The Nook Simple Touch review reveals one thing – the Touch is an excellent eReader

Just like any kind of Nook review, this Nook Simple Touch review can’t be completed without comparing the device to its strongest and nearest competitor: the Kindle, more specifically the Kindle 3. The point here is to see where the Simple Touch is better and where if fares worse against the Kindle.


Before we get into that, let us talk about the specifications of the Simple Touch.

This Nook has a weight of around 7.48 ounces (212g), which makes it one of the lightest eReaders currently on the market.

Simple Touch has a dimension of 6.5 inches by 5 inches by 0.47 inches with a screen resolution of 800 by 600.

Like a lot of e-book readers, Nook Simple Touch uses e-ink display to imitate the look and feel of a traditional print.

However, since it is the improved version (Pearl), contrast is much higher at 50 percent. There is less glare, which is important when reading for long hours or in the sunlight.

Nook gives you access to 2 million titles from the Nook Bookstore via Wi-Fi connectivity. It supports book sharing and public library lending, as well as reading recommendations to your Nook Friends, but it doesn’t have a browser.

It has a built-in memory of 2GB, which you can expand through its microSD slot to 32GB. The battery life is the best in the market at 2 months with the Wi-Fi off. To charge it, you use the wall outlet.

The Touch Screen

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Any Nook Simple Touch review does not fail to mention about the touch screen technology of the device. It is one of its upper hands over Amazon Kindle 3. This means you do not have to do a lot of toggles—Kindle has a lot of buttons to press—in order to navigate the different pages (not to mention these buttons are very small). In fact, it is a whole lot better to flip the pages by swiping and touching than to use the buttons found on the bezels of Simple Touch.

However, its touch-screen technology sometimes leaves a lot of room to be desired. At some point, it is delayed in its response or becomes unintuitive. 

It Is Boxy

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The six-inch screen display makes it one of the smallest among all the e-book readers. This can be good or bad, depending on the kind of reading experience you prefer. Of course, the bigger the screen, the more texts it can cover. Moreover, Nook Simple Touch has been accused of being a bit too boxy.

What it seems to lack externally, it makes up internally with its interface. It is well-thought-out, neat, and contemporary. You can conveniently navigate your way through the different pages, and the lack of keyboard, which is found in Kindle Keyboard, gives plenty of space for touching and pressing. Besides, keyboards are not really so essential in e-readers since you are going to do a lot of reading. 

Making the Most of Wi-Fi

For our Nook Simple Touch review, we are also going to discuss about its connectivity, which is Wi-Fi only. A lot of e-readers these days are now offering Wi-Fi to avoid tethering, a very tedious process. Nook Simple Touch is one of those.

With more than 20,000 hotspots all over the country, Simple Touch allows you to download any of the millions of titles of Barnes & Noble, one of the oldest bookshops in the world. Besides book titles, you can also download periodicals and magazines.

However, since this eReader does not have a browser, you can’t check out blogs or use apps such as Google Reader and Gmail. If you’re looking for a browser, you’re better off with a Nook Color. The lack of browser may also prevent anyone from following web links often found in magazines and newspapers. You can share quotes or passages throughFacebook and Twitter, but you cannot e-mail. 

Reading Experience

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Nook Simple Touch uses a technology known as Fast Page. It aims to speed up the page turning, as well as greatly minimize the blinking. Contrary to popular belief, blinking and flashing are still present in this Nook, only that they’re greatly reduced. You may notice, however, that perhaps because of speed, few words from the previous pages can still remain on the screen. They are not so obvious, but they can sometimes be bothersome.

The adaptation of E Ink® Pearl Displayalso vastly enhanced the reading experience. Glare is already decreased, and with the contrast high, the texts as well as the images appear more vivid or clearer.

You will also be surprised by its virtual keyboard. Some devices, including tablet PCs, need physical keyboards since their virtual equivalent is unresponsive. This is not the case with the Simple Touch. 

Battery Life and Storage

Unlike Nook Color, which doesn’t last longer than 8 hours with Wi-Fi off, Simple Touch can be used for up to 2 months. It’s 4 weeks longer than Kindle 1 and about the same life span as Kindle Touch and Keyboard.

As for the storage, it has a microSD slot, which isn’t found in Kindles. Nevertheless, storage isn’t a problem with the latter as Amazon utilizes the cloud, offering unlimited storage over the internet. 


Compared to other Nooks, this one is affordable. Color is sold at $249, making it one of the most expensive, while Touch is only $139, the same price as Kindle 3 and Touch without the offers. 


To close this Nook Simple Touch review, let us say that the Nook Simple Touch is an excellent eReader. It may not be the best there is in the market but definitely is one of the top. It will appeal to a lot of e-book readers. For one, the touch screen is amazing and page turning is fast. It is one of the lightest readers on the market and the battery life is the longest available. Finally, at a price of $139, it’s a much better choice for budget-conscious readers.