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Recommended awardThe Nook Simple Touch GlowLight joins the pack of backlit e-readers launching at the same time, and takes on Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Glo. Produced by US book store Barnes & Noble, Nooks have only crossed over to the UK for the first time this year, and haven't yet made it to Australia, so our discussions of the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight with less tech-savvy friends were often met with blank expressions. Priced at 109 in the UK (around AU$169) or $139 in the US, it is slightly more expensive than the Kobo Glo, but the same price as the Kindle Paperwhite, which of course has a more established reputation on its side. Buying Guide10 best tablet PCs in the world todayIt is released alongside the cheaper Nook Simple Touch, which doesn't have a backlight but is similarly specified otherwise.The six-inch touchscreen e-ink device is slim and remarkably light, weighing just 197g (6.95oz) and measuring just 12mm (0.47 inches) deep. The touchscreen has a 600 x 800 resolution, but best of all is the fact that you can read it out in the desert or down a cave.That's because the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight, as the name suggests, comes with its own bespoke backlight, which produces a customisable glow that enables you to read in low light or complete darkness.
The Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight (hereinafter "NOOK GlowLight") is the latest addition to the eInk family of readers. An updated version of last year's Simple Touch Reader, the newest NOOK device is very similar to the original but has an industry-first illuminated eInk touchscreen display. The eInk screen is great for daytime reading, and the optional lighting enables reading in low light conditions. It is offered by Barnes & Noble for $139.Build & Design The NOOK GlowLight is physically almost identical to its previous incarnation. The overall device measures 6.5-inches tall, 5.0-inches wide, and 0.47-inches thick. At just a shade under seven ounces, the newest NOOK is just over half an ounce lighter than its predecessor. You might not be able to tell a difference unless you were comparing them side by side, but when you're reading for extended periods of time, lighter is definitely better. The front of the device is dominated by the 6-inch eInk touchscreen display. There are page forward and backward buttons on each side of the display, though you're more likely to just tap on the screen in order to advance your book.
Odds are, if I'm reading a book I'm doing it in bed. At night. In the dark. That's not so great for ebook readers, which (like a paper book) require a light in order to be seen. I've been asking ebook manufacturers why they wouldn't add lights to their devices for some time, and now Barnes & Noble has done it. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a virtually unchanged version of last year's model, but the company added a glowing white light that makes the screen readable in darker environments. It's not as bright and painful to look at as a lit-up LCD, nor as kludgy as an ebook reader with a light attachment, and at $139 it's no more expensive than the ad-free Kindle Touch. Is the new Nook worth an upgrade over last year's model? Is it enough to make Kindle owners jump on the Barnes & Noble bandwagon? Read on. The GlowLight Nook (that's what I'm going to call it from now on, to avoid having to use the monstrous full name over and over) is virtually unchanged from last year's model. There's almost nothing you can do with it except read, and you can start reading the second you pull the device out of the box. It automatically connects to Wi-Fi networks if you're in a Barnes & Noble or a Starbucks, and connecting it to your home network is cake thanks to the impressively usable on-screen keyboard.
Sometimes, you want to curl up in bed with a good e-book, but you don't want to disturb your sleeping partner by turning on a light. Barnes & Noble has solved this thorny issue with the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. This 7-ounce E Ink e-reader features a glare-free screen for beach reading, long battery life and (finally) a screen with a built-in night-light so you can finish that last chapter before nodding off. At $139, this device costs $40 more than its nonilluminated older sibling. But is that money well spent?The third-generation Nook looks nearly identical to the graphite Nook Simple Touch, except for a light gray sliver rim around the edge. While the dimensions of the two are the same (6.5 x 5.0 x 0.47 inches), the third generation Simple Touch weighs 6.95 ounces, compared to 7.48 ounces on the previous version. While it may not seem like much, the half-ounce difference makes for more comfortable longer reading sessions, as does the soft-coated, rubbery contours of the backside.The E Ink display, which is slightly inset, features an infrared-controlled touch screen that is generally responsive.
The debate rages on as to whether ebook readers or tablets are better suited for reading digital books. But in a single stroke, Barnes & Noble just eliminated one of E Ink's core issues. With E Ink screens, you need an external light source—that is, until now. The Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight ($139 direct) includes switchable edge lighting, like you'd find on an ultra-slim LED HDTV. You'll pay more for the privilege—$40 more, to be precise, over the existing Nook Simple Touch ($99 direct, 4.5 stars), which remains in the B&N lineup. But you get enough other minor enhancements to make the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight a wise purchase, and a clear Editors' Choice. Design and GlowLightWhen comparing the Nook Simple Touch with the version with GlowLight, there are a few design changes, although they're fairly innocuous. It still measures 6.5 by 5.0 by 0.47 inches (HWD), but B&N managed to shave about five percent off the weight of the original model. The new one checks in at 6.96 ounces—half an ounce lighter than the Amazon Kindle Touch ($99 direct, 4 stars), and only one ounce heavier than the base model, the non-touch Amazon Kindle ($79 direct, 4.5 stars).
Barnes & Noble has made the best e-reader currently available even better by integrating a light source into it. Priced at $139 (as of April 24, 2012), the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight E Ink-based e-reader sets the standard for silky-smooth reading and shopping. And even better, you can enjoy reading it wherever you happen to be, whether you're lounging on the lawn in bright sunlight, or sitting under the covers with little to no light in the room. Although monochromatic E Ink e-readers make sense in many circumstances, reading in the dark is not one of them. The bedside lamp, or the overhead light in an airplane, can often be overkill, and a disturbance to other people near you. With this e-reader, you're paying a $40 premium for the honor of having a built-in light, but the versatility that the integrated reading light offers you is well worth the extra bucks. The GlowLight makes the Nook Simple Touch e-reader highly adaptable to your environment--and it makes Barnes & Noble the first company to truly deliver on the promise of a built-in light source.
Bedtime reading with an e-paper based ereader has always been something of a throwback: either you leave the lights on, or you clip on a retro-style book light. The alternative until now has been a tablet, though many find that the same bright backlighting which makes screens look great for games, videos and browsing, doesn't work so well for casual reading. Into the fray steps Barnes & Noble with the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, an updated version of the original Simple Touch ereader that pairs e-paper with a special frontlight system. Read on for the full SlashGear review. Hardware GlowLight display aside, the Simple Touch is generally unchanged from its non-frontlit predecessor. Its dimensions are identical - 6.5 x 5.0 x 0.47 inches - but it's actually 5-percent lighter, despite the new hardware additions. Inside there's an 800MHz TI OMAP 3621 processor paired with 256MB of RAM, 2GB of storage (with a microSD slot for up to 32GB cards) and WiFi b/g/n. If you're an existing Simple Touch owner, you may notice a couple of changes side by side. The GlowLight version has a paler bezel, more of a grey than the charcoal of the regular model, and the 6-inch display - which still uses an infrared-based touchscreen system - has a different feel to it, slightly more textured.
According to Barnes & Noble, it's an integrated light, which is why the company spent the last two years developing the $139 Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. Except for a gray rather than black border around the edge, the new model looks identical to the standard $99 Nook Simple Touch. But it's slightly lighter, weighing 6.95 ounces instead of 7.48 ounces, and has an ever so slightly more responsive touch screen. Until now, e-ink's chief selling points have been how readable it is outdoors, even in bright sunlight, and that it's very energy efficient. While the lack of a backlight was touted as reducing eyestrain, the inability to read in the dark or dimly lit environments has always been one of e-ink's weaknesses. You either had to buy a clip-on light or a case that had an integrated flip-out light built into it. Amazon charges $59.99 for its Kindle Touch Lighted Leather Cover. Barnes & Noble is not the first to integrate a light into its e-ink e-reader (Sony was with its PRS-700), but after playing around with the device for several days, I can say that it's the first company to do it in a truly successful manner. Yes, there's some slight unevenness in the lighting at the very top of the e-reader -- it's brighter at the top edge -- but overall, the lighting displays uniformly across the screen.
Amazon may have finally released an ebook reader with a touch screen, but Barnes & Noble is still one step ahead. The new Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch ($99 direct), formerly called the Nook Touch, is now $40 cheaper, and also features improved software with faster page refreshes. As a result, it retains its Editors' Choice award. The best part: if you already have a Nook Touch, you can upgrade its operating system for free. Design and ScreenThe Nook is significantly smaller than its predecessor, and the Kindle, thanks to the removal of everything but the screen and the bezel. It weighs 7.5 ounces, and measures 6.5 by 5.0 by 0.5 inches (HWD); it remains easy to slip into a bag or jacket pocket. The matte black back is sculpted, with a taper designed specifically for being held in one hand. There's a small "n" button below the screen, plus buttons on either side for flipping pages. The power button is at the top of the back, and the USB port is on the bottom for charging the Nook or loading outside content. On the right side, there's a micro-SD slot for adding up to 32GB more storage to the 2GB that's built in, which is enough for 1,000 books. The Nook's 6-inch E Ink Pearl display's resolution is 800 by 600, and text and images alike look crisp and clear.
Barnes & Noble has just launched their newest NOOK device, the third in the series. The latest, dubbed the NOOK Simple Touch Reader, or NOOK STR for short, has a 6-inch eInk touchscreen display, 2GB of on-board memory, with support for microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity, Wi-Fi wireless networking, and a much improved battery designed to last up to two months between charges. It is available online and in B&N retail stores for $139.BUILD & The new NOOK STR is very small, slightly narrower and much shorter than the original NOOK device. That's expected, since this model doesn't have a secondary LCD underneath the eInk display. It's also incredibly thin, with a comfortably molded back that fits nicely in your hand. The device is very light, and won't add any weight at all to your bag or purse. The exterior case is made of black plastic, and feels quite solid--there's no bending or creaking here, just a well-made device. I wouldn't toss it down on a concrete sidewalk, but it does seem sturdily built and, with reasonable care, should stand up to long use. DisplayThe eInk Pearl display is simply fantastic. The text is sharp and clear, no matter which font or font size I choose.
Is the new Nook better than the Kindle? That's what a lot of people are asking and the short answer--at least at this moment--is arguably yes. No, it doesn't have an audio jack for MP3 music playback or a built-in basic Web browser, but it does have one thing the Kindle doesn't: a touch-screen interface--and it's a good one. Aside from changing the way you navigate the device (more on that in a minute), the touch screen has design implications because it allows for a minimal number of buttons and a nice clean look. The first thing you notice about the new Nook is that it's compact and it looks significantly shorter than the Kindle, though a bit squatter (the Kindle is slightly narrower). Ideally, it would be a tad narrower, so people with smaller hands could more easily hold the whole device in their hands like they would a smartphone. At 7.48 ounces, the new Nook is an ounce lighter than the Kindle (Kindles weigh between 8.5 and 8.7 ounces, for the Wi-Fi or 3G models, respectively). The designers also coated the device with something called soft-touch paint, which gives it a smooth rubberized feel. That's nice, but the downside to this type of finish is that it does show finger smudges, so you'll regularly have to wipe down the back of the device unless you buy a cover (plenty are available).
As soon as I removed the new Barnes & Noble Nook from its box, I could tell that this petite e-reader was going to be a worthy challenger to the third-generation Amazon Kindle. Impressively, when I tested the Nook and its new touchscreen, I found that it does indeed out-Kindle the Kindle at its own game in some respects; but in others, the Nook falls shy of topping Amazon's e-reading staple. The new Nook ($139 as of 7/1/2011) has been completely redesigned, yet retains the same moniker as the original Nook, which is now referred to as Nook First Edition. That year-and-a-half-old Nook missed the mark with a clunky LCD screen for navigating the E-Ink display above it. This new Nook is lighter, more svelte, and introduces Neonode's Zeforce infrared touch technology to simplify access and navigation, as well as a Wi-Fi connection. An E-Reader for Reading Where the Nook First Edition's weight and size made it bulky, unwieldly, and generally unpleasant to use, the new Nook is the polar opposite: It weighs 0.47 pounds--35 percent lighter than the original Nook, and slightly lighter than the Kindle (0.60 pounds). It's also more compact--6 percent thinner and more than an inch shorter the first Nook.
As tablets have grown in popularity as do-everything devices, ebook reader vendors are focusing on making the best possible reading device and forgoing everything else. If you want to browse the Web and check your email, buy an iPad or a Nook Color, but if you want the best, most immersive reading experience possible, you can't beat E Ink-based ebook readers. E Ink provides battery life measured in months, readability in direct sunlight, and a distraction-free way to just read. Among dedicated ebook readers, the Amazon Kindle ($189, 4 stars) has long been king, but no longer. The new Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Reader ($139 direct) is smaller than its predecessor, less expensive, more responsive, lighter, and longer-lasting. It also adds an excellent touch-based navigation experience. If you don't already have an ebook reader, the latest Nook is the one to buy, so it's our new Editors' Choice. A quick note before we dig in: After reading this review, you might want to switch from the Kindle you already bought, or the Kobo Wireless eReader (3.5 stars), or a Sony Reader. Unfortunately, the way Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others structure things, that's very difficult.
Barnes & Noble's new Nook is so different from the eReader that debuted a year and a half ago that it almost deserves a new name. Smaller, lighter, and simpler, the second-generation Nook eliminates some of the features of the previous model, such as the secondary LCD, web browser, and 3G connectivity, but it adds a touchscreen and social-networking capabilities. Can this streamlined Nook--and its lower price of $139--finally beat Amazon at the eReader game?The second-generation Nook sports a radically different design than the original. Gone is the secondary LCD and much of the device's bulk. Now measuring just 6.5 x 5.0 x 0.47 inches and weighing just under 7.5 ounces, the new Nook is super slim and light, perfect for long reading sessions and for whipping out while standing in line or in a crowded commuter train. It's much smaller than the original Nook (7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches, 12.1 ounces) and even more pocketable than the Kindle 3G (7.5 x 4.8 x 0.34 inches, 8.7 ounces). The E Ink display remains the same size--6 inches--and now supports touch capabilities, thus eliminating the need for many buttons.
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