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NOOK GlowLight 4e, nice reader but old Kindle is better

Dale Davies |
Barnes & Noble announced the newest addition to their range of NOOK eReaders, the NOOK GlowLight 4e.

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The newest 6” eReader in the suite boasts 8GB of storage that accommodates a robust bookshelf and can hold weeks of battery life on a single charge. The NOOK GlowLight 4e has 212 dpi with enhanced contrast, and a glare-free, scratch-resistant screen, while the GlowLight illumination allows for reading anywhere. The lightweight device is the perfect travel companion as it is easy to carry, and purchases can be made instantly on the go, anytime, through Wi-Fi.

Additionally, physical page-turn buttons and a soft-touch finish offer a comfortable reading experience even when reading for hours at one sitting. It’s powerful enough to read in bed or in the bright light of the sun. NOOK’s most advanced Ambient (Always-On) GlowLight technology lets you enjoy an evenly dispersed light. There are two ways to activate Night Mode. Manual: Adjust the light yourself. Auto: Mimics the sun’s natural progression throughout the day.

So, is it good for $119.99? Well, it turns out that Barnes & Noble has something to learn befor getting into a direct attack on Kindle. First, if you company energy consumption of the NOOK GlowLight 4 and the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle charge last approximately 4 times longer. That's huge. The Nook GlowLight 4 does not have a screen refresh setting but Kindle has so you won't see the ghost image of the letters from the page before. And buttons seem to work not to so great as on the older Kindle models.

Of course, the NOOK GlowLight 4e is a smaller brother of the NOOK GlowLight 4 and it's intentions is to enable you to read anywhere without too much thinking about it. But, isn't it the intention of every ebook reader? Pre-orders for the Nook GlowLight 4e are now open. It will ship on June 7th. Taking all into account, and our experience while Kindle's that works perfectly, it's clear that we'll stay with the Kindle for the time to come. The original, even older models, is still the best reader out there.


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