A Real Life Nook Simple Touch Review
I’ve wanted to buy an eBook reader for quite some time so a couple of months ago I finally broke down and purchased a Nook Simple Touch.
I chose this particular model because, as you know by now, I’m particularly fond of touch screen electronic devices. I also chose it because it has the ability to share books between my friends. This is something that we do quite a bit at my 9-5 job and it has come in really handy.
I’ve been using the Barns & Noble’s Simple Touch for about two months now so I would like to share my thoughts about this little touch screen eBook reader with you here today.
First, let me get the formalities out of the way and talk about the specs.
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Width: 5 inches
Depth: .47 inches
Weight: 7.48 oz
Battery Runtime: Claimed to be up to two months if you keep Wi-Fi turned off and you only use it for an hour a day.
Charging Time: 3.5 hours (can be charged with either the supplied power adapter or with a USB cord from a computer.
Display: 6 inch E Ink®
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
Memory: 2GB internal and expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card
Supported Formats: ePub, PDF, JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF,
My Initial Impressions
When I first unboxed this little eReader, I was a bit taken back by how small it felt in my hand. Most of my experience in reading eBooks has been on either my iPad or my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Initially, this little gadget felt like a toy in my hands. When I powered it up, let’s just say that I was “underwhelmed” to say the least.
The problem was that subconsciously I was comparing it to my experiences with the tablet computers that I was more familiar with. After I came to terms with the fact that this is an eBook reader and that it’s not supposed to feel like a tablet, I started to warm up to it.
While the display seemed a bit sluggish when compared to my experience with tablet computers, I don’t really notice this anymore. It took some getting used to because the display isn’t backlit like a tablet. This annoyed me at first but I really like it now because this is one of the primary reasons the battery lasts so long between charging.
It’s quite easy to adjust the font style and size to your liking. If you have poor eyesight, this little nook is great because you can set the font to be quite large and bold. I actually found that increasing the font size larger than I was used to seeing in books reduced eye strain and increased my reading speed.
How To Put eBooks On The Nook Simple Touch Reader
Before you can put any books on your Nook, you need to go to the Barns and Noble book store and open a free account. You can’t do this from the device itself. You’ll need access to a computer which I found strange since the device already has the ability to connect to the book store via Wi-Fi. Nonetheless, you need to use a computer. When you are setting up your account, you’ll need to enter a credit card number if you would like to be able to download any of the books that you have to pay for.
After you have set the account up, you can either select books from a computer or you can select them from the Nook itself. Since you’ll have your credit card tied to the account, I highly suggest that you activate the feature that requires a password to be entered before any books are purchased. This wasn’t on by default which I believe is a big security issue. Without this feature set, anyone who finds (or steals) your eBook reader can purchase books like crazy.
My Opinion Of The Touch Screen
The touch screen was a bit unresponsive for my liking but I’m used to the slick precision of my iPad and Galaxy Tab. I felt like the keys on the touch keyboard were a little small as well. Other than searching for books and flipping the pages on the Nook, the touch screen isn’t really used much so I’ll say that I think it’s “good enough” for the type of device that it is.
Things That Annoy Me About The Nook Simple Touch
Every now and then my device just freezes up for some unknown reason. The only way to regain control is to do a hard reset by pressing the button on the back of the device for about 20 or 30 seconds. I have my nook in a case so it’s a bit inconvenient when I have to reset the device.
I didn’t find the user interface to be particularly intuitive. For example, it would seem that a logical thing to do would be to make it easy to remove eBooks from the device. After fiddling with it for quite some time, I learned that to remove a book from the device you place it in the archives.
My Overall Rating
Now that I’ve become accustomed to how things work on this little Nook, I really like it. As I mentioned before, I think it could be more user friendly and intuitive to use. I really like the long battery life that I get with the device. I’ve never let the battery run completely down so I don’t know if it meets up to the 2 month claim or not.
Since I haven’t used other dedicated eBook readers, I don’t have much to compare this device to but I can tell you that overall, I enjoy using it. As I mentioned, there are a few things that annoy me about it but in general it functions like I would expect it to.
11/8/2013 Update: Well, my trusty little Nook Touch is working no more. It just stopped working for some reason. The screen is frozen on it and the touchscreen doesn’t work at all anymore. On the advice of the Nook tech support, I’ve tried doing a hard reset of the device several times but it doesn’t seem to want to reset itself. That was the only advice that they gave me and unfortunately, it’s out of warranty now.
After this died, I’ve moved on to a Kindle Fire which I quite enjoy. I liked it while it worked and if it still worked I’d still be using it. I’m disappointed that it doesn’t work anymore.