07-16-2012 12:44 AM
Does the Nook ST overheat when out in the hot sun (like on the beach)?
Last May on a cruise it was pretty hot and the screen kept fading in and out and pages turned slowly. When I put it in the shade a while it stopped until I tried reading it in the sun again.
Is this normal expeced behavior from the Nook ST?
07-16-2012 01:32 AM
This has not happened to me. My nook has worked fine on the handful of times that I've taken it to the beach or read in the sun in the yard. But, I live in Seattle, so mid-eighties is hot for us here.
07-16-2012 06:47 AM
07-16-2012 10:27 AM - edited 07-16-2012 10:32 AM
Most electronic devices will have problems if they get too hot. You'll see this frequently if you use your phone as a GPS mounted on your dash, particularly in places like Las Vegas. My phone will actually issue a warning and shut down, but performance degrades well before that. I don't know if the NST has such thermal protection, but I suspect such a low end device doesn't
"Direct sunlight" can mean many different things, but basically, for consumer type devices, if you're hot, the device is hot. Any time the exterior is near the same temperature as the interior of a device, there will be cooling problems. Try to keep it out of the direct sun when not actually in use, and perhaps in the shade when outside in direct sunglight for extended periods. A case might help, but only for a bit longer.
It will work well outdoors, but it can overheat!
07-18-2012 06:05 PM
I constantly read outside with my Nook. I am located in Charlotte, NC so the weather is usually between 80-100 degrees. I owned the ST and the Glowlight version. Both models exhibited similar issues when used in direct sunlight. The pages turned slower and the text seemed to be more noticable during each page turn. I also checked a friends and hers does the exact same thing.
Definitely annoying for those of us who like to read outside, but it appears to be "normal" behavior.
07-20-2012 09:26 PM
My car broke down during my most recent move, and (since I had my cat with me), kitty and I waited outside at the dealer's while it was repaired. It was HOT. I can't tell you how hot for sure, but you could safely say it was in the 90s. We were in the shade, but after about an hour (and a half?) my NOOK was slowing down a lot. I figured it was just too hot for it. No damage done, and it hasn't done the same since.
It doesn't bother me much, since I'm not one for hot temperatures myself. Given a choice, I would never have chosen to spend that much time reading outside anyhow.
08-02-2012 07:52 PM
Today I spent several hours reading my NST outside. It was a bright, clear day, about 70 degrees (bless the Oregon coast!).
If the sun was shining directly on the screen, there was significant ghosting between page refreshes. Many times, I quickly clicked the button on the bottom of the device to force a refresh.
I experimented with keeping half the screen in the shade while exposing the other half to the sun. The shady half had no ghosting, the exposed part did. Neither part got hot.