NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight Review

Posted: May 10, 2012
NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight Review

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.


  • $139


  • 4.5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The NOOK Simple with Glowlight is the perfect size for an eReader.
  • The design is great and the Glowlight feature makes a huge difference.
  • It's $40 more than the Kindle Touch, so if you're already a Kindle user, we recommend sticking with it, unless the Glowlight is something you need to have.
  • If you're in the market for your first eReader, then the NOOK Simple with Glowlight is a great option.

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  • agardner791

    Really awesome video thanks for the review.

    Posted: May 12, 2012 5:03 AM