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Quote from: Parsifal on June 11, 2013, 10:04:59 AMLatest word is the Barnes and Noble is opening up the Nook HD+ to Google Play, meaning that in addition to the Barnes and Noble specific applications and content it can be used as a vanilla Android Device. It would support Chrome, and you could run the Kindle App.Anyone have a Nook HD+ and care to comment. The device is on sale for $150 this week (down from $270) making it a lot cheaper than the Kindle HD 8.9", to which it more or less equivalent in hardware.
Quote from: SonicMan46 on June 11, 2013, 06:01:37 PMWell depends on your needs and apps needed, i.e. do you want just a 'book reader' or added features? Wife had the Nook Color and enjoyed for nearly 2 yrs - I bought her an iPad Mini earlier this year and she has been transformed - only saving the Nook for the books on it - not sure what your needs may be for these tablet devices but just a suggestion to consider the Apple products (might save you buying something more than once?) - Dave
Quote from: Parsifal on June 11, 2013, 07:49:00 PMThanks for your comments.We have an iPad mini (with cellular data) which we adore. But that's an expensive device. I have one of the previous generations Kindles with black and white display which I also like a lot. What I'm looking for is basically a book reader but with a screen that doesn't require bright overhead light, and which would have the ability to open a browser for the occasional web search. Paperwhite kindle might satisfy me on the display but would be almost entirely useless for accessing the web. Kindle Fire HD would satisfy the display and web needs, but would be locked into Amazon's sandbox. At first, it would seem that the Nook would be worse, since previously it locked you into Barnes and Nobles smaller sandbox. However, now that they've opened it up to Google Play, you can access Chrome and the Kindle App, which would make it a general purpose Android device.Finally, it's 40% off this week, which means I can get a Nook HD for the price of a Kindle Paperwhite.
Quote from: karlhenning on June 12, 2013, 05:02:39 AMYou can expand PDF files on that 'un, yes, Gurn?
Quote from: karlhenning on June 12, 2013, 05:39:50 AMI shall want to do that at some point, very handy for reading PDF scores, I should think.
Quote from: Brian on June 12, 2013, 06:14:03 AMHave you considered the Nexus 7? Also, I've used the Kindle Paperwhite's "experimental" web browser; you need to be on a wifi network, but it actually works okay for some things. I used it to break out of Amazon-land, go to www.gutenberg.org, and download a bunch of free books. I also used it to visit some blogs, read Wikipedia (good), read the New York Times (a little awkward but doable), and access my Gmail (rather more awkward, but still doable).
Quote from: DavidRoss on June 14, 2013, 03:48:06 PMMy Kindle has scarcely been used since I got a Nexus 7. Together with a bluetooth keyboard (Logitech K810) it even replaces my notebook for all but CPU-intensive tasks like photo editing.
Quote from: Scarpia on June 14, 2013, 04:01:42 PMThe Nexus 7 is very close to what I want except it is just a bit too small. The Nexus 10 is bigger than I need and is not substantially cheaper than a proper iPad. If there was a Nexus 8 they'd have me. The Kindke File 8.9 is the right hardware configuration, but too obviously an advertising platform for Amazon. As it stands, I'll probably stick with the eInk monochrome Kindle for now.
Quote from: Brian on June 15, 2013, 02:43:03 PMDavid, can you comment on your Nexus 7 + keyboard experiences? I have 50 minutes' commute on a train every day, and have been using that time to read books on the Kindle Paperwhite (32 books so far this year!). But these days it's writing that I can't find time to do every day, and that train trip might be well-spent as enforced "writing time." So something like that would be ideal. I played around with a friend's iPad (fullsize) + keyboard, and enjoyed that experience.
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