Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T1 vs Simple Touch GlowLight

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

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Reviews from multiple trusted sites

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 bookstore, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Reader PRS-T1

Reasons to consider the
Sony Reader PRS-T1

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Significantly thinner 8.9 mm vs 12 mm More than 25% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Lighter weight 168 g vs 198 g More than 15% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 2 hours vs 3 hours Around 35% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (Reader Store) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Much bigger bookstore 3.27 M book (NOOK Book Store) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) 4x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 15 hour 2x longer battery life; read more between charges

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T1  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 166 ppi
Multitouch Yes Yes

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Reader Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.64
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 173 x 110 x 8.9 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 168 g 198 g
Headphone jack Yes No

technical specs

Reader PRS-T1  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
RAM 256 MB 256 MB
Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz

features

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

storage

Internal storage 1.4 GB 1.26 GB
Memory 1.3 GB 2 GB
Sony Reader PRS-T1
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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight
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