For Christmas my girlfriend was having a hard time finding something for me as I am rather hard to shop for as I tend to just go out and buy it or I do not say much about an item one way or another. She first decided that she wanted to get me a Galaxy Tab but after looking into it, the Tab would have been nearly one-thousand dollars which is way too much. Even though the item is made here in South Korea by Samsung it is not cheaper.
As an avid reader she asked if I would be interested in the Barnes and Noble NookColor. It does what I want it to do, read books and it allows me to listen to music and other stuff that she figured I would enjoy. I already have an Amazon Kindle and love it, but I figure between the two readers I should be able to read just about anything. I called B&N and found out it would “run” in Korea and I ordered it. After being sent to my parent’s house and finally making it to Korea I open it up and register it to find out I can not use it in Korea. As a matter of fact, I can not use it anywhere but the United States and Canada. Needless to say I was not happy and neither was my girlfriend as her perfect gift was a dud.
What is the point of an eReader if you can not enjoy it while traveling? It is a selling point as far as I am concerned. With my Amazon Kindle I can buy anything and start reading it in a matter of minutes, no matter where I am in the world. While the NookColor looks and feels impressive it is anything but. I was really looking forward to using it and drawing comparisons but after one day I was already calling B&N and preparing to send it back to the States to get a full refund.
If you are in North America you have a big decision between many different eReaders but if you do a lot of long-term international travel or you are like me and live abroad there really is no comparison, the Amazon Kindle is the ultimate choice at this time.