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The Nook SImple Touch with GlowLight is essentially a backlit version of the Nook Simple Touch that was released in November 2011. It retains all the same internal and exterior specifications adding the aforementioned backlit E-ink display while somehow shaving 7% of the device's total weight.

Description

The second generation Nook from Barnes & Noble ditches the touchscreen LCD menu bar of the first model while adding touch sensitivity to the 6-inch E Ink display. This results in the e-reader having a substantially more compact footprint, and the 16 levels of grayscale offer fifty percent greater contrast than the original Nook. On Nov 7th, 2011 the Barnes & Noble relaunched the Simple Touch at a new price (down from $139.99) with software that improved both screen rendering and battery life.

The Kindle Touch is centered around a six inch infrared multi-touch E-Ink display. Navigation is performed through what Amazon refers to as EasyReach, which divides each page into three distinct touch areas. The new X-Ray feature complements purchased content by gathering all historical references and topics of interest within a given book and providing detailed information from Wikipedia and Shelfari for each. Integrated Wi-Fi allows free access to AT&T hotspots within the United States.

The Sony Reader WiFi PRS-T1 is an e-reader with a 6-inch E ink pearl touchscreen. Its battery lasts up to 14,000 continuous page turns, or 3-4 weeks with Wi-Fi on and 30 minutes of reading a day. It can display ePub, PDF, and TXT documents as well as various image and audio file formats.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: May 2012
  • Price at launch: $139.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 10, 2011
  • Price at launch: $99.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 21, 2011
  • Price at launch: $99.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: October 2011
  • Price at launch: $149.99

Pricing / SKUs

  • SKU description: Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch with Special Offers
  • Height: 6.5 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Thickness: 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 0.43 pounds
  • Primary orientation: Portrait
  • Color: Black

Hardware

  • Height: 6.5 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Thickness: 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 0.47 pounds
  • Primary orientation: Portrait
  • Color: Black
  • Height: 6.77 inches
  • Width: 4.72 inches
  • Thickness: 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 0.47 pounds
  • Primary orientation: Portrait
  • Color: Silver
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Height: 6.88 inches
  • Width: 4.38 inches
  • Thickness: 0.38 inches
  • Weight: 0.37 pounds
  • Primary orientation: Landscape
  • Color: Black, Red, White
  • Screen size (diagonal): 6 inches
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • Screen shades: 16
  • Technology: E Ink Pearl
  • Touchscreen type: IR

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 6 inches
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • Screen shades: 16
  • Technology: E Ink Pearl
  • Touchscreen type: IR
  • Screen size (diagonal): 6 inches
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • PPI: 167
  • Screen shades: 16
  • Technology: E Ink Pearl
  • Touchscreen type: IR
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 6 inches
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • Screen shades: 16
  • Technology: E Ink Pearl
  • Touchscreen type: IR
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Android
  • Text-to-speech: No
  • File support: ePUB, PDF

Software

  • Operating system: Android
  • Text-to-speech: No
  • File support: ePUB, PDF
  • Operating system: Other
  • File support: PDF
  • Audio file support: MP3
  • Operating system: Other
  • Notable apps: Web browser
  • File support: ePUB, PDF
  • Audio file support: MP3, AAC
  • Internal size: 2 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External type: microSD
  • Max. external size: 32 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 2 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External type: microSD
  • Max. external size: 32 GB
  • Internal size: 4 GB
  • External storage: No
  • Internal size: 1.3 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External type: microSD
  • Max. external size: 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Data connections: Micro USB

Ports

  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Removable: No

Battery

  • Removable: No
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 14000 pages turned
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