Barnes & Noble nook GlowLight

73
Engadget
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight review: much improved, but the competition is still winning

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.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Much-improved frontlight
  • Better display than last time
Cons
  • No more physical page buttons
  • The microSD slot has been removed
  • Frontlighting still not on par with the competition
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Model

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
Internal storage
4 GB
Battery life
Up to2 month

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome
Screen size
6 inches
Resolution
Other (758, 1024)
Touchscreen
yes (Infrared [finger])
Illumination
Built-in front light

Alternate display

Secondary display
no

Reading / content

Reading features
Bookmarks, Notes, Highlighting
Downloadable media
yes (Books, Magazines, News)
Text format support (native)
EPUB, Adobe PDF (pdf)

Media

Audio playback
no
Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
4 GB

Power

Battery life
Up to2 month