Review: The Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch

I recently sold my iPad 2 and purchased a Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch Instead.


Having had an iPad since they came out, I finally started reading alot of books on it. With this came a couple of problems.

  1. Very hard to read in bright light. Because of the way the screen works on the iPad, it is difficult (if not impossible) to read in bright light. The nook’s screen is much easier to read on, and isn’t lit on its own, thus it is possible to read even in direct sunlight.
  2. Battery isn’t sufficient. Another big problem with the iPad’s is the battery life. At under 10 hours, it just isn’t sufficient for reading, especially when traveling. When I had an iPad i found myself constantly trying to keep it charged, and it doesn’t charge that quickly either. If you plan to read for hours a day, a 10 hour battery quickly falls short. The Nook lasts for around 2 weeks on one charge. So far i’ve not had to even worry about charging it, I’ve connected it to my computer a couple times in the past month to transfer books, and just letting it charge for a half hour or so while I was playing around with the books on it was sufficient.
  3. Too Heavy. The iPad is also a bit heavy is your holding it up for hours on end. The nook is much lighter and easier to hold. In addition it has page turn buttons on both sites, so it can easily be held with either hand.


So far the problem’s i’ve had with the Nook are:

  1. Hard to read in low light conditions. This can be easily fixed by attaching a light. I just don’t have one yet.
  2. Organization of Library is horrible. Unlike on the iPad where i can easily organize my books into different collections, this is not possible on the Nook. You can have different shelves, which basically accomplishes the same thing, but since its not possible to sort the book on the computer, nor sort more than one at a time on the device, you have to go into each book, click a couple of things, then go onto the next in order to organize them all.
  3. No Memory! 256MB of memory is sad. This is 2011 (nearly 2012), there is no reason to not have ensured at least 1GB or so of memory is available for books. There is a Micro-SD slot, but I haven’t yet been able to get it to recognize my card. So now I’m keeping all my books in my Calibre library on my mac, and just putting a dozen books or so at a time on the Nook, the books I plan to immediately read. The disadvantage to this is that by not keeping my books on the nook i can’t easily reference them, and I’ll lose any bookmarks and notes that i’ve made while reading.


<Follow Up 5.3.12> So after a few months of using the nook (and having tried the kindle as well), I can say I like the nook much better. However my nook’s memory card slow dead-on-arrival and since I’m traveling outside the states for the time being, its difficult to send it back to get it fixed, so I’m stuck with the little bit of built in memory, which is completely insufficient.

I also wanted to note that because the buttons are somewhat hard to press, after a while reading (i.e. if you’re reading a book for a couple of hours), your fingers and muscles used to push the page turn buttons really get sore.


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