Nook Simple Touch w/Glow Light
Reading in the bedroom when your partner is trying to sleep can lead to some unwelcome conversations. Many have trouble sleeping with any light on and using a flashlight like when you were five is probably not something you’d want to do. But Nook has a great answer to this particular demand, but it’s kind of an expensive one.
The Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch w/Glow Light is almost identical to the regular Simple Touch. In fact, at first glance, you wouldn’t really even notice a difference at all. Inside it has the same specs that the other has, which includes a TI processor, 2 GB of memory storage, and a black and white six inch e-Ink screen. While it has some minor differences like being a shade lighter as well as being better on battery, especially if you aren’t using the light, the main feature is the glow light of course.
Now the glow light isn’t your standard back lighting that most things have. Instead, it has a light on the top of the screen that illuminates the entire reading field. This actually works better than you’d expect in that the light seems fairly evenly distributed, even though it is a bit brighter at the top, but it does seem to be less intense on the eyes all around. It can also be adjusted to one’s preference, which is helpful in really dark situations where you might want to have the least amount of illumination possible. It can, if need be though, be bright enough actually light up your whole face if you want that.
This new version of the Nook also comes with the 1.1 version of the OS, which features double time per battery charge (1 hour a day lasting for two months without the light or one month with the light), more contrast on the pages, a slightly faster scroll and a bit quicker page turner. And I do mean a bit. It’s not something that you are going to be truly impressed with.
The glow light does come with a price, and that price is $40 more than the standard Simple Touch, which may be a bit hard to chew for some customers. After all, there are more functional tablets out there that are in the $139.99 price range. But if you want something easy to just read novels by, this may not be a bad choice, especially if it avoids those arguments in the bedroom.