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Old 12-08-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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Nook vs. Kindle -- Speed Comparison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW8aZr7-Hgk

Looks like for now the nook is certainly visibly slower.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:57 PM   #2
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First, it is clear that the Kindle is visibly faster. It's not debatable.

What's interesting -- at least in my case having used the nook -- is that it felt fast enough on its own with no point of reference. The page turns quickly and you read on. It didn't feel slow or out of place.

So it comes down to what an individual user finds acceptable. Having not ever seen a Kindle in person I had no "norm" for what a page turn expectation is. Another question: how fast does an e-reader need to turn a page? Heck, even the nook turns pages faster than I do in real life. Is anything less than instant a failure?

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:03 PM   #3
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It looks like the actual eink display is capable of refreshing itself just as fast as the kindle. Most of the delay seems to be between the button press and the start of the refresh. That gives me hope that it is something that can be sped up with patches.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:39 PM   #4
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Do we know if it is using the new Epson controller?

Though the Kindle 2 and the Sony 700 use the same controller, my 700 always seems to be more responsive in keypress only mode.When I swipe a finger across the screen to change page it usually responds at the same speed as the Kindle.

This video makes the nook look like it may be on par with the 500/505 line of readers. It did seem to wake up quicker than the Kindle though..I'm going to the store tomorrow and bringing all my toys. We'll see what happens =)
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:48 PM   #5
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW8aZr7-Hgk

Looks like for now the nook is certainly visibly slower.
The video shows the difference, but whether this is significant, is a different matter. I swipe my finger halfway through the last line of the page and the page turns by the time I'm at the end, I personally have no issues with the turning speed.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:39 AM   #6
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Do we know if it is using the new Epson controller?
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This might indicate that the Nook is using the Marvell ARMADA 166E with integrated EInk controller. The only way to tell for sure will be to disassemble the device (or its firmware).
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:48 AM   #7
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What's interesting -- at least in my case having used the nook -- is that it felt fast enough on its own with no point of reference. The page turns quickly and you read on. It didn't feel slow or out of place.

So it comes down to what an individual user finds acceptable.
Almost everyone of the dozens reviewers have said it felt slow to them. Tomorrow night, Mossberg and Pogue may blast that message to the nation.
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Well they did a firmware update to increase speed & how long it takes to format. The firmware clearly took effect for my device sometime last night when I was charging it. It was clearly faster today. I had a kindle 2 & I would say the page turning is that fast now.
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