- Screen Size: 6 in
- Resolution: 5800×600
- Controls: Touchscreen and Button Controls
- Memory: 2 GB up to 32GB with microSD
- Weight: 212g
- Formats: EPUP, PDF
- Low Price
- Easy to Use
- Page Turn Buttons
- Low Price
- Limited Functionality
Overview: The NOOK Simple Touch comes from Barnes & Noble and has a very solid reputation as an eReader. For those who want a no-frills device that has a nice, crisp display and Wi-Fi, this may be an ideal choice. It obviously competes directly with the Amazon Kindle Voyage, but it offer some things that the Kindle E-Reader does not do as well.
The NOOK Simple Touch has been around for a long time and it has some of the features that don’t show up as frequently on more recent eReaders that some users might miss. Namely, it has page turn buttons on the side of the device, which makes it a lot easier to flip pages with one hand if you happen to be reading standing up or just don’t want to bother with using the touchscreen.
The NOOK Simple Touch doesn’t have a built-in light, so users will have to have an external reading light if they want to use the device in dark conditions. An updated version called the GlowLight, relatively comparable to the Amazon Paperwhite, has the built in lighting feature, and that may be a better choice for people who don’t want to bother with an external reading light.
This eReader has a very simple interface that makes it easy to find the books you have available. It also has an impressive amount of storage with the addition of a microSD card, allowing you to take plenty of books along with you wherever you go. Even the 2 GB native storage capacity is impressive and should hold enough books for quite a long trip.
This does have Wi-Fi built into it, so it’s easy to buy books, download them and hook up to your network whenever you need to. It is a bit dated compared to the other options on the market, but it has a very sturdy design to it that should hold up for a long time. Battery life is excellent and the screen is very clear and text appears bold and easily readable against the background. In a lot of ways, this device has all of the hallmarks of the reader design that still work, minus the frills that some people might not care about that much.
Using the NOOK Simple Touch is about as easy as it gets. The device has a touchscreen, which works with infrared light that actually projects above the screen, detecting the motion of your fingers. The lack of a backlight might be something of a drawback for some users, but the interface is very easy to read with an external reading light and finding the books you want or buying new ones is very simple. It hooks up to your Barnes & Noble account, making it easy to find whatever material you want to read.
The NOOK Simple Touch runs on the Android operating system, so you can root this device and use other Android applications that don’t come with it on the NOOK Simple Touch. Remember, however, that doing this to your device will void the warranty, so you may want to think twice about doing so if you’re not particularly technically adept. For those who are, being able to enter an eReader however they wish might make it worth it, particularly given the fact that you don’t have to pay much to get a hold of a NOOK Simple Touch.
This device, despite the fact that it is light and comfortable to hold, does feel very sturdy in your hand. Add a cover to it and it feels very much like holding a regular book; a little bit lighter, even. It’s easy to download books and magazines and it does have an interface that provides recommendations based on what you read, so you can always find something new to browse using this device.
The battery life on this device is excellent. It should last you a couple of months per charge if you have average reading habits. Despite the low price tag on this particular eReader, you can count on a very sturdy, very reliable device that offers you plenty of options for reading and that has great Wi-Fi connectivity.
If you are looking to save money, the NOOK Simple Touch is really a great choice. It has remained one of the more popular eReaders on the market for a reason and it is an excellent value. The one drawback for users might be the limited functionality and the lack of a built in light but, if those things don’t matter and all you want is something that allows you to read a book comfortably and easily, it’s really hard to beat the NOOK Simple Touch. For a modest investment, you get a very nice eReader with the basic functionality all included.
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