Nighttime Reading Tests with the Kobo Glo and Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight

Welcome to another installment of the Good e-Reader Nighttime Reading Tests! Today we are showing you the Barnes and Noble Simple Touch Reader with Glowlight vs. the Kobo Glo! These are currently the only commercially viable products that give you the ability to read in any lighting conditions.

During our tests we give you the hardware differences between both devices and show you the core reading experience. It is important to note that the Simple Touch with Glow has been on the market for over a year. Only now do we see Kobo and Amazon catching up and the differences are quite striking! This video clearly demonstrates the Kobo model has a superior advantage. Check out the video for the results of our extensive tests with both e-readers.

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  • MrF

    Everyone is comparing the Kindle Paperwhite to the Nook or the Kobo Glo to the Nook. When is someone actually going to compare the Paperwhite to the Glo? Now that would be a very interesting comparison!

  • DaveK

    I’ve got a Nook ST w/Glowlight and have NEVER turned the brightness above about 50% (except just to see how bright it would get).  For reading, I found my Nook to be almost painfully bright in a dark room and usually have it set somewhere between 10 and 25%.
    I also wish you had mentioned battery life on both.  I suspect the Kobo Glo does not have as much due to it’s faster processor.