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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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Controls

The controls to the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light are identical to the Nook Simple Touch. To start, the IR grid touchscreen can be used to navigate menus, flip pages with a swipe or tape of a finger, and type in searches. The top buttons on either side of the unit are used to turn pages forward, and the bottom ones are used to flip back a page. In addition, the n-shaped button on the bottom of the front will call up a menu, or if you hold it for two seconds, will enable the glow light.

Connectivity

In addition to the standard 802.11n wireless card in the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light, you can also port files to your system over the microUSB cable. You can also load up a microSD card with files you'd like to view on your Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light. This is a big plus, but because the eReader can only read eBooks, and not play back audio, this seems to be a feature more for archival purposes.

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Battery Life

While the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light does manage to last well beyond the 24 hour mark with continuous reading of eBooks without the Glow Light, if you do enable the light for night reading, you'll find that your battery life plummets to about 10 hours. This result is not terribly surprising, as eReaders do not have a big battery, as they do not generally require much juice to display a page.

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Making light, however, does burn a lot of battery power. If you're looking to maximize your battery life between charges, we suggest trying to limit the time you use your glow light. You're not going to drain your battery life instantaneously by leaving it on, but your eReader will be capable of going for much longer without a recharge.

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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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