Barnes & Noble nook Simple Touch

from  $78.54+
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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Engadget Review

Barnes & Noble Nook WiFi review

Many who follow the e-reader market keep coming back to the same question: how long does it realistically have left? The explosion of tablets and reader apps for smartphones have left their respective impacts on the space, while the market for devoted readers continues to be dominated by Amazon's Kindle. Undaunted, both Kobo and Barnes & Noble launched new black and white e-readers based around the same touch and display technologies last week. After all, despite increased competition from outside the space, the reader market continues to be a vibrant one -- and after the Nook Color proved it was an undercover tablet all along, Barnes and Noble has hit back with this latest Nook as proof of its focus on one thing: reading.

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

100
llkats
As my ratings above suggest, I'm in love with my Nook. As a lifelong reader,...read more
80
toddos
So far I love my Nook. The Pros are pretty obvious, so here's a list of minor...read more
80
kris
I've been wanting an e-reader for a while now; as much as I love physical books...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to60 hour

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
Bookmarks, Notes, Highlighting
Downloadable media
yes (Books, Magazines, News) (yes)
Text format support (native)
EPUB, Adobe PDF (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 (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (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 to60 hour

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
no