Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Simple Touch GlowLight vs HD

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 and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (30-pin port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 10.5 hour More than 2.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs 30-pin port 100% better Input/Output port
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Lighter weight 198 g vs 315 g More than 35% lighter weight
Noticeably quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4.5 hours Around 35% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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Has an app store NOOK Apps vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
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
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
Thinner 11 mm vs 12 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly faster processor 1,300 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 65% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 800 x 600 Around 2.8x higher resolution screen
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

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs
HD 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1440 x 900
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 242 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) microSD (up to 64GB)
Memory 2 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 127 x 165 x 12 mm 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm
Weight 198 g 315 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs
HD 
Input/Output port micro-USB 30-pin port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 256 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,300 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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