13 Replies Latest reply on Jun 17, 2012 7:27 PM by h2oskierc

    Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow

    DeanGibson

      Yesterday my local B&N called me to let me know that I could pick up this morning, the Nook Glow I had reserved two weeks ago.  After seeing some of the comments about the Nook Glow display not being as sharp as on the Nook Touch, I decided to do a detailed side-by-side comparison, wanting to use the screensaver author images for the comparison.  When the "Nook Specialist" saw what I was doing, she attempted to help by displaying the same text on both devices (the Nook Touch having an anti-glare screen also installed).

       

      Yes, the text (and some icons) on the Nook Touch appeared very slightly higher contrast, but upon closer examination, it appeared that the width of the fonts being used on the Nook Touch were slighly thicker (bolder in a typographical sense), which would create a sense of sharpness and improved readiability.  At any rate, the difference was miniscule.

       

      So, after she was done "helping" me and went to another customer, I resumed my comparison of the images.  I wanted to use the images for comparison, because some of the images have fine lines, and I thought this would be a better comparison of any "sharpness" issue.

       

      I could find no consistent difference when comparing the images.  For the difference in the text/icon comparison, perhaps the rendering engine in the v1.1.5 software (Nook Glow) is slightly different than in the v1.1.2 software (Nook Touch).

       

      The following observations were made at home, in a dark room when appropriate:

       

      Note that even the slightest amount of "GlowLight" appeared to significantly improve the contrast on the Nook Glow (well beyond that of the Nook Touch), even in normal light.  I did note that when viewing dark areas new the top of the screen, that the dark areas were very slightly "blotchy".  This was not a factor in viewing text.

       

      With the GlowLight turned well up, the lighting was slightly brighter in the top 1/2' or so of the display.  Yes, you can see the LEDs if you hold the device at the right angle, but that's an angle that no one in their right mind would use for reading.  On my unit, the bright line at the top edge was similarly not visible at normal reading angles.

       

      My verdict:

       

      • Some of the reviews are really picky (and I consider myself to be a perfectionist).
      • Any concern about sharpness is unfounded (same parenthetical comment).
      • The evenness of the lighting is not perfect (there, I've restored my reputation).
      • Very little GlowLight is required to read in a very dark room (as others have noted as well).

       

      Software design/implementation/documentation minor flaws:

       

      1. Pressing and holding the "n" button to turn the GlowLight on/off seems to need about three seconds, not the two seconds mentioned in the manual and on the screen.
      2. When you have the GlowLight on and the screen times out and reverts to the screensaver image, the screen & manual say to press the "n" button for two seconds to turn the GlowLight on, so that you can see to swipe/unlock the screen.  In fact, you need to press and release the "n" button to get the swipe/unlock graphic to appear, and then press and hold the "n" button again to turn the GlowLight on.  However, it is not necessary to see in order to swipe/unlock the screen;  that can be easily done by feel in total darkness.
      3. If the above case, if you don't turn the GlowLight back on before the swipe/unlock and you want it on thereafter, you will have to turn it on after the swipe/unlock.  I think one might expect it to come back on after the swipe/unlock if you had it on before, and it would be nice to have that as an option, or (only if the light was on) turn the light on and pop up the GlowLight setting page (so that you would notice if you resumed reading in a bright environment.).

       

        • Re: Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow

          Thanks for the detailed review!  I expect to get mine this weekend, finally. 

           

          • Re: Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow
            SuperC142

            Excellent write-up!

            • Re: Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow
              MacMcK1957

              kenwinston wrote:

              ... 

              2. The battery life is not what's advertised. Based on my reading patterns of about an hr/night, the battery with the glow light lasts no more than 3 days. This isn't a huge problem but I really expected the device to live up to the ad of roughly a month.

               ...


              Many people have reported similar experiences with new Nooks (even the non-glow).  It seems the battery monitor often takes a week or so to calibrate, so it shows as draining very quickly when in fact there's actually still plenty of juice left. A few charging cycles usually resolves the issue.

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                Byteguy

                DeanGibson,

                 

                Unlike others, I do NOT want to thank you for your post.  I am TRYING to stay happy with my perfectly wonderful 11-month-old NST.  A well written, detailed, and blanced review like this is NOT helping me.

                 

                Cut it out.

                  • Re: Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow

                    Byteguy wrote:

                    DeanGibson,

                     

                    Unlike others, I do NOT want to thank you for your post.  I am TRYING to stay happy with my perfectly wonderful 11-month-old NST.  A well written, detailed, and blanced review like this is NOT helping me.

                     

                    Cut it out.


                    If you feel this way you shouldn't read any threads titled with anything regarding the "Nook Glow."

                     

                     

                    DeanGibson,

                     

                    Thanks for this great in depth comparison. I was kind of hesitant as many people were commenting that the Glow Light lost a great deal of contrast compared to the NST.

                    • Re: Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow
                      msmoonlite

                      Byteguy wrote:

                      DeanGibson,

                       

                      Unlike others, I do NOT want to thank you for your post.  I am TRYING to stay happy with my perfectly wonderful 11-month-old NST.  A well written, detailed, and blanced review like this is NOT helping me.

                       

                      Cut it out.


                       

                       

                      LOL!!LOL!!

                       

                      Dean Gibson you're such an ENABLER.

                    • Getting turned on
                      DeanGibson

                      You can turn the GlowLight™ on/off in the following ways:

                       

                      1. One click: Press and hold the "n" button for two three seconds.
                      2. Two clicks (when not reading an eBook): Tap the top bar light bulb icon to pop-up the "Quick Settings" dialog, then tap the GlowLight™ on/off (or adjust the intensity).
                      3. Three clicks (when reading an eBook):  Tap the center of the page, then tap the top bar light bulb icon to pop-up the "Quick Settings" dialog, then tap the GlowLight™ on/off (or adjust the intensity).
                      4. Three clicks: Click the "n" button, then tap the GlowLight™ icon at the bottom to pop-up the "Quick Settings" dialog, then tap the GlowLight™ on/off (or adjust the intensity).
                      5. Four clicks: Click the "n" button, then tap the "settings" icon at the bottom, then tap the GlowLight™ menu item, then tap the GlowLight™ on/off (or adjust the intensity).

                       

                      Why the "GlowLight™" menu item is a separate menu item (#5), rather than under the "screen" menu item (same number of clicks/taps), is unknown to me;  that's where it belongs (from a design point of view), and would result in a "cleaner" menu item list.  It's not like method #5 is the fastest way to turn the GlowLight™ on/off anyway; it's the slowest, and will probably be used the least.  I understand that B&N is proud of this feature, but I think the software designers got carried away ...

                       

                      • Re: Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow
                        Thanks for the reviews everyone! I am feeling more and more like this is the ereader for me. Patiently (not really) awaiting the arrival of my NST-GL (green lantern?) in my local store. Really regretting the in store preorder option at this point. :smileysad:
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                            level4op

                            Good information on everyones post.  I receive a call as well and picked up my NSTG on Friday.  I don't plan on keeping it.  I really don't need another devise, but I wanted to check it out.  I have a Tablet, a Kindle and a Nook Color....Don't ask.  I've been using the glow light and I'm already down to 43% on the battery life. I started reading on Friday night.  So far, so good.  No issues to report, but I've only had it for a few days.  

                             

                            I have to admit, that I really like it alot. The size and the weight is perfect.  I don't do a lot of night reading, so if I needed another devise, then I would just get the NST.

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                                If you don't intend on keeping it, why would you buy one just to return it?  I would like to thank you for making the price higher for all of us...

                                 

                                And now back to the show:

                                 

                                The glowlight is awesome.  While traveling this weekend I was able to read the whole six hour drive, in the dark.  No eye strain, and those around me didn't even notice that it was on.  Perfect!  Very impressed.

                                 

                                The size and weight is way better when compared to my NOOK 1E.  The screen looks better as well.  Barnes and Noble really did a great job with this device.  Only thing it is missing is the cell radio that my N1E had, but with wifi tethering on my cell phone, I don't need that anyway.

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                              Thank you for the detailed and balanced review.  I've only had the ST to use as my comparison guide, because they didn't even have the Glow on display in my local store when the pre-order was announced (which is another saga unto itself).  But if there aren't appreciable differences in image quality, it's a Go.

                               

                              I've loved every Nook model I've owned - had the first edition that got me through a 10-day European vacation without a need to recharge, have had a Color for nearly a year and it still works fine.  My new Glow (when it arrives) will be my work-horse, carry-everywhere model.

                                • Re: Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow
                                  Newcraft, I have both the Simple Touch and the Simple Touch with GlowLight. The only difference I noticed at all with the new one is that the screen felt different (not as smooth to the touch). I assumed this was due to the material that it is made with, probably because it's what helps the GlowLight work. After reading reviews people have been posting, it seems that the difference in the screen is causing the contrast, or "look", of the screen to be different. I literally had to take out my original Simple Touch and put it right next to my GlowLight to see if there really is a difference, because I initially noticed none. My conclusion is that yes, if you really, really look, it does look slightly different. Not at all in a bad way, just a tiny bit different. In all honesty, it makes no difference when reading a book. I wouldn't have noticed it at all if someone didn't mention it. Anyway, I think you'll love it. The addition of the light makes the upgrade worth it.
                                • Re: Nook Touch vs. Nook Glow

                                  Sorry, Sir or Madam Bibliophile,  I do not agree with you that there is no difference.  I have owned a Nook touch which  I loved but which was lost on a vacation.  I loved it. I thought it was superior to either of my kindle, my fire , and  my nook color.  It  was comfortable to hold and had a very sharp text.  Today I finally picked up a Nook Glow at my local Staples (I buy there  to keep my neighbors employed). Although I fully charged it I am sorry to report the screen appears a tad  more yellowed and the text is no where near as sharp as it had been on the simple touch. Some text is so faint I can hardly see it.  Although there is the ability to adjust the brightness of the "glow" light, apparently there is no way to adjust contrast or brightness on the screen itself for daytime  or lit room reading.  I cannot stress enough how yellow it is. I am presently planning to return it tomorrow for another Nook simple touch. Maybe yours came from a better batch than mine, but  I am really disappointed with what I ended up with here...