Continuing with my big fondle tour of yesterday, I tried to do: Kindle Touch, Nook Touch (again), and — finally! — a Kobo Touch.
So… what happened?
I encountered the Kindle Touch at Staples. It was complaining of a low battery (not photographed). So was the nearby Nook Touch, which couldn’t even be powered on!
I had to coax it out of Demo Mode. I opened a book and my suspicions were confirmed as far as the touch regions go: If I held it in my right hand, my thumb couldn’t stretch all the way to the left to tap the Previous Page region.
As it was, I was shocked at how slow the page refresh was on the Kindle Touch. Is it like that with units people have bought too?
I had to go to a Barnes & Noble to try the Nook Touch again. I mainly had two goals: to try 1.1 on a unit not in demo mode (peers at Staples) and to look at a specific eBook.
The 1.1 page refresh on the Nook Touch just kills what I saw on the Kindle Touch. Barnes & Noble is really doing a good job.
But there was a weird inconsistency between the behavior of the Nook Touch and the Nook Tablet:
I really wanted to see what the formatting of Stephen King’s latest book — 11/22/63 — was like on the Nook Touch, especially since the Nook Touch has publisher default override.
But I couldn’t. On the Nook Tablet, I could download a Sample of the book. On the Nook Touch, only Read In Store was available! And when I tried that, I got this:
Maybe the demo units aren’t set up for that or I had a bad one. I didn’t try another one. I’ll have to try again another time.
As for the Kobo Touch, I was really looking forward to it at Best Buy. But this is the only demo model they had:
The older Kobo WiFi! WTF! The Kobo Touch was here:
Not available for a fondle. It was the same way with the Kindle Touch. Best Buy had only the Kindle Basic out.
I’ll have to try the Kindle Touch again. And find a Kobo Touch.