Nook GlowLight Review
I so look forward to my time to read at night because for me reading in bed is not only a hobby, it’s more of a necessity. It helps me relax and wind down from a busy day. If I don’t read at night, my sleep suffers. So of course when the Nook with GlowLight came out I had to try it. And I have not been disappointed. The new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is perfect for nighttime reading.
With GlowLight, reading is possible regardless of the external light conditions. It is basically a glowing, soft, white light that has been added to the top of the e-reader behind the display glass. The light is distributed throughout the reading panel, enabling comfortable reading even in the dark.
The GlowLight isn’t wimpy illumination either. It is nice and bright. Rather than utilizing a backlit screen, the Nook just glows a sort of bluish white, which I find is really easy on the eyes. The intensity of the light can be adjusted, too, and the Nook remembers the brightness and makes it the default setting the next time the ereader is switched on.
I like that the light feature does not compromise on daylight reading. With an anti-glare built-in screen protector, the Nook ensures a comfortable reading experience outside in the bright sunlight, as well as inside in the dark.
As I mentioned, apart from the GlowLight technology, this ereader is basically the same as its predeccessor, the Nook Simple Touch.
It has the same 800MHz TI OMAP 3 processor, 2GB memory expandable to 32GB with a microSD Card, and WiFi technology.
Its dimensions at 6.5X5 inches remain virtually unchanged.
But despite the new lighting technology, this reader is actually 5% lighter than the previous model and weighs less than 7 ounces, making it a breeze to hold.
The Home Page is pretty much the same, displaying where you are in the current read, with new books and book recommendations at the bottom.
There are plenty of ways to customize the reading experience, and everything from shopping to reading is intuitive and straightforward.
All the other services offered by B&N are offered in this device too: the lovely book lending and sharing apps, for instance, and of course the standard features like highlighting, adding notes and looking up meanings on Webster’s.
Using its reliable WiFi feature, Nook readers have access to more than 2.5 million books and periodicals and growing.
Where this Nook really excels (apart from the GlowLight, of course) is in its incredible battery life. B&N claims the battery will last a whole month without recharging, even if used for an hour daily and I totally agree.
The Barnes & Nobles Nook Touch with GlowLight is a great bargain. With a super long battery life, reliable WiFi, the new GlowLight feature, nice display and a large collection of available books, this e-reader really has a lot to offer.