Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Simple Touch GlowLight vs Color

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

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

Battery life, Recharge time and boot-up

Reviews

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

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 8 hour 3.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly lighter weight 198 g vs 422 g 2.1x lighter weight
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 3.5 hours Around 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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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
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs
Color 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 600
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 169 ppi
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

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

storage

Memory 2 GB 5 GB

form factor

Size 127 x 165 x 12 mm 127 x 205 x 12.2 mm
Weight 198 g 422 g
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs
Color 
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

RAM 256 MB 512 MB
Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
XLS
DOC
PDF
XLX
TXT
PPT
ePUB
CBZ

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore NOOK Book Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.27 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.84 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $9.64
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations Yes Yes
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