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Shameless Plea for Help: iPad, Nook, or NookColor?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 30, 2010 - 1:45am

Shameless Plea for Help: iPad, Nook, or NookColor?

Here's how I see it:
Nook: Cheap, easy on eyes, lets me browse web as well as read.
iPad: Oversized iPod touch, which I have, why do I want a larger one?
NookColor: Cheaper, than iPad, harder on eyes, lets me browse web, but will I want an iPad in a year?

The Nook is winning in my book. But there are some technologists who may be able to tell me which are the genuine rhetor's tools.

Submitted by Steven (not verified) on April 13, 2011 - 9:37am.

It's hard for me to change as I work with Ipads, but first of all you should concentrate on what you need. (may be now it's too late to give any advice and you bought a tablet, but for the future) Software appilication development is too avenced today to make it your primary demand. You'll find any app you like now for iPad and Nook. But, the question is whether you are ready to pay great money for iPad only to be able to read book and check your mails.

Submitted by Michael Faris on December 1, 2010 - 12:52pm.

It kind of depends on what all you're going for, but I think the iPad is a better option than the Nook for a few reasons:

You mentioned gmail — I think the mail app on the iPad is fantastic
Reading ebooks from multiple sources: you can use the Kindle app on the iPad as well as the iBooks app
More news reading options
You can also use it to write short things (or long things if you have the patience)
I often blog from my iPad: I don't remember what blogging platform you use on your own blog, but if it's WordPress, the app for that is great! (I use a $80 bluetooth keyboard when writing on my iPad instead of the stupid dock keyboard. Same price, more mobility, and I can use the bluetooth keyboard on other computers as well)
I don't find much of a strain on my eyes using the iPad (but I'm used to computer screens)
You can work on google docs now!
It can replace the need for a laptop while traveling (I went to RSA with my iPad so I could check email, do some short writing, etc. Didn't have to charge it once while there and was able to keep up with things without my laptop).
If you read your journal articles digitally (instead of printing them out), there are lots of options for organizing, reading, and annotating journal articles.

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 1, 2010 - 12:59pm.

I've had a kindle for 2 years, and I really like it, but (there's probably information about this somewhere, but--me read the manual?) I only use it to read murder mysteries, since there's no apparent way to cite page numbers. Am I missing something (especially now that there now more academic books on Kindle)?

Submitted by jws (not verified) on December 1, 2010 - 3:25pm.

Not a solution, but the Nook shows page numbers from the print edition, next to a progress bar for how many Nook-formatted pages there are. I.e., one can "turn" a "page" on the device, but the page number for the text stays the same. There may be a Kindle hack (or at least hopes for a future software update) that could enable this functionality. The Kindle's percentage-read indicator is one of those "what were they thinking??" affairs.

Submitted by Michael Faris on December 1, 2010 - 2:20pm.

As far as I know, page numbers fluxuate depending on zooming in, and there's no stable page numbers, unfortunately. It's the same on ibooks on the iPad.

Submitted by hjones (not verified) on November 30, 2010 - 4:42pm.

A Collage of Citations has been running a series about using the iPad in classes, and ProfHacker (over at CHE) had a post from someone who used an iPad only to work while travelling (and shepherding students) abroad this past summer. They might help you to assess if an iPad can meet your needs...

Submitted by jws (not verified) on November 30, 2010 - 12:00pm.

I don't own an iPad or any similarly full-featured tablet, but I can say that my Nook is fantastic for reading novels or any longer texts (unlike the NookColor, it has eInk). It isn't great for anything else though: browsing the web is possible, but painful ... it's really primarily a book reader, and if you want to read books on it, it's great. If you want to do anything else, you won't be happy with it.

Submitted by ddd on November 30, 2010 - 7:45am.

I'll get a tablet this year some time, and i was excited to see the new Samsung come out. But i want to be able to revise conference presentations and other essays on the thing when i'm on the road, so i don't like the samsung's smaller size. I'm hoping another android tab will come out before march or so, when I'll be looking more seriously.

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 30, 2010 - 3:10am.

but I have some grant money to spend, so I'll probably just go for the ipad:

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 30, 2010 - 2:58am.

That rules that out.

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