"Great Dedicated EReader"4.0 starson by llcowgirl
Pros: Great reader for low price, Responsive touch screen, lightweight & comfortable to hold, long battery, e ink pearl,
Cons: No onboard method to manage files, No landscape mode, limited number of file formats, doesn't hande Adobe Acrobat files well.
Summary: I've had this reader for almost 2 weeks & I'm very pleased with it. I purchased it directly from a B&N Bookstore & bought the 2 year protection plan. I have been reading eBooks on a Palm TX since 2007 using mobi/prc files. I liked the small size & ease of use provided by the touch screen on my Palm & was not finding anything that I would spend money on to replace it. I purchased an Aztak Pocket Pro last year but was very disappointed with the eink screen and the cumbersome navigation.
2 weeks ago my Palm broke & I was forced to find a new eReader. After reading a few reviews and trying out the demo in the store I decided on the Simple Touch. The touch screen is great! Very responsive! There are also imbedded buttons to turn pages as well. The pearl e-ink is very clear & easy on the eyes. I like that the screen refreshes every 6 pages or so with very little or no shadowing. My eyes had a hard time with the black screen flash on every page turn with my Pocket Pro. I did have one occasion where the shadowing was really bad. I fixed it by turning the screen saver on & off, I think it might have had something to do with the Adobe Acrobat file I was reading. Adobe Acrobat files are not as easy to read as epub files on the Simple Touch.
I considered the Nook Color, but changed my mind as soon as I picked it up, way to heavy. The Simple Touch is very light and easy to hold with one hand.(I have small hands) I would like to see a Landscape mode added. It would also be nice to have a night mode so I can read while waiting for my kids to fall asleep.
One drawback is that there is no onboard method to manage files/memory use. I would like the option to have books listed by Title only w/out the Author name so there are more books listed on a page. A few reviewers had to replace their nook several times & I hope that they just received a lemon. So far no freezing or any other issues.