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    New Glow Light, early impressions

      Mine's charging now. It's setup, but I haven't read anything on it outside the user manual.

       

      I had the NST and the 1st gen nook, I skipped the first NSTG.

       

      So my first impressions...

       

      Screen is nice, lighting is very even except for the type couple centimeters where the lights actually come out. You can definitely see shadows there. Visually distracting when I'm looking at it, doubt I'll care when I'm reading.

       

      White bezel doesn't bother me, thought it would.

       

      My one big complain, they really borked up the case situation on this. I loved my old clip on case. I could slide my hand between the case and the back cover and it was a very comfortable way to hold the device. The new covers they're selling just don't do it for me. For $21 all they really are is a screen cover, they don't provide any protection to the device. I'll wait for the 3rd party cases and hope some one does a better job.

       

      So yeah, not much to say, but thought I'd start a thread.

        • 1. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions

          Thank you1 

          • 2. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions
            keriflur

            What are your thoughts on the screen as compared to the NST with the light off on the NGL?  How do you find the contrast?

            • 3. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions

              I realize that some people are hard on their devices but do you really think it needs a cover? My impression on these small eink devices is that they're relatively durable and it would take a fair amount to do damage to the thing. I used to have the Kindle one and I could throw it in my bag and whatever and the screen was never damaged or anything else.

              • 4. Cover versus sleeve
                bobstro

                ConnieL4193 wrote:

                I realize that some people are hard on their devices but do you really think it needs a cover?

                 

                In the past, I've wrapped my toys in a portfolio-type case, or at least a full body cover with some sort of rigid screen cover and screen protector. As prices have come down, my priority has shifted to getting maximum enjoyment out of a device for the 2 years of active use rather than making sure it is in pristine condition when I stick it in a drawer for the last time.

                 

                I think they need protection when being carried around in a bag (e.g. errant keychain), not so much in my mitts sitting around reading. I've moved to using a travel sleeve, along with a skin to protect against minor scratches. I'm torn on screen protectors, but they don't apply to the new NOOK GlowLight.

                 

                There have been some posts using clever home-made wraps (roustabout, iirc) and tube socks that probably do the job more than adequately.

                 

                My impression on these small eink devices is that they're relatively durable and it would take a fair amount to do damage to the thing. I used to have the Kindle one and I could throw it in my bag and whatever and the screen was never damaged or anything else.

                 

                I worry less about the body than screen. For my little Mini, I've occasionally put a piece of cardboard over the screen held in place by a rubber band if nothing else was at hand. I'll always want my screen protected, particularly a larger (7 inch or more) screen that might be subject to flexing. I'll stick some sort of stiffener in the sleeve to protect the screen for those devices. Most eInk devices have the screen recessed a bit, so there's some protection, but I still worry about pens and keys getting loose.
                I did just notice this on the product page: "... With a new top layer material and lamination process, NOOK GlowLight's display stands up to keys, pens, and anything else you might carry with you." I'm not sure "stands up to" means it's something like Corning Gorilla Glass, but I'm still inclined to protect the screen.
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                  ConnieL4193 wrote:

                  I realize that some people are hard on their devices but do you really think it needs a cover? My impression on these small eink devices is that they're relatively durable and it would take a fair amount to do damage to the thing. I used to have the Kindle one and I could throw it in my bag and whatever and the screen was never damaged or anything else.


                  Funny you should mention that, the only real damage I did to a nook was the first generation when I got a pair of headphones stuck between the case and the screen. 

                   

                  I like the cases for two reasons 

                  1) The way I happen to read it makes it easier to hold.

                  2) I like my e-reader to be like a paperback book, I just throw it in my bag and forget about it. Now I feel like I have to pay more attention or get a sleeve which I'll misplace more often than I use.

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                    Does the NGL still have the page turning buttons? That's one of my favorite features of my simple touch.

                    Thanks,
                    Hugh
                    • 7. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions
                      bobstro

                      No, the page turning buttons are lamentably gone.

                      • 8. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions
                        kamas716
                        Looks like they took out the expandable storage?
                        • 9. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions

                          Store functions are totally messed up for me. Anyone else having this?

                          Tapping on books after search does nothing ...

                          Doesn't return nearly full catalog of an author (5 books returned, when there are 23 nook books online) ...

                          BUY NOW button brings me to home page of store instead of book purchase page 

                          etc ...

                           

                           

                          • 10. Re: Cover versus sleeve
                            bobstro

                            There are some YouTube videos showing drop tests on the NST that might be informative. A corner hits splits the bezel from pocket height, but the screen is pretty well protected overall. The case, however, takes a beating.

                             

                            They also put a Kobo Aura through the same tests in another video.

                             

                            Of course, every drop will be different, but you can get a sense for how durable these units are.

                            • 11. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions

                              Only because the new model falls into the member discount -- I bought one (the clerk had to go into the back room as the Nook cabinet was bare <G>).

                               

                              With the light OFF, the display is distinctly greyer than my 1st edition. And, being strictly a reader, there are no games (1st edition had chess and sudoku [though most formal suduko use a symetric starting pattern\).

                               

                              The display is about the same dimension as the 1st edition, but the overall form factor is "odd" (the extra length for the color touchpad makes the 1st edition feel more bookish). Okay, the increased resolution is nice -- I can run a smaller font size without feeling fuzzy.

                               

                              I'm waiting on covers. The current "clip" cover is junk. A 6x9 clasp envelope is as effective. My 1st edition has an easel cover -- using the magnetic closure it will stand up over a cafeteria tray.  My HD+ has the rotating stand. (I did buy a 1st edition cover with an LED light, but never used it).

                               

                              My HD+ primarily gets used for the crossword puzzle, MahJong, Bejeweled II, and the Nook web pages. With the new glowlight, the 1st Edition will likely be left at work (for reading Analog/Asimov and Sudoku), only coming out to refresh the magazine contents.

                               

                              • 12. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions

                                What is their reason for taking away the side buttons?  This is one reason I prefer reading on the NSTGL versus the tablets.

                                • 13. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions

                                  Regarding the syncing, does the device need to be on wi-fi for the syncing to happen?  Thanks

                                  • 14. Re: New Glow Light, early impressions

                                    Ok, so now here are MY first impressions. I really liked the look and feel of it. As stated previously, the white color doesn't bother me. I had a white Kindle once upon a time and it never bothered me then either. I personally think the screen is totally worth the upgrade. I had a NSTG for a short time before I returned it and I definitely remember thinking that the screen resolution was disappointing compared to what I was used to. I was hoping this one would be a significant improvement and it is. Very happy with it. After first signing in and registering, all my content started showing up and the book I'm currently reading was synced the the right page. I'll be keeping an eye on this as well because I want to be able to keep it in sync with my HD+ wihtout a whole lot of hassle.  The touch screen is also more responsive in my opinion. I can turn pages with very little effort (thumb press) so not having the physical keys is a non-issue for me.  About the only thing I will ding it for is the back cover. While the device is pretty and appears to be well made (mho), the back has no edge or lip on which to grab onto with one hand making it somewhat iffy trying to hold it and turn the page with one hand. Either I figure out how to hold it and do that without fear of dropping it or I'll have to come up with some other solution. Not crazy about using a case but we'll see what happens.

                                     

                                    UPDATE:  I decided to test the whole syncing process since this was a definitely issue for me when I had my NSTG (returned). Upon connecting both devices to WiFi and watching them sync, I then went into my current book and low and behold all was right with the world! Both books are in sync. This is already an improvement because before I either had to keep telling one or both to sync or just give up and manually go the page I left off at on the other device. Not this time folks. There is reason for hope now.  :smileyvery-happy:

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