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Old 06-05-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Holy Cow! ... Literally!

I finally saw a Nook for the first time at my local B&N. When I picked it up I almost dropped it. I'm spoiled by PDAs and my jetBook. This thing weighs a ... a pound! I played with the user interface, which seems reasonable, but overdone. Needless to say, I couldn't get over the size and weight of the thing. Is the Kindle of a similar heft? I'll have to see when they come to Target. Right now, I'm patting myself on the back for the jetBook purchase. (Ow, ow, shoulder!)

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Old 06-05-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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Um... the average hard cover book weighs 12 ounces, the nook weighs 12.1 ounces.

Maybe you should get a couple small hand weights and try some curls or presses? Wait, I'm not sure if they make half pound weights... try emptying half the water out of a 16oz bottle of water and try that.
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:00 AM   #3
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I finally saw a Nook for the first time at my local B&N. When I picked it up I almost dropped it. I'm spoiled by PDAs and my jetBook. This thing weighs a ... a pound! I played with the user interface, which seems reasonable, but overdone. Needless to say, I couldn't get over the size and weight of the thing. Is the Kindle of a similar heft? I'll have to see when they come to Target. Right now, I'm patting myself on the back for the jetBook purchase. (Ow, ow, shoulder!)

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if the nook is heavy then you have other issues to worry about. This thing is very light.

People actually Troll e-book readers? Seriously?
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:13 AM   #4
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Actually the size of the Nook was the one factor other than price that had me passing time and again on it. I like the size of the Jetbook and Sony 300 better. I found the weight a touch more than I liked, but it was the dimensions that took me the longest to adjust to. I would hold it by the bottom and feel like it was going to topple out of my hands. I just had to get comfortable holding it two handed instead of one handed like the Jetbook. It took a bit, but thankfully I got to borrow one from a friend and once I adjusted to it I definitely loved the Nook.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:55 AM   #5
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I haven't picked up the nook, but I do understand the question. When I picked up my Kindle I was surprised by its heft. Geez, folks its not that I (or J. Tingle) are saying its heavy, just that it is not as light as we expected.

My opinion is that there are two factors that increase its (perceived) weight. First, it is a bit heavier. The metal back does add some weight to it.

Secondly, Tingle compares it to a PDA or jetbook. Consider how you hold a PDA. You grasp the entire thing with one hand. My Kindle is too large to hold that way. It has a larger screen plus a keyboard. As a result, you hold it by "pinching" the bezel. You have a grip on the edge of the thing. Although your fingers project out underneath it, it doesn't just rest in your hand. It's simple physics. With some of the weight outside the surface of you hand it makes the pressure on your grip even higher.

Of course, I am quite comfortable with the weight and use of my Kindle. However, I do think its appropriate to note that both its actual and perceived weight are higher than I expected. And with the Kindle's metal back and larger surface area (keyboard) it also feels heavier than my Bookeen that has a similar screen size.

Anyway, I'm not sure how these comments apply to the nook, but I do believe that a nook will feel heavier than a PDA (and probably heavier than a 5" jetbook that doesn't have a secondary screen).
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:48 AM   #6
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At 12.1 oz, the Nook is the heaviest 6" EInk device in the E-book Reader Matrix. There are many at about 10 oz, but the lightest are 6-7 oz and the 5" EInk devices range from 5 to 8 oz.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:50 AM   #7
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At 12.1 oz, the Nook is the heaviest 6" EInk device in the E-book Reader Matrix. There are many at about 10 oz, but the lightest are 6-7 oz and the 5" EInk devices range from 5 to 8 oz.
I just don't see the issue. We're talking ounces not pounds. Like I said, it's the same weight as a book. Weight isn't one of the things I even considered when looking for an ereader. If it was, I would have stuck with my T/X.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:29 AM   #8
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Look, people just want to find fault no matter what!

World shattering news a 6" ebook reader with a 2nd LCD screen on the bottom and with wi-fi and 3g weights more than a 5 inch ebook reader... I'm surprised who would have believed that!.

come on folks we are talking about a few grams here or there and that is what you judge your ereader on.. I'm not going to buy that glass of coke, someone has put a straw in it ..it's too heavy now...
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:53 AM   #9
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Yeah, I'm wishing that I had waited a year before picking up a new ereader. I ended up buying a Sony PRS-505 from B&N(lulz %$^&#^%#^&!!!) because I felt that the screen degradation with the touch film just wasn't worth it at the time, and THEN B&N popup with the nook about 7m later. (Kind of annoying since ebook devices had, basically, stagnated for for something like 6 or 7y.)

Then I heard of Spring Design's Alex, but I HAD been expecting it to come out at a competitive price, and now just laugh $400 for the Alex, right...

So it looks like all of you people who got the Nook made the right choice, although I'm really interested in that new e-ink only from Asus. Did you see how responsive the screen was from that E3 video? Although from what I can tell ATM it seems that a rooted Nook is MUCH more flexible.

(I still have grave reservations about the Sony. Non-easily replaceable batteries just aren't for me(which is why I'll also NEVER buy an Apple mobile product/notebook) as I'll like use the thing until I kill it now, which is why I was so hot to pick up a new reader last year as I had cracked the screen on my trusty Palm IIIx, my eBookman has the bad backup cap so it loses all content on batt change and I never bothered to pickup an MMC card for it, and my REB (RCA/Gemstar) died a few years ago so I was more or less SOL for a reader ATTM.)
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Where is the "literal" Holy Cow involved in all this?
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:04 PM   #11
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come on folks we are talking about a few grams here or there and that is what you judge your ereader on.. I'm not going to buy that glass of coke, someone has put a straw in it ..it's too heavy now...
Again I think the dimensions of the nook or Kindle for that matter are a bigger factor than the weight. When you move up from smaller, one handed devices it is an adjustment. I would imagine using the iPad is an even bigger issue since it is so much bigger and heavier. I can't even imagine getting used to that for long reading sessions, but I'm sure in time I could. You just have to change the way you are used to holding a book reader.
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I think he meant that the Nook was heavy, like a cow. But, wait, isn't that a metaphor
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I was indeed speaking of the weight. It was meant semi-humorously, so the xkcd reference is apt.

A couple of the earlier posters may be right though, it may be the balance more than the weight that surprised me. I seldom use two hands on a reading device, electronic or paper[1], and the Nook seemed to need two hands. I also disliked needing two hands to manipulate the menus. On either PDAs or the jetBook, you can do almost anything with one hand. The most common exception is deleting a file, which pretty much requires two hands, either for a stylus, or for some coordinated button pushing.

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[1] Paper books sometimes allow one-handed page turning. Sometimes not.
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Here is how I hold my KooNooK on the train.

I lay my Nook on my palm/wrist with my four fingers (no thumb) wrapped and placed on the page up/down frame. It is very sturdy and comfortable to hold and press page up/down.
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