Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Simple Touch GlowLight vs Mini

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com, theverge.com and reviews.cnet.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  based on its display, bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 10 hour 3x longer battery life; read more between charges
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Lighter weight 198 g vs 312 g More than 35% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 3.6 hours More than 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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Has an app store Mac App Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Much thinner 7.2 mm vs 12 mm 40% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Bigger screen 7.9" vs 6" More than 30% bigger screen
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Higher resolution screen 1024 x 768 vs 800 x 600 Around 65% higher resolution screen

Reviews Word on the street

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs iPad Mini 

7.7
7.9

8.3
9.0
Battery life has been nearly identical as well, though if you're using a lot of cellular data you're probably more likely to see a dip.
iPad Mini

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs
iPad Mini 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 768
Screen size 6" 7.9"
Pixel density 166 ppi 162 ppi
Built-in light GlowLight LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No Yes
Web browser No Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 64 GB

connectivity

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs
iPad Mini 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
Cellular data None 4G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

technical specs

RAM 256 MB 512 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,000 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore NOOK Book Store iBookstore
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $9.45
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 36
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

form factor

Housing type Plastic and soft-touch rubber Aluminum and glass
Size 127 x 165 x 12 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Weight 198 g 312 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
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