The NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight from Barnes & Noble offers a 6" E Ink display with new technology that allows you to read in the dark--and it only weighs 7 ounces! Kevin Pereira and Matt Mira take a look at the eReader for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight has pretty much the same design as the Nook Simple Touch from last year, other than the gray border.
It also weighs a little less.
The back is concaved so it's easy to get a good grip on it.
This is a touchscreen device but there are also control buttons on the front so you get the best of both worlds.
The side features a micro SD slot to expand the 2 GB of internal storage.
The power button is on top and below the screen is the home button, which also activates the Glowlight.
The 6" E Ink display has an 800x600 resolution, which is pretty standard.
One difference is the addition of a screen protector, which is good for durability but we felt like this affected the contrast a little bit.
Even though reading on the NOOK was a pleasant experience, we do think E Ink is definitely showing its age.
The Glowlight was a welcome addition.
It works through the 8 LED lights at the top of the screen with software that evenly distributes the light across the display.
All you have to do is hold the home button for about 2 seconds to turn it on and off.
You can adjust the brightness through a pop up window.
The light isn't perfectly distributed across the screen, and you can see it fading a little out towards the bottom.
This certainly allows anyone to read in the dark.
You don't even need the Glowlight to be set at 100%; we used it at 20% the whole time and it was perfect.
The Android software was fantastic and we prefer it over the Kindle software.
Everything was really snappy for an E Ink interface, including typing on the touchscreen.
The keyboard is very responsive and navigating through the store is also really easy.
You can brose through Barnes and Noble's Top 100, the New York Times bestsellers list and others to find a good book to read.
Barnes & Noble says the battery lasts about two months without the Glowlight with about 30 minutes of reading per day.
With the Glowlight on, the battery life is one month.
We used the NOOK for a good amount of time and used only 2% of the battery, so it seems solid.