13 Replies Latest reply on Feb 26, 2013 8:57 PM by Rav_Bunneh

    Simple Touch vs. Color

    Quirkifer

      I am starting to come around to the idea of Nooks and Kindles. I read a lot. I rarely go anywhere without a book with me. I do most of my reading at night, but also like to read outside and in the car. I've heard that is a negative with the Nook Colors is that in bright lights it can be hard to read. I work outside in the summer in the sun and have to wear sunglasses, so I'm concerned that I wouldn't be able to use it then. But I also read every night, so I'm concerned about the lack of a backlight on the Simple Touch.

       

      I was playing around with a SimpleTouch and a Nook Color today to compare, and I like the extra features/apps on the Color, and I'd probably use them if I had them, but I'm not sure that I actually need them.

       

      Does anyone have any suggestions/opinions on which would be better for me? The Nook SimpleTouch or the Nook Color for someone who reads constantly, both at night, and in the bright sun?

        • Re: Simple Touch vs. Color
          keriflur

          For anyone who reads a lot for long periods of time I recommend the N2E over the NC.

           

          Reading on the N2E is a lot like reading a regular book.  You can see the text really well in bright sunlight and you need a light to read in the evening.  In the evening with the N2E you would just do whatever you're doing now to be able to read at night with a regular book.  The great thing about the N2E is that you can buy a light that works with it (or just turn on a light), but with the NC there's not really anything you can do in bright sunlight other than to move into the shade.

           

          Also, a lot of people have a hard time falling asleep if they use a backlit screen before bed.  I'm one of those people.  With the N2E it's just like reading a book, I can put it down and fall asleep right away when I'm tired.

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            MarmaladeCat

            I have a Simple Touch which I love.  It's small enough to fit in the side pocket of my purse so it goes everywhere with me.  Reading outside in bright sun or in the office under lights is no problem. As for reading in low light, I have one of those little inexpensive LED clip on book lights that works perfectly when clipped to the Nook cover. I use a screen cover to cut any glare and the light adjusts easily.  I have used back-lit readers before and I tend to get eye strain if I read too long.

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              I own both Nook Color and Simple Touch, and based on my experience, I'd recommend Simple Touch to an avid reader.

              If you are someone who needs something for reading some, checking e-mails, playing games, watching some videos--in other words, less reading, then Nook Color is the way to go.

              However, Simple Touch is the best thing for reading.

              Even though I have both, I tend to use Simple Touch for reading because it is much lighter and you really really do not have to worry about the battery. :smileyhappy:

               

              Also, once you get used to reading on Simple Touch (or even Nook Color for that matter), reading an actual physical book will feel less comfortable and will make you want to grab Simple Touch instead. (I've posted a thread about this experience :smileyhappy: and many people agreed).

              The reasons are....... heaviness of an actual book / having to keep the book open / inability to change fonts, sizes and spacing etc.etc.

              Another reason several people brought up was the availability of a dictionary on Simple Touch which doubles the quality of reading and learning.

               

              I've played around with Kindles (the e-ink ones including the newest version).

              The lack of fonts and other settings make the e-books seem very out of date as if you're reading a document typed with a typewriter.

              But with Nooks in general, various settings enhance the whole reading environment that it makes you feel like you're reading the most recent bestseller rather than an archaic scroll. (Maybe it's just me. :smileyhappy:)

               

              Whichever Nook you'll get, you'll love it, but I recommend the Simple Touch in your case.

               

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                I had the NC and sold it.  It was a very nice device but I like to read on my breaks at work and I found the NC to be too heavy to lug around in my purse every day, especially after the novelty of the apps and stuff wore off and I was back to using it 99% of the time as an ereader.  Also, I've been known to fall asleep while reading in my bed and, let me tell you, you do NOT want to smack yourself in the face with a NC!  LOL!  The N2E is so much nicer to carry around and the battery lasts so long I think I only charge mine about once a month!  Its very comfortable to hold it in one hand.

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                    BeachCatFan

                    I have both the original NOOK and the NC. The one thing I will say about the NC is the battery life........I get so tired of charging it!! Even my original NOOK could go days without having to charge it and just last night I happened to pick up my original NOOK right after having the NC in my hand..............I was amazed at how heavy the NC seemed. And, because of the battery life, I am not sure that the NC would actually be ideal for traveling with............when my original NOOK needs to be replaced, it will be replaced with a N2E.

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                    So, I will go against the grain and tell you to get both.  You can get the CPO N2E for $79 and a CPO NC for $149 (possibly less on overstock or buy.com with coupon).  So for $30 more than a new NC you can get both and then set them up to sync the last page read.  Then you get the best of both worlds.  And that is still less than the NC would have cost you new a month ago.

                    • Re: Simple Touch vs. Color

                      Quirkifer wrote:

                      I am starting to come around to the idea of Nooks and Kindles. I read a lot. I rarely go anywhere without a book with me. I do most of my reading at night, but also like to read outside and in the car. I've heard that is a negative with the Nook Colors is that in bright lights it can be hard to read. I work outside in the summer in the sun and have to wear sunglasses, so I'm concerned that I wouldn't be able to use it then. But I also read every night, so I'm concerned about the lack of a backlight on the Simple Touch.

                       

                      I was playing around with a SimpleTouch and a Nook Color today to compare, and I like the extra features/apps on the Color, and I'd probably use them if I had them, but I'm not sure that I actually need them.

                       

                      Does anyone have any suggestions/opinions on which would be better for me? The Nook SimpleTouch or the Nook Color for someone who reads constantly, both at night, and in the bright sun?


                      My wife has a N1E and N2E, and I have the Nook Color. 

                       

                      Based on what you have written, one device doesn't satisfy all your wants/needs.  If you are buying a device to just "read", then the N2E would be best because reading a Nook Color's LCD screen is not fun in direct sunlight.  TBH, I don't use the "extra features" much anymore on my NC (Nook Color).  In fact, I have recently started using my wife's original Nook (N1E) for reading, as I find it much easier to read on the eInk display than the backlit LCD on the Nook Color.

                       

                      As mentioned in other posts, the NC is pretty heavy, though the N1E isn't much lighter and is roughly the same size.  The N2E, for reading, can't be beat IMO (lightest, smallest, longest battery life, best screen contrast, etc.)

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                        compulsivereaderTX

                        I own the original Nook with the 3G/Wifi and a NookColor. I rarely use the NE1 anymore because it was a pain in the behind to get from one function to the next. The NC is just easier to use. I've seen the SImple Touch and as far as easy to use, it's easy as the NC.

                         

                        If you had asked me the year before I bought the first Nook if I needed an ereader, I would have said "whatever for?" I read a LOT. Seemed a lot to spend when I could pick up a book at walmart for 6-7 bucks. How wrong I was.

                         

                        I thought I would miss reading real books of paper. I don't. It took a few days to get completely comfortable with the device, but I would never go back now.Every second I'm not busy doing something else. I manage to cram in enough reading here and there throughout the day that I often have to plug the NC back in. I had to do that sometimes with my original Nook too. The best part is that I NEVER go through that "I've run out of reading material, what will I DO with myself till I can get back to town to get another one" panic. My library books are never overdue because I forgot to take them with me and it's a long drive back to the house to get them. (They automatically expire if I don't return them early on the Nook). I'm just a very happy reading camper now. :smileyhappy:

                         

                        I was very anti Nook Color when it first came out. I just could not picture being able to read for long periods on it. I get headaches reading for long periods on my computer. And how would I read it outside? Well..I do both now AND I read in full sun. The only problem is that some sunglasses make the NC unreadable. Take them off and the page is clear as a bell. If you HAVE to wear sunglasses though, that will be a problem for you.

                         

                        I love reading my doll reference books on it as I find having the photos in color is easier to see what I need to see.

                         

                        I do VERY minor web browsing on it, because I'm not always where there is wi--fi and of course at home, I have a computer. I play some games on it but mostly I read with it.

                         

                        However...it weighs a ton in my purse. Maybe wouldn't be so bad without a cover on it..but not sticking it in there with my keys, etc without one. The Simple Touch is smaller and much more light weight. I'm planning to buy one soon for my "go everywhere with me Nook". BEcause I'm tired of my shoulders and back killing me if I'm out all day lugging it around.

                         

                        The NC will probably still be my reader of choice at home, especially at night as hubby no longer gripes about the light being on while he's trying to fall asleep. Cookbooks look great on it too.

                         

                        I love the fact that my library is always there and I don't have a million books laying around anymore. Hubby REALLY likes not having them cluttering up everything too. He just has to deal with the panic when I can't remember where I set it down. :smileyhappy:

                         

                        I tried reading a paper book a few weeks ago. OMG..it was so heavy and clumsy in my hand. And worse...I had to TURN THE PAGE...not just swipe or push the button. And keeping it open to the right page and not losing my place. Oh it was terrible the things that book made me do. :smileyhappy: Just kidding. But it was very weird.

                         

                        I've gotten so used to a quick tap or swipe and the page turns,  the swipping action has become automatic on my part now.  It feels more like the page is turning just because I reached the end of the page. Sometimes I forget though to actually SWIPE and patiently sit there waiting for it to turn itself. Feel stupid when I do that.

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                          I have both. I use the Simple Touch 100% of the time. I have not used the Color since I was gifted the Simple Touch. In fact I took the Color out just last night to see if there was anything I was missing out on and there's not. You really cannot beat the screen on the Simple Touch.

                           

                          The statement you made about reading outside clearly says to me you want the Simple Touch. The NOOK Color is like trying to read your cell phone outside; it doesn't work well.

                           

                          My iPhone does everything the Color does, it's faster, and carrying that along with my Simple Touch still weighs far less and fits in my purse.

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                            1914ww

                             

                            When I was younger, I was told to make a pro and con list when faced with decisions so here goes.

                             

                            Pros for the Nook Simple Touch-

                            I can't read a back-lit screen for more than an hour without getting a headache.  I like to read more than an hour a day and I don't like headaches.  I do not want the Nook Color.

                             

                            All of the other Pros and Cons don't matter to me.  You should decide what you want to do and buy the appropriate tool.  If you want to read books, the Nook Simple Touch is AWESOME!  If you want to read magazines, children's books, launch angry birds, browse the web, get the Nook Color.

                             

                            A knife is great for eating steak but it stinks for eating soup.  You wouldn't go to the car dealership and ask "Should I buy a Corvette or a Dump Truck?"  Both are good at what they do but hardly interchangeable.  Figure out the job you want and pick the proper tool. 

                             

                            Either way, I think you will be happy.  I am totally sold on the ereader experience.  I can make the text big enough to read and I can carry multiple books easily.  I love my NST.

                             

                            Good Luck

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                                whiteginger

                                1914ww wrote: . . . You should decide what you want to do and buy the appropriate tool.  If you want to read books, the Nook Simple Touch is AWESOME!  If you want to read magazines, children's books, launch angry birds, browse the web, get the Nook Color.. . .



                                I agree with 1914ww (and others) in principle, and would like to add my own experiences as both an NC and NST owner to the mix.

                                 

                                I do not read children's books, play games, or do any real web browsing on my NC--and I subscribe to only one magazine for which I also have a paper subscription--yet if I had to keep only either my NC or my NST, I would choose the NC.  My pro list for the NC:

                                 

                                • Reading the NC has not given me headaches though I often read for 2+ hours at a time; I have, by increasing the screen brightness and using my body to somewhat shade the screen, managed to read contentedly for short periods in bright sun
                                • Page turns on the NC seem much smoother to me.
                                • I do not own a smart phone and use my NC (with N2A) as a tablet computer for travel--I make 5-8 "trips" a year.  Other than when on trips, I rarely use the N2A side.  The stock OS is perfectly OK for checking email, but most of my other productivity apps are on the N2A, I do everything on N2A.
                                • I actually prefer the physical size (not the weight, however) of the NC
                                • The historical and literary fiction I enjoy often tempts me to interrupt my reading to research some related idea; this is quite easy with the NC.
                                • Managing shelves on the NC is MUCH easier than on the NST (and my collection of books is large and varied enough that I really need the ability to organize on shelves)

                                 

                                 

                              • Re: Simple Touch vs. Color
                                Rav_Bunneh

                                I don't think one is better than the other except on an individual level. We al have entirely different expectation. Some people want to read books. Other people want a slightly more affordable tablet for one reason of another.

                                 

                                Pesonally I chose the Nook Simple Touch (without the Glow). I also was cheap and got mine as a holiday door buster. My reason for this choice is one thing: I like to read books. 

                                 

                                Because of this one simple expectation went with the model with, to me, the best screen for reading a lot. I can read best on just the simple and, to me, awesome e-ink screen.

                                 

                                I had no need for a light and was unwilling to pay even a little more for a feature I didn't want. In adition I really don't care for how the light looks or how fragile the over lay was.

                                 

                                I have a laptop and and ipod touch and simply can not stand reading for long periods with them. So the Nook Color and Tablets were totally off the table as well. To me it is like trying to read while staring into an LED flashlight. 

                                 

                                Since getting my Simple Touch I have been totally happy with it and have read many books. I urge everyone who is unsure what to buy to listen to your own personal needs and expectations. In doing so I feel there will be happy times ahead.