Review of the Barnes & Noble Nook with 3G and WiFi
The Barnes & Noble Nook with 3G has proven to be everything I dreamed of and more. I don’t believe in reviewing products without owning them. This review is my own personal experience with Nook 3G and I have absolutely no affiliation with Barnes & Noble.
After carefully reviewing my options for an electronic reader and discussing it at length with my brother in law (a techie for a very large internet search engine we all know and love) I have decided the Nook was just what I was looking for.
Where I purchased it:
At Barnes & Noble of course! I’m not sure you can buy it anywhere else. Well, I have seen used Nooks and maybe refurbished Nooks on eBay but never a new one
What I paid:
I paid $199 without a service contract. The service contract cost $70 and is good for 2 years. At that price I’ll just buy a new one if I should break the 3G Nook.
Why I purchased it:
1. I purchased this Nook eBook reader because I do a lot of reading and it is the easiest way to get a book instantly.
2. I was tired of carrying around large books to read when I’m on the go. Those 700 page books just don’t fit in my purse and leaves me with one less hand.
3. Having the internet available on a mobile device is appealing.
What I love:
1. Carrying around a 700 page book in my purse is not easy but carrying a 700 page nook book is easy!
2. Downloading books can be done anywhere you can get a 3G telephone service which is most parts of the United States (except for mountains and deserts I imagine).
3. Many FREE eBooks to choose from.
4. After one day of playing with every option on the Nook I was a pro. It is very easy to set up.
5. The people at Barnes & Noble are real people. They love books and they seem to love the Nook. They are happy to help set up the Nook and a Nook account should you need to. My salesperson spent 30 minutes with me showing me everything it could do and even down loaded my first book on the Nook. now that is customer service I am sure you cannot get at Amazon..oh wait, do they even have “people” you can see and talk to?
6. Change the nook fonts from large print to small print and type setting.
7. Nook has a built in dictionary
What I hate:
The keypad has tiny little buttons on the touch screen. The touch screen is color and awesome but the alpha numeric numbers on the Nook are very small and it is easy to push the wrong button.
What can the Barnes & Noble Nook 3G do?
Read emails, check the internet for almost anything if you are in wifi range.
Download books anywhere with 3G service for free..no service charges anywhere no matter what
Play two video games already downloaded on the Nook.
Subscribe to newspapers, magazines
Download and Play MP3 Music on the Nook. All you need is a headset.
Keep a contact list on the nook.
What I wish:
I wish I could get the internet on 3G but its only available on WiFi so you have to be in range of a WiFi hotspot or home router.
When I compare the Nook vs. the Kindle, I can hardly find a difference. For me, it all came down to two things:
1. Having a live person
2. I’m a dedicated Barnes and Noble shopper (who doesn’t love walking into a Barnes & Noble?)