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NOOK Simple Touch review

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8/10
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The NOOK Simple Touch currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Nook Simple Touch Reader is one of the latest eReaders to enter the market. It comes in at around 6 inches in height and 0.47 inches in thickness. This makes it one of the lighter eReaders on the market. It is smaller that the Amazon Kindle, however, it is thicker. While it might not be exactly pocket size, it is definitely easy to carry around with you.

The Pearl E Ink technology found in most eReaders is present in the Nook, and this technology really does make reading easy on these devices. While reading, it seems as if you are viewing actual ink on paper as opposed to an electronic screen. There is minimal strain on the eyes and almost no glare when out in the sunlight. There is a Nook Color version for those who want to play games in color or read comics or picture books. However the black and white version features the E Ink technology.

The Nook is very simple to use, with a home page having links to all the books you have downloaded as well as links to the Music Player and Web Browser. There is great battery life, with the Nook being able to last a week or more on one charge. The standby time can range up to six weeks on one charge. The Nook Simple Touch does not have a keyboard like the Amazon Kindle does, instead preferring to use the touch screen system.

Simplicity is the key to the Nook. If you want an eReader that can store all your eBooks, while allowing WiFi internet access and a music player, then the eReader is the device for you. It may lack the advanced features of the iPad or Nook Color, but it is a great device for reading and transporting your eBooks collection.

Need to Know: NOOK Simple Touch Reader

1. E Ink Technology. (The Good)

2. Web Browser and WiFi. (The Good)

3. Heavier than the Kindle. (The Bad)

4. Lack of a color screen. (The Bad)


Screen Size
6"
Storage
2 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
-


What the Critics Are Saying...


The eBook Reader

The Nook Touch and Kobo Touch are both solid, quality ebook readers for the price, but I'd personally choose the Nook over the Kobo at this time simply because I like the page-turn buttons and the hackable Android OS. The Kobo Touch wins in couple of important categories against the Nook. As mention...

- Nathan, The eBook Reader
TabletPCReview

The NOOK STR is the perfect eReader device for anyone who just wants to read, without a lot of the bells & whistles found on the NOOK Color or the much higher price tag of something like the iPad. It's dead simple to use, so you can safely hand it to your mother or even your grandmother and not...

- Jen Edwards, TabletPCReview
Business Insider

If you want an e-reader to read and only read, definitely. I don't have enough experience to judge whether or not the Nook is better than the Kindle, but many, including Consumer Reports, think it is. E-readers still haven't hit that $99 sweet spot, but $139 seems more than fair to me for such a gre...

- Steve Kovach, Business Insider
BGR

The choice between going with a Barnes & Noble eReader and an Amazon reader is a tough one. Amazon offers the new “Kindle with Special Offers” for $114, which is surely an attractive offer to some (in fact, it’s currently the best selling Kindle). The NOOK and Kindle also have...

- Todd Haselton, BGR
TechCrunch

The Nook and devices like it will save – and change the publishing industry and, more important, will effect the way we read for centuries to come. This is a moment of absolute shift, with old paradigms dropping out from under us. I see devices like the Nook as tools that will encourage book d...

- John Biggs, TechCrunch


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Screen Size
6"

The NOOK Simple Touch's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Backlight
No

There is no built-in backlight.

Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

NOOK Simple Touch Specs

Overview
Release date June 1, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
SIM card No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 2 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1530 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 60 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.5 x 12.7 x 1.2 cm (6.5 x 5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 212 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features Infrared Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): NOOK Touch, The All-New NOOK, NOOK Smart Touch

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Critic Reviews


The eBook Reader

Page-turn buttons and the hackable Android OS make the Nook Touch the better choice

from The eBook Reader

The Nook Touch and Kobo Touch are both solid, quality ebook readers for the price, but I'd personally choose the Nook over the Kobo at this time simply because I like the page-turn buttons and the hackable Android OS. The Kobo Touch wins in couple of important categories against the Nook. As ment...More

The Nook Touch and Kobo Touch are both solid, quality ebook readers for the price, but I'd personally choose the Nook over the Kobo at this time simply because I like the page-turn buttons and the hackable Android OS. The Kobo Touch wins in couple of important categories against the Nook. As mentioned above, the web browser works better, PDF support is better, and it supports a few extra formats. It is also available in more countries than the Nook, which is US only. In the end, you really can't go wrong with either. Both do what they were designed to do.

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TabletPCReview

Perfect for anyone who just wants to read, without a lot of the bells & whistles

from TabletPCReview

The NOOK STR is the perfect eReader device for anyone who just wants to read, without a lot of the bells & whistles found on the NOOK Color or the much higher price tag of something like the iPad. It's dead simple to use, so you can safely hand it to your mother or even your grandmother and n...More

The NOOK STR is the perfect eReader device for anyone who just wants to read, without a lot of the bells & whistles found on the NOOK Color or the much higher price tag of something like the iPad. It's dead simple to use, so you can safely hand it to your mother or even your grandmother and not worry about whether or not she'll be able to use it. The screen is crisp, the touchscreen navigation is far superior to the Kindle, and the battery life is excellent. If it were a 3G device like the original NOOK, or like the Kindle, it would be almost perfect, and the best eInk reader device on the market. As it is, it's still highly recommended, but if the user/gift recipient doesn't have Wi-Fi and doesn't regularly visit a B&N store (which has a Wi-Fi network to which the NOOK STR will automatically connect, no setup required), actually getting books onto the device could be a slight problem, especially for less tech-savvy users. It's definitely worth a closer look, however, and definitely recommended. If you don't have to have 3G access and a full web browser, it's a budget priced alternative that is worth serious consideration. It's a great addition to Barnes & Noble's lineup of eReader devices, filling an important niche with fantastic ease-of-use and killer touchscreen navigation.

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Business Insider

It's light and very easy to use

from Business Insider

If you want an e-reader to read and only read, definitely. I don't have enough experience to judge whether or not the Nook is better than the Kindle, but many, including Consumer Reports, think it is. E-readers still haven't hit that $99 sweet spot, but $139 seems more than fair to me for such a...More

If you want an e-reader to read and only read, definitely. I don't have enough experience to judge whether or not the Nook is better than the Kindle, but many, including Consumer Reports, think it is. E-readers still haven't hit that $99 sweet spot, but $139 seems more than fair to me for such a great reading experience. There is one reason to wait though. The Kindle is due for a refresh soon, and it's very possible Amazon will knock our socks off with a fancy new reader. If you can wait, see what Bezos and friends have to offer first.

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BGR

The all new Nook has pushed the current bounderies in eReader technology

from BGR

The choice between going with a Barnes & Noble eReader and an Amazon reader is a tough one. Amazon offers the new “Kindle with Special Offers” for $114, which is surely an attractive offer to some (in fact, it’s currently the best selling Kindle). The NOOK and Kindle also have different book stores, of course, so if you’re upgrading from a Kindle you won’t be able to take your old books with you — at least, not without a few workarounds....

More

The choice between going with a Barnes & Noble eReader and an Amazon reader is a tough one. Amazon offers the new “Kindle with Special Offers” for $114, which is surely an attractive offer to some (in fact, it’s currently the best selling Kindle). The NOOK and Kindle also have different book stores, of course, so if you’re upgrading from a Kindle you won’t be able to take your old books with you — at least, not without a few workarounds.

But for me, it comes down to the overall reading experience, and Barnes & Noble has pushed the current eReader technology boundaries with the new NOOK. Its Pearl E Ink touchscreen display meant I didn’t have the extra bulk of a physical keyboard, and also that the pages refreshed less often — an annoyance that has delayed my personal entry into the eReader market. Most of my previous eBook purchases have been through my Amazon Kindle account — I read books on my phone, computer, and tablets pretty regularly — but the All-New NOOK has convinced me it’s time to make the switch.

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TechCrunch

It's well ahead of its competitors in terms of usability and form factor

from TechCrunch

The Nook and devices like it will save – and change the publishing industry and, more important, will effect the way we read for centuries to come. This is a moment of absolute shift, with old paradigms dropping out from under us. I see devices like the Nook as tools that will encourage book discovery and, if priced properly, reduce book piracy in the way the iTunes made it “cool” to pay for music. I’m not naive enough to believe that Nook users won’t pirate books and I think the built-in store system is useful and invisible enough to make the purchasing process quite comfortable. In the end I think each new iteration of the Nook and the Kindle will be the “best” of breed at launch. As each new device surfaces, manufacturers will perfect these devices as we move inexorably towards a paperless future. Rather than say this is a war between Kindle and Barnes & Noble, we must term this a battle between the old guard and the new, paper books and ebooks. And, clearly, ebooks are winning....

More

The Nook and devices like it will save – and change the publishing industry and, more important, will effect the way we read for centuries to come. This is a moment of absolute shift, with old paradigms dropping out from under us. I see devices like the Nook as tools that will encourage book discovery and, if priced properly, reduce book piracy in the way the iTunes made it “cool” to pay for music. I’m not naive enough to believe that Nook users won’t pirate books and I think the built-in store system is useful and invisible enough to make the purchasing process quite comfortable. In the end I think each new iteration of the Nook and the Kindle will be the “best” of breed at launch. As each new device surfaces, manufacturers will perfect these devices as we move inexorably towards a paperless future. Rather than say this is a war between Kindle and Barnes & Noble, we must term this a battle between the old guard and the new, paper books and ebooks. And, clearly, ebooks are winning.

 

 

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PCWorld

Fantastic reading experience, but held back by its stiff button design

from PCWorld

I can't say that the Nook is the absolute best e-reader available today, but it comes close. Nook gets marked down for its terrible button design and inconsistent contrast; and yet, it wins favor for its interface and touch navigation. Those factors, coupled with its light weight and long battery...More

I can't say that the Nook is the absolute best e-reader available today, but it comes close. Nook gets marked down for its terrible button design and inconsistent contrast; and yet, it wins favor for its interface and touch navigation. Those factors, coupled with its light weight and long battery life rating, make Nook a solid choice, as long as you plan to use the touchscreen and not the buttons to page through your books.

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