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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light Review

While the new Nook's light does enable night reading, there is the predictable tradeoff in battery life.

May 07, 2012
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Science Introduction

The new NOOK's light does enable night reading, and does so with a good eInk screen to boot.

Screen Performance

The touchscreen serves its purpose well.

The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight has a 3.5625 x 4.8125-inch eInk Pearl screen, with a resolution of 800 by 600, giving it a dots-per-inch (DPI) of 167—this is high for an eReader. You will have no resolution issues here. As always, eReaders with eInk Pearl screens and an appropriate resolution look much like ink on a printed page should, and the NOOK is no different in this regard.

Like most other eReaders with eInk screens, the NOOK does not reflect a large total of light, nor is the reflection pattern very sharp. This is a huge plus, as sharp reflection patterns can get very distracting, especially in brighter lighting conditions.

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Battery Life

Lasts well over 24 hours of consecutive reading with the backlight turned off.

While reading eBooks, the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight will last you well beyond 24 hours, which is the limit of our testing. If you do enable the light for night reading, you'll find that your battery life plummets to about 10 hours.

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