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Barnes and Noble Nook Touch Edition eReader Review

Overall, the Barnes and Noble Nook Touch Edition eReader does one thing and does it exceptionally well.

June 21, 2011
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Controls

As previously mentioned, the Nook Touch is mainly operated using touch controls. To turn a page, you can swipe or tap your finger in the direction you would like to go, and if you hold your finger down (gently), you can look up words in the dictionary or copy them for future reference.

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There are also cleverly hidden buttons on the sides of the unit that can be used to turn pages. Still, it's probably a little bit more fun to just swipe through pages using the touchscreen, but it's good to know that there are manual controls should something go wrong with the unit.

Connectivity

There isn't a whole lot in the way of open ports and connectivity options, but for a simple eReader, how much do you really need? The internal wireless card is great, and should you need to port things from your computer, there is a microUSB port on the bottom of the unit and there is also a microSD/SDHC card slot on the right side of the unit.

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Battery Life

Given that Barnes & Noble made some outrageous claims about their new Nook Touch, you can bet that we were eager to put those claims to the test. We regret to inform you that these claims (like most) were more or less nothing more than marketing hype, but that doesn't take away from the performance of the Nook Touch; its battery is great.

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In our tests, we turned the wireless off and had our disembodied-finger simulator "read" an eBook for 24 hours straight, leaving the unit with 90% of its battery charge after 24 hours of straight eBook reading. While it's not the 2 months that B&N claimed, the Nook Touch lasting a projected 10 days, 10 hours is still very good for an eReader. We're not fans of marketing hyperbole, but we are definitely willing to give credit where credit is due: the Nook Touch has good battery life.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  7. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  8. Kobo eReader Wireless Comparison
  9. Conclusion
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