MeMO is going to be super-awesome, someday maybe, for the same price range, but you can't actually buy one today.
Now the reason why you aren't going to see CM work on the nook touch is because the CM "team" are a bunch of kiddies who are impressed by bright colors. They don't have the ability to appreciate the "it doesn't cause a headache" and "the battery lasts 2 months" features.
The NST is a very different device than the others, so the software focus is naturally different. To insult the CM team this way because they haven't opted to support your preferred device is downright rude. The focus of CM has never been "the ultimate reading machine" so why would anybody be surprised? What would CM offer the NST that would further the readability and battery life? That's not to say it shouldn't be done, but anybody trying to put something like CM on that device is going to be after an altogether different set of priorities than the rest of the CM world.
If these are a bunch of kiddies, they're a pretty impressive lot of kiddies. They've expanded the functionality of devices well beyond what the highly paid corporate developers chose to permit on our devices, and they've done so with minimal expectations. The bulk of the work they seem to be doing in return for a bit of gratitude. To slam them because they're not focused on your toy is rude.