Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus Review – The Company’s Waterproof Answer to the Kindle Paperwhite

The Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus is a badly needed refresh of the previous Nook GlowLight. It is now waterproof and is available at a decent price tag, with no ads. It is designed in-house by the famous bookseller, and it retains the white front bezel that was also found from its predecessor. Furthermore, it has twice the many pixels as the original GlowLight as the text and images are now clearer. For comparison’s sake, the display is on par with the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite’s screen.

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus Review - The Company's Waterproof Answer to the Kindle Paperwhite

The Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus is Now Waterproof

With the Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus, the screen has moved from an infrared-based touchscreen to a more capacitive one. It also improved on its built-in light so that it illumintes the screen with more uniformity and can even be brighter in its highest setting.

For the back of the device, it is made of aluminum and not plastic. This gives the e-reader a more premium feel to it. However, because of this more premium material, Nook GlowLight Plus is now slightly heavier than its predecessor. The updated model is know 6.9-ounces versus its predecessor’s 6.2.

Putting the GlowLight Plus in a case is probably a good idea as it will add to the comfort when holding the device without having to add too much weight. The optional case will also hide the bezel as it has a bit too much of an edge to it. Furthermore, the aluminum chassis is also a bit too slippery than standard, so those who have sweaty hands may want to hold the device with a firmer grip. Otherwise, that optional case is looking to be more than just a good idea right about now.

It still retains its “n” shaped button found at the button of the e-reader, but now it is now turned into a touch-sensitive button rather than a mechanical button that you have to press down. It should also be mentioned that the earlier GlowLight, users are able to hold down the “n” button to turn on the light, or even turn it off. In this newer model, it is strictly a home button.

While it is a great e-reader and provides an equally excellent performance for an upgrade, the Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus is able to compete well with its competitors, especially with the Amazon Kindlefire Paperwhite. However, those who are already Amazon’s Kindle customers may not find themselves being converted to this Barnes & Noble reader.


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