Pros Best design, most fonts, expandable memory, and the GlowLight works extremely well.
Cons Lacks Whispernet.
Summary This is the ereader fans of e-ink have been waiting for. The best kept secret in the ereader world is that Barnes & Noble has quietly been ahead of Amazon in both reader and tablet products for the past year or so.
9 months before Amazon delivered the underwhelming Kindle Touch, Barnes & Noble released the Nook Simple Touch. An e-ink reader in a gorgeous form factor that actually fit your hand, contained hard page turn buttons, the same resolution screen as the Kindle but provided more font choices.
Just last month Amazon announced they were trying to add a self-lit screen to their Kindle Touch. While Amazon is still in the R & D phase, Barnes & Noble has put a brilliant product in my hands. Kudos.
The Nook Simple Touch was already the best e-ink reader on the market. The only reason I held onto my Kindle 3 was because of the snazzy lit case, which was powered by a clever hinge off of the unit-- no batteries! The Nook Simple Touch, in contrast, required a battery powered clumsy clip-on light. Boo!
I pre-ordered the Kindle Touch the day it was announced. When it delivered in November 2011, I was anxious to see how Amazon countered the beautiful Simple Touch. I'd harbored severe gear envy toward the look and feel for about a year-- so Amazon surely wouldn't let me down, right?
Wrong. The Kindle Touch was and is a complete step backward for Amazon. Horrible form factor-- Asymmetric bezel looked awkward. The silver bezel did little to make the screen pop. The screen itself was inset unexplicably 3/8 of an inch. The bezel was sharp on the edge, causing your finger to get raw during extended reading sessions. The unit had a propensity to double turn pages, too. Plus, no additional fonts or software overhaul. I sent it back and ordered the SimpleTouch when it went on sale for $79 dollars.
Still I found myself back on my old Kindle 3 most of the time because of its thin profile but mostly because of the lit case.
The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a game-changer. Buy one. Don't hesitate, it's that good. The GlowLight is slick, but not distracting. It perfectly illuminates the page, without getting in the way or taking away from the material you're reading. It's everything you could want in an ereader. The only thing missing is 3G Wireless, but I didn't use it all that much on the Kindle-- I use Calibre to load my Kindle and Nook. There's a pleasant more intense glow along the top bezel, which sort of says, "Hey! The light is on!" but the illumination is even throughout the page.
The rest of the device is just like the non-GlowLight Simple Touch, but a bit faster in performance. It's an ergonomic wonder with its rubber coating and contoured back. It's lightweight, and the battery lasts pretty much forever, even with the light on. B & N has hit a home run with this device. It's perfect.
I have a passion for e-readers because I love to read. This one device solves a long-standing problem with e-ink technology. Great in the daylight-- out of luck in the dark. Those days are officially over.
If you like e-ink as much as I do for reading-- this is the device you've been waiting for.
Pros Very lightweight. The original model (white) felt light, but started digging into my fingers after holding it for a while. This one is easily half the weight, or so it feels.
Cons None that I can think of.
Summary I often hear people ask "How many people read in the dark?" The answer is, more than you think.
People read on planes, in cars, in beds, and in other dim places that need a little light. This Nook can provide that light without having to turn on overhead lamps and disturb the people nearby.
I also like that it's just a simple reader. I don't need a browser and an audio player and a Sudoku puzzle generator and other assorted features. I use my reader to read.
I don't want my reader to have an identity crisis. I like that it's simple. If you want a tablet, buy a tablet. But if you want a reader, buy this Nook.
Pros - Glow light is wonderful - even, soft light. This solves the one major problem with e-ink readers for me.
- Very small and light, even with a B&N case. No wrist or finger/thumb strain.
- Crisp, sharp text that is easy on the eyes.
Cons - Battery life with glow light is short.
Summary This device fills a niche that I think will become increasingly important. Though the trend has been toward one device that can do everything, people are starting to figure out that reading - really reading, as in real books - is a unique activity that requires a different interface than surfing the web or playing Angry Birds. .If you read a lot, and read entire books, the iPad/Android/mythical Microsoft tablet is too heavy and the screen causes eyestrain over long periods of time. Even a kindle fire or a Nook color can be too heavy for extended reading.
The simpletouch with glowlight is the first dedicated ereader I've seen that makes sense to buy in addition to an iPad or larger multifunction tablet. It's so light and small, you barely notice it's in your bag. And it's easy on the hands. The addition of a built-in light, the big differentiator with the kindle, makes it comfortable to read anywhere.
Bottom line: if you actually read, this is indispensable. If you're a casual, occasional reader, you're probably good sticking with a multifunction tablet.
Pros 1) Almost perfectly uniform built-in lighting, while still having a battery life measured in weeks. Wow!
2) No distracting notifications from emails, etc.
3) Now the screen looks more white than gray! Much better contrast for ease of reading!!!
Cons When highlighting a single word, I wish...
1)...a dictionary definition would automatically be furnished for the highlighted word.
2)...that one of the options would be to find other locations of that word (for looking up a character name).
Summary For serious readers, this device is "the nut". This comes with all the functionality of the Nook Simple Touch, so it's touchscreen, meaning, for example, that by touching and holding a single word, you can be given the option of looking up the definition of that word in the built in dictionary.
What's also nice is that this device is not an app happy tablet. Serious readers don't want a tablet with distractions and temptations. This baby gets down to serious reading business. And only serious reading business.
So many times, even during the day, I'm in a room that's just barely dark enough to need a light to read a book. Borderline darkness. This Glowlight Nook solves the problem - you can turn on its light with a low intensity, just enough to make the page look perfectly bright. Further, it makes the page look more white, than gray, so the black type stands out bold and strong.
Get one! Do it NOW!
Pros Lightweight, user friendly, lighted screen
Cons Limited functionality
Summary This is my third Nook e-reader. I started with the first generation e-ink device, and was given the Nook Color as a gift. I figured I would use the Nook Color for more than reading; alas, I rarely did. All I did with it was read in bed, and while it's a highly capable e-reader, battery life was annoyingly short and it's also a bit too big and heavy for my taste while reading before bed. Given all of that, the Nook Simple Touch with the lighted screen is a perfect choice for me and will be perfect for those who simply want to read e-books whether in bed or not.