Barnes and Noble Nook GlowLight: Performance

December 6, 2013 by Sarah White Reads (5,119)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Design
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Features
    • 5
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 7.25
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Pushing the dedicated “N” button below the Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight’s display will wake the device, and then users must swipe to the right to unlock the screen. Holding the home button down for two seconds will automatically turn the GlowLight feature on or off. The display is responsive, and quick to both wake and unlock.

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight -- Front ViewThe home page features two main sections with the top half of the screen dedicated to a list of books they are currently reading. The bottom half of the screen displays what is “New on Nook,” which TPCR thinks can technically be considered advertising, even though B&N touts its device as “ad-free.” However, it could be compared to the brick-and-mortar store displays, which often feature bestsellers and other popular novels in prominent places around the stores and users might actually find the recommendations more useful than bothersome.

The bottom of the display features three touch sensitive buttons “My Library,” “Shop,” and “Search”. When there are new books downloaded to the library, a little notification pops up above the button saying, for example, “4 New.”

In the Shop section, users will see popular lists, including a list of recommended reads, New York Times best sellers, New Releases, Books under $2.99, and more. At the top of the screen, there are touch sensitive buttons to navigate to Magazines, Newspapers, and the user’s Wishlist. The search also lets users look for a specific title and author, similar to the B&N website.

Nook has a unique feature that will automatically bring the user to whatever book they are currently reading. In the top left corner, there is an icon of an open book, and pressing it will take the user out of whatever screen they are currently on, and straight into where they left off in their most recently read book. This is a great feature, and reviewers at TPCR found themselves using it often to quickly get back to reading. We even found ourselves wishing that the Paperwhite had the same feature.

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight -- Bottom ViewOther icons in the very top of the screen include notifications, time, whether or not the GlowLight is on, Wi-Fi, battery life, and settings. The settings are basic, offering the user a battery level percentage, Wi-Fi settings, and a slide adjuster for brightness levels. Users will also find check boxes to the right of the Wi-Fi and GlowLight to toggle them on and off. Clicking “All Settings” brings users to a more extensive menu, where they can access additional features such as device info and settings for the screen, time, social, search history, and shop.

The home screen features a search function that lets users search both their library and the shop at once. This is useful for any heavy reader that has accidentally bought a book that they already read, because the cover art changed. TPCR tested the search function by looking for book that was already in the Nook’s library. The device found the book within the library just fine, but the shop turned up nothing, citing connection issues. However, the device was connected to the internet and reviewers were able to browse the shop independently and find the book. TPCR could not remedy the issue, and it continued to note connection issues, but it could be specific to TPCR‘s internet connection.



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