Hanx Writer app review

I love my iPad. I am a self-confessed Apple addict. I have the whole set – iPhone, iPad and MacBook. I love them all, but my iPad has by far been one of the best investments ever. I take it almost everywhere with me, and thanks to its connectivity with the rest of the Apple family, it synchs up beautifully to allow me to work on it and edit from elsewhere.

But it’s less than personal. The word processing program, like all word processing programs, is all white and dull and so many buttons and options. I miss the good old days of pen and ink, when there were no distractions except your own imagination.But I have just discovered the most beautiful of apps.

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Treating myself to a new toy

Recently I have been doing what every university student spends every summer doing – job hunting.  And being rejected by employers.  It has been seriously getting me down.  So yesterday I thought I would cheer myself up by treating myself to something I have been wanting for a long time – an ebook reader.

Now I have had, to date, three previous ebook readers, all of which I have loved and all of which I have sold on to progress to the latest upgrade.  Some might say I have gone backwards this time.  I started off with a Sony, then got the upgrade to that, then purchased a Kindle.  The Kindle was sold to justify the buying of my iPad, which I love with all my heart.  But it’s not the same.

Reading on an iPad is much like reading on a laptop.  There is glare, you can’t take it in the sun, it’s just like a laptop screen with the backlight.  So I did some browsing.  And I found this.

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This little beauty is the Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch and it is simply Heaven to use.  I have only had it for a few hours but already I feel like my summer reading is going to take off.  I have an enormous amount of books I was hoping to get through this summer and I think this will help me do it.  Why, I hear you ask?  Here are a few reasons.

1)  It’s super light.  It’s lighter than your average paperback.  And as I like big books (Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is one of my favourites) it makes it a real joy to read as I don’t have to carry over 700 pages around with me on a daily basis.

2)  The battery life is incredible.  Obviously I’m yet to test this fully but the website states that the battery life lasts over two months.  Which means no annoying cables to take on holiday with you!  I can happily read for the entire five hour bus journey to see The Bearded One and not have to worry about charging up before the journey back home.

3)  Storage.  I have a book problem at home – I have too many for the space I have.  This is the perfect solution.  I can buy as many books as I like and never run out of storage space thanks to the Nook’s capability to use a micro SD card.  Perfect!

4)  I can upload my own writing on there and edit on the go without having to carry a million devices.  I can pop my pdf scripts and drafts on there and read them whenever I like and just make notes with a good old fashioned pen and paper.

5)  No backlight.  Thanks to my years of working at computers I now need glasses to stop the words dancing all over the flippin’ screen.  Not so with my Nook.  The wonderful E ink display means it’s just like reading on paper.  No backlight and no headaches.  Which also means…

6)  I can take it in the garden and read in the sunlight!  No backlight means no glare and no freak outs to the sunshine.

With all of that in mind I’m off to do some reading.  On my new Nook.  Which I love.