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Much improved, but the competition is still winning

73

The GlowLight has a much nicer display than the last-gen model, but other e-readers still offer better screens. In the meantime, too, the GlowLight has lost some defining features like a microSD slot and physical page-turn buttons.

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    7.7
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    8.0
  • Store and selection of titles
    7.3
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Document support
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
    7.6
  • Durability
    6.7
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
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7.0
Engadget Nov 5, 2013

The GlowLight has a much nicer display than the last-gen model, but other e-readers still offer better screens. In the meantime, too, the GlowLight has lost some defining features like a microSD slot and physical page turn buttons.

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8.0
CNET Nov 6, 2013

While it doesn't necessarily beat the Kindle Paperwhite, the $119 Nook GlowLight is an excellent e-reader that's strongly worth considering if you don't want to buy into the Amazon ecosystem.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 5, 2013

The attractively designed Barnes & Noble's Nook GlowLight should please existing Nook and B&N store fans alike, although some may not like its reduced feature set.

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7.0
Gizmodo Nov 7, 2013

If you don't let vanity and the size of your pockets control your day-to-day life, the new Nook GlowLight is a solid choice ... Follow your heart. And if it leads you to the Nook GlowLight, you won't regret it.

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4.0
Wired Nov 19, 2013

The original GlowLight was a great device when it launched. Instead of pushing things forward, the latest version feels like an e-reader that got stuck in time. It’s at least a generation behind other offerings and introduces more problems than it solves.

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Engadget Oct 30, 2013

There's no expandable storage, though the onboard amount has been doubled to 4GB (also double that of the Paperwhite). The UI and store, meanwhile, have been simplified to the essentials -- probably the best for an e-reader.

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CNET Oct 30, 2013

Aside from improving the display and slimming the chassis, the biggest enhancement Barnes & Noble has made is to the integrated light -- the GlowLight is now significantly brighter at its highest setting, looks whiter, and displays more evenly across the screen.

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PC Mag Oct 30, 2013

...it's much brighter and more uniform than the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight. I saw a little shadowing and blooming at the top edge, but otherwise it's a huge improvement over the first model .... Otherwise, the device appeared to respond relatively quickly, with reasonably fast page turns...

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TechCrunch Oct 29, 2013

As always, I’ll refrain from passing judgment on the thing until we get to take the final hardware for a spin, but Barnes & Noble has made plenty of thoughtful choices here. If I wasn’t so invested in Amazon’s vast, vast content ecosystem, I’d definitely consider making the switch — it’s...

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GigaOM Oct 29, 2013

What’s new here? As with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite ... changes are largely incremental: A “warm white” silicone case, improved light, smoother page turns and new fonts.

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Time Oct 30, 2013

The new GlowLight weighs just 6.2 ounces — less than the old one, and over an ounce less than the new Paperwhite. It’s easy to hold and…well, cute, in a way that the more austere Paperwhite is not.

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