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One of the first videos of the Barnes & Noble Nook was Matt Miller’s and I wondered how he could tolerate the slow page refresh. Others weren’t too happy with the relatively sluggish performance and unfinished feel, but a firmware update just hit for the Nook, […]

One of the first videos of the Barnes & Noble Nook was Matt Miller’s and I wondered how he could tolerate the slow page refresh. Others weren’t too happy with the relatively sluggish performance and unfinished feel, but a firmware update just hit for the Nook, so it’s too early to condemn it. Once upgraded, Matt’s Nook showed some improvement, but it’s still a bit laggy for my tastes. Above you can get a good idea of the page refresh speed because Matt compares it to his Sony Reader PRS-505, as he did on day one of Nook ownership. Instead of taking twice as long as the Sony, the Nook has caught up a little — it’s still not as fast as the Sony, but it’s a noticeable improvement, thanks to version 1.1 of the firmware.

Matt also shares some details on the in-store experience and that’s where his Nook has a marked advantage over my Amazon Kindle. Aside from in-store content, Matt received a promo for a free cookie. The best I get with my Kindle in that case is five bars of EVDO — maybe Amazon will send me a cookie with the next Kindle firmware update?

  1. Don’t feel bad, my nook offered me a free cookie and I reminded it I’m diabetic.

    The major feature I’m enjoying in the 1.1 update is the nook being able to remember which page I’m on. Part of that was fixing the constant crashes the units were experiencing. They also finally rolled over and added a Goto feature and realized that 99.9999999% of the time you want to read a book not check out it’s metadata (a huge break through in UI design on the nook).

    Maybe in 1.2 they’ll get subscriptions to work.

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