Oct 27th 2010 8:50PM I do not mean this in a derogatory fashion. I mean it very specifically in terms of marketing: I do not think the author of this post, nor many of those commenting, are the target audience for this device.
I do believe there is a demographic of tech-using females, moms in particular, for whom the new Nook Color would be a great Christmas present. I think the following statements are true about this group:
1.) They are readers, first and foremost. However, they like the idea of additional features, such as social media, web access, and streaming music.
2.) The device needs to fit in a purse. The iPad doesn't (unless it's a really big purse).
3.) For the moms, the kid-friendly Nook Kids materials are a real plus.
4.) Price. They don't really need a full-on Android tablet, and this gives them some nice functionality without a lot of sticker shock.
5.) Convenience. In the demo I saw, they pushed cookbooks and children's books in addition to magazines. While some could consider it a bit sexist that women were targeted in this way, the unfair reality is that women still handle most of the food shopping and childcare. Making their lives easier by providing that sort of utility is a valuable asset for the Nook Color.
6) Weight. Women already lug too much stuff around. You might be surprised at the number of muscle strain diagnoses that occur from heavy purses and bags. Frankly, I found the iPad uncomfortably heavy to hold for even ten minutes. The lighter the device, the better. It's why I've resisted purchasing a laptop forever -- I'm a gamer, and most gaming laptops are too darned heavy.
This demographic doesn't care as much about the "purity" of the reading experience in terms of e-ink. They rarely have more than 30 minutes to devote to reading in a given day, much as they'd like to do more.
I'm not saying it's the right device for folks here. I'm just saying it may well be the right device for a lot of people who are light to intermediate tech users, or who have different needs for which this device is the best match.
Mar 4th 2010 9:57PM I got the impression that the author was uncomfortable about having his preferences tracked in a computer and potentially used for marketing purposes. I'm personally delighted to gradually build a relationship with a mom-and-pop restaurant (there's a great one nearby that we visit every week for breakfast), but I'd be squicked if they went high-tech and started issuing me tailor-made coupons based on my dining preferences (though I've eaten almost everything on their menu by now, so the only constant is my unsweetened tea habit). Call me old-fashioned, but there's a difference between a human caring and a computer doing it for them.
Jun 3rd 2009 5:58PM I'd definitely like to see guild/player housing. I'd also like to ask those who instantly feel hostile toward or dismissive of the idea to try walking in someone else's shoes for just a moment or two (I'd be glad to do the same for your particular WoW feature wish, as fair trade). :) Imagine, if you will, that you're a roleplayer having a great, in-character conversation with a friend, and someone who apparently did not read the Terms of Service when selecting the server starts a conversation next to you about the difficulties their kid is having with starting solid food, that he or she is teething, and so on. Perhaps they're talking about the Superbowl or the recent plane crash. Perhaps they're discussing the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Regardless, it's real-life conversation, and they're breaking your immersion.
Guild housing/player housing would help significantly with this, in terms of providing a central gathering point for roleplaying guilds where everyone could meet without disruption or trolling.
It might not be something that everyone would use. I understand that you personally might not, but an awful lot of people would.
Thanks for reading, and for your time.
May 8th 2009 9:14AM School of Hard Knocks took way too much time and was a true pain to complete. I hope Blizzard hears all the negative feedback and removes it as part of the completion requirement next year.
May 5th 2009 9:06AM You know, I don't mean to QQ, but I'd say that *some* of the achievements ask more of a player than is actually fun to do. Some are fine, but some are imbalanced. People are legitimately upset over School of Hard Knocks because it's really unpleasant -- you can put in the time, and still not get it. It's frustrating, and Blizzard should remove it as a requirement for the achievement.
May 4th 2009 9:17AM I still haven't completed the School of Hard Knocks achievement. Have done everything else. I don't even care about the proto-drake, I just want the Matron achievement. Blizzard, this was an absolutely horrid idea. You've received tons of negative feedback on your forums and via various message boards and blogs. Why aren't you listening?
May 2nd 2009 6:38PM I'll never play on a PvP server.
I'll never do the Green Hills of Stranglethorn quest. Not even for the achievement.
Apr 24th 2009 8:51PM Mounts I'd like to have but probably will never see:
Land: Plain unarmored palomino. Sigh.
Flying: A'lar. I know, dream on.
Mounts I have and love:
Apr 24th 2009 8:48PM Only if it comes with a bukkit quest (we never did get one with the Kalu'ak).
Apr 15th 2009 6:57PM Let me put it this way:
I have a level 80 Warlock.
Haven't specced talents.
I'm not playing her.
I have two other 80s and a 75. Don't need to play a class that's been hit so hard by this patch. She might get to run the occasional cooking daily, but that's probably about it.