So the new NT arrived yesterday and I've been testing in different light. The conclusion is that the replacement definitely has a better screen with a slightly lighter gray background and sharper definition of text. It's very close now to the Touch but the Touch is just a bit better. Martyd, you are probably on to something - for the price they probably took a few shortcuts.
I still really like the NT form factor and lighter weight so it's difficult to choose between it and the Touch. Now that the screen is a bit nicer I may be favoring the NT. Both are nice units, though - you really can't go wrong. I think Amazon has done a very good job improving the product since the original.
Last edited by AintLDS; 03-15-2012 at 08:15 PM.