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Barnes & Noble nook Simple Touch

from  $129.9+
89
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Pros
  • Clear, crisp reading experienceSocial functionalityPortability
Cons
  • Somewhat buggy softwareTouchscreen less than ideal for non-reading interactionNo 3G option
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User Reviews

90
rogueuser
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
WolfTheWolf
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
Clay Schumacher
I have enjoyed my nook very much, it is a great way to read without eye strain....read more
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Model

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
622
Touchscreen
Yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
No
Internal storage
21
Memory card support
MicroSD
Battery life
Up to 6020

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome (16 grayscale levels)
Screen size
6 inches
Resolution
600 x 800
Touchscreen
Yes (Infrared [finger])
Screen PPI
167 ppi
Illumination
None

Alternate display

Secondary display
No

Reading / content

Reading features
Bookmark, Notes, Highlight
Downloadable media
Yes (Books, Magazines, News) (Yes)
Text format support (native)
Epub, Pdf
Integrated dictionary
Yes

Media

Audio playback
No
Photo viewer
Yes (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Input

Keyboard
No

Software / platform

Operating system
Android
Browser
Yes
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (3G)
No
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
2 GB
Memory card support
Yes (MicroSD)

Power

Battery life
Up to 60 hours

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
No