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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light eReader 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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Amazon Kindle Touch

Device & Specs

Despite their separate branding and different cases, both devices are remarkably similar, as they have virtually identical screens, IR grid touchscreen, extremely long battery life, low reflectivity, wireless, and a microUSB port. That said, the light and the microSD card on the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light is a huge hardware advantage.

Screen

Both tablets are about identical as eReaders, but the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light can be seen at night.

Battery

Both have spectacular battery life.

eReader

As eReaders, the Nook and Kindle touch are very different machines. Sure, from a hardware standpoint they're very similar, but the support each gets from its respective eBook store is vastly different. While the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light's store isn't bad, it's hard to top Amazon, as it's currently king of the eBook market. On top of that, users with Kindle devices also have access to thousands of titles through a consortium of 11,000+ participating local libraries to borrow on their eReaders. While the hardware to the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light may be superior, the Kindle isn't going down without a fight.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Comparison
  7. Amazon Kindle Touch Comparison
  8. Conclusion
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