Touchscreens: Nook vs. iPad
A big part of the e-book experience is the physical sensation of the touch screen. The New Color Nook and the iPad both have finger-powered screens, but they feel very different.
Nook screen seems crisp and tight. When my finger presses and swipes on the Nook screen, it feels dry and almost squeaky. It's as if the screen somehow makes the oils on my fingers dry up.
The iPad screen, on the other hand, seems softer and greasier. The oils on my fingers seem to flow into a cushy layer between my finger and the glass. The screen also seems to get dirtier, too, as if it holds the grime a little more.
The real difference to me is the resiliency of the screens. The Nook feels stiff and seems a lot more unforgiving when the swipes I make are sloppy. I find myself having to repeat my motions when I read with the Nook—the Nook doesn't always do what I want the first time—a lot more than with the iPad. The iPad seems to "get" what I'm trying to do with my gestures almost every time.