So I began to use the nook browser some. While nowhere near as integrated/smooth as the iPad (yes, I am admitting it), for what the nook is, it works well. Remember, those of us that wanted an eReader want an eReader first and foremost. The nook functions very well in that regard, as I read my third full length novel on it. So to add a browser is definitely a plus, while not using the eReader functionality. The nook’s browser does not quite operate as a regular browser and definitely is a little clunky. You use your touchscreen at the bottom for moving around within a webpage. Obviously, at the top, the page is in black and white. At the bottom, you see parts of the website in color.
The browser allows you to save bookmarks, type in web addresses, and function pretty much like any other site. Some limits exist, with Flash and other plugins, but I can update my blogs, check my Gmail, and search Wikipedia. All things I would want to do while using my eReader. Obviously, if I wanted to create content, I would use my laptop or desktop. That’s where the iPad fools us all. If you consider buying iPads for your classroom–remember, you lose the ability to easily CREATE content. The iPad and eReaders are for CONSUMING content. A very important distinction.