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NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight review

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Many people have said the the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is the device that the Amazon Kindle 4 with Wi-Fi should have been. It’s a basic e-book reader with a 6-inch e-ink screen that accepts all the typical modern e-book formats, plus it comes with built-in backlighting to allow pretty much anyone to truly read any time, anywhere. Even before the Nook Simple Touch was released to the market with built-in backlighting for the screen, it was already popular. And now, with the inclusion of simple built-in backlighting, it is even more closer to perfection.

It features a 6-inch 600x800 pixel resolution touchscreen e-ink display. It may not seem like much on paper, but in reality its simplicity is what has led it to become so successful. Besides, the seemingly low-resolution screen is no hindrance and really doesn’t effect the experience all that much when it comes to reading e-books on the go. The reader accepts e-books in the ePub format and can even display media in the form of BMP, GIF,JPG, and PDF.

There is built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and up to 2 months of standby time on a single charge. Needless to say, you can be confident that it will always be ready when you’ve got some quiet time for reading. It’s a bit more expensive than the base model of the Amazon Kindle with Wi-Fi, but it’s a great way to go if you don’t want ads and want to read in low light.

Need To Know: Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

1. Built-in 6-inch screen comes with built-in backlight to allow reading in the dark. (The Good)

2. Doesn’t come with ads unlike its main competitor. (The Good)

3. No extra features such as built-in speakers. (The Bad)

4. A bit more expensive than the competition. (The Bad)


Screen Size
6"
Storage
2 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
30 hours


What the Critics Are Saying...


Know Your Mobile

Should you get a Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight? If you’re in the market for a dedicated e-reader, than I would say, for most people, the SimpleTouch with GlowLight is an excellent choice. Though I wish the SimpleTouch were a bit lighter and had a slightly more responsive touchscreen, the pr...

- Michael Grothaus, Know Your Mobile
Tech Advisor

Slightly chunkier than its rival Kindle but somehow lighter, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight may have found itself a niche in the market. A simple interface makes it easy to use and the social integration with Facebook and Twitter is a fun feature. The GlowLight feature works well too.

- Briarley Van Zyl, Tech Advisor
The Inquirer

Barnes & Noble's Nook Glowlight is a sturdy ereader that will survive a few knocks and thus should last a long time. It's not the most high-end looking device on the market but does the job by offering a comfortable reading experience both in daylight and in the dark with its subtle and gently b...

- Lee Bell, The Inquirer
PC Pro

The Nook does have a few weaknesses. There’s no audio support, which will be a turn-off for fans of audiobooks. The Nook has nothing to match Amazon’s X-Ray feature, and support for PDF reading is woeful. We loaded some manuals and magazine pages on the Simple Touch and found them unread...

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro
ITProPortal

Either way, you really can’t go far wrong grabbing a Nook Simple Touch, or a Simple Touch GlowLight, when they arrive in October. Looking at Amazon’s line-up, for the same price as the GlowLight’s £109 tag, you can pick up a Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi. With the Kindle Touch, you...

- Jamie Lendino, ITProPortal


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Screen Size
6"

The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Backlight
Yes

There is a built-in backlight for reading in the dark.

Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Reading Time
30 hours

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1530 mAh battery. Battery life is rated for up to 60 days standby time according to Barnes & Noble's.

NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight Specs

Overview
Release date May 7, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 2 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1530 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Reading Time Up to: 30 hours
Standby Time Up to: 60 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.5 x 12.7 x 1.2 cm (6.5 x 5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 197 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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Critic Reviews


Know Your Mobile

A worthy gift for your loved ones

from Know Your Mobile

Should you get a Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight? If you’re in the market for a dedicated e-reader, than I would say, for most people, the SimpleTouch with GlowLight is an excellent choice.

Though I wish the SimpleTouch were a bit lighter and had a slightly more responsive touchscre...More

Should you get a Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight? If you’re in the market for a dedicated e-reader, than I would say, for most people, the SimpleTouch with GlowLight is an excellent choice.

Though I wish the SimpleTouch were a bit lighter and had a slightly more responsive touchscreen, the pros far outweigh the cons. I love how rugged and damage-proof the SimpleTouch feels, the GlowLight screen works exceptionally well, and the battery lasts longer and the Nook store offers more content than I’ll ever reasonably need.

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Tech Advisor

The cheapest backlit ereader around

from Tech Advisor

Slightly chunkier than its rival Kindle but somehow lighter, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight may have found itself a niche in the market. A simple interface makes it easy to use and the social integration with Facebook and Twitter is a fun feature. The GlowLight feature works well too.

Read full review

Slightly chunkier than its rival Kindle but somehow lighter, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight may have found itself a niche in the market. A simple interface makes it easy to use and the social integration with Facebook and Twitter is a fun feature. The GlowLight feature works well too.

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The Inquirer

Sturdy, soft-touch texture, and gentle backlit display

from The Inquirer

Barnes & Noble's Nook Glowlight is a sturdy ereader that will survive a few knocks and thus should last a long time. It's not the most high-end looking device on the market but does the job by offering a comfortable reading experience both in daylight and in the dark with its subtle and gently backlit display....

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Barnes & Noble's Nook Glowlight is a sturdy ereader that will survive a few knocks and thus should last a long time. It's not the most high-end looking device on the market but does the job by offering a comfortable reading experience both in daylight and in the dark with its subtle and gently backlit display.

Though Barnes & Noble has developed an ergonomically pleasing ereader with the Nook Glowlight, along with a great online bookstore, the Glowlight is let down by its response times to touchscreen commands. And at £109, it's not the cheapest out there. We'd advise punters to see what Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite has to offer before buying.

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PC Pro

Superb GlowLight technology and EPUB support

from PC Pro

The Nook does have a few weaknesses. There’s no audio support, which will be a turn-off for fans of audiobooks. The Nook has nothing to match Amazon’s X-Ray feature, and support for PDF reading is woeful. We loaded some manuals and magazine pages on the Simple Touch and found them unr...More

The Nook does have a few weaknesses. There’s no audio support, which will be a turn-off for fans of audiobooks. The Nook has nothing to match Amazon’s X-Ray feature, and support for PDF reading is woeful. We loaded some manuals and magazine pages on the Simple Touch and found them unreadable, with no support for pinch-to-zoom, panning or option to reflow the text.

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ITProPortal

The edge lighting really is a very appealing, stand-out feature

from ITProPortal

Either way, you really can’t go far wrong grabbing a Nook Simple Touch, or a Simple Touch GlowLight, when they arrive in October. Looking at Amazon’s line-up, for the same price as the GlowLight’s £109 tag, you can pick up a Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi. With the Kindle Touch,...More

Either way, you really can’t go far wrong grabbing a Nook Simple Touch, or a Simple Touch GlowLight, when they arrive in October. Looking at Amazon’s line-up, for the same price as the GlowLight’s £109 tag, you can pick up a Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi. With the Kindle Touch, you’re getting a sleeker design, slightly darker text, and of course Amazon's superior online store. However, the GlowLight punches back harder, with its edge lighting, ePUB compatibility, the microSD slot, better fonts, and its slightly lighter weight. And the edge lighting really is a very appealing, stand-out feature – and for all these reasons, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight bags our Best Buy award.

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TabletPCReview

Recommended for anyone just starting out with eBooks, or for owners of the previous NOOK devices

from TabletPCReview

The NOOK GlowLight is simply the best eInk reading device currently available. It's small and light, with expandable memory, outstanding battery life, and a lighted screen that makes it perfectly usable in all reading conditions, whether you're laying on the beach or curled up in bed. While it do...More

The NOOK GlowLight is simply the best eInk reading device currently available. It's small and light, with expandable memory, outstanding battery life, and a lighted screen that makes it perfectly usable in all reading conditions, whether you're laying on the beach or curled up in bed. While it doesn't have a web browser or any apps, it does offer a great reading experience.

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Good E-Reader

Fairly affordable, expansive ecosystem of books and newspapers, and lots of options to change your reading experience

from Good E-Reader

The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight really raises the bar on e-reading in 2012. It is the only device on the market that allows you to read comfortably in low-light conditions. Personally I do most of my reading at night when I am going to sleep. In the past, I needed the lamp to be on and be positioned in such as way that the e-reader was facing the light source so I can read without any shadows. When you have a family or are sleeping with a significant other this could cause drama with them wanting the light off. You could obviously bypass this by purchasing a book light or a case with a built in light. I was never a fan of these because it took away from the essence of an e-reader, in that they are supposed very light and portable....

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The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight really raises the bar on e-reading in 2012. It is the only device on the market that allows you to read comfortably in low-light conditions. Personally I do most of my reading at night when I am going to sleep. In the past, I needed the lamp to be on and be positioned in such as way that the e-reader was facing the light source so I can read without any shadows. When you have a family or are sleeping with a significant other this could cause drama with them wanting the light off. You could obviously bypass this by purchasing a book light or a case with a built in light. I was never a fan of these because it took away from the essence of an e-reader, in that they are supposed very light and portable.

One of my main concerns with this new lighting system is what happens if one of the LED lights burns out? I have yet to find any kind of replacement lights on the market and B&N has been fairly mum on the matter. It also goes without saying that Barnes and Noble does not actively sell their e-readers or tablets outside the USA. If you live in Canada, Australia, Europe, or anywhere else your best option is the premier e-reader store Shop e-Readers, that has plenty in stock.

In the end, this is a great e-reader for the price and the only one with a built in light. It really allows you to read anywhere and anytime. Unlike an LCD tablet, it will not burn your eyes and is the closest experience you will get to reading a real book. Digital content is also way cheaper than buying the physical book. Often a new release in hardcover format will cost $25 to $45, while the ebook often costs $9.99. Any book you buy from Barnes and Noble can be read on their official apps for iOS, Android, and many other operating systems.

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Business Insider

Even if you're not reading in complete darkness, it's wonderful in low-light situations

from Business Insider

If you read a lot in the dark or low light, then yes, you should definitely buy the new Nook. It costs $139, which is $40 more than the cheapest Kindle Touch. But unlike the $99 Kindle Touch, you won't find ads on the new Nook. Plus Kindles don't offer built-in lighting (yet). I'd say it's defini...More

If you read a lot in the dark or low light, then yes, you should definitely buy the new Nook. It costs $139, which is $40 more than the cheapest Kindle Touch. But unlike the $99 Kindle Touch, you won't find ads on the new Nook. Plus Kindles don't offer built-in lighting (yet). I'd say it's definitely worth spending a little extra on the Nook for those benefits. If the GlowLight doesn't do it for you, Barnes & Noble will continue to sell the original Nook Simple Touch for $99. It's just as good as the Kindle Touch, and again, there aren't any ads.

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Mashable

The interface is smartly designed

from Mashable

Overall, Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a winner. It’s easy to setup (entering a Wi-Fi password is easy thanks to the touch screen), feels great in the hand, slips into my back pocket and holds thousands of books. The interface is smartly designed. I like the store d...More

Overall, Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a winner. It’s easy to setup (entering a Wi-Fi password is easy thanks to the touch screen), feels great in the hand, slips into my back pocket and holds thousands of books. The interface is smartly designed. I like the store design and how easy it is to buy things (pretty much a match for the Kindle store) and found the E Ink screen crisp and responsive. My only tiny criticism is the power button on the back. You use it to fully turn off the device (and turn it on) and it wiggles a bit too much for my taste. The good news is that, considering the battery life, it’s unlikely you’ll use it very often. If I were buying a new E Ink reader right now, I’d go for the Barnes & Noble Simple Touch with GlowLight. It’s slightly more affordable than the Kindle Touch (when you include the charger), feature-sensible and now has the killer enhancement: a built-in light.

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Digital Trends

A great alternative to the Kindle and jump ahead of Amazon in a few ways

from Digital Trends

At $140, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a bit pricy, considering the Nook Simple Touch is essentially the same unit sans a light for only $100. Either way, both are a great alternative to the Kindle and jump ahead of Amazon in a few ways. If you’re someone who might want to sideloa...More

At $140, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a bit pricy, considering the Nook Simple Touch is essentially the same unit sans a light for only $100. Either way, both are a great alternative to the Kindle and jump ahead of Amazon in a few ways. If you’re someone who might want to sideload ePub books or PDFs from your PC onto your e-reader, the Nook is much easier to use than the Kindle. If you can find a book on the Kindle, chances are it’s on the Nook as well. We like how small the Simple Touch with GlowLight (and without) is as well. The Kindle may beat Nook slightly in a few areas, but when it comes down to it, nobody getting a Nook is going to walk away disappointed because it’s not a Kindle. And in many ways, the Nook is superior to Amazon’s market leader.

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