Product Comparison: Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3 vs Kindle Paperwhite


General Specifications
Brand
Barnes & Noble
Kindle
Model
GlowLight 3 (BNRV520)
Paperwhite
Origin
China
China
About the Product
More Features & Contents Our Highest Resolution Enjoy crisper text, enhanced contrast, and a glare-free, scratch-resistant screen. Featuring GlowLight Illumination 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....
Kindle Paperwhite offers Bookerly, an exclusive font crafted from the ground up for reading on digital screens. Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but is hand-crafted for great readability at any font size.
Key Specs
Screen Size
6 in.
6 in.
Screen Resolution
300 ppi
300 ppi
Backlit Display
Yes
Yes

Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3

Kindle Paperwhite

Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3

Kindle Paperwhite

What customers say about "Key Specs"
Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3 6" eReader
  • High pixel density and I can see the difference from the first generation of the device
  • Drastically improved light bleeding from the top.
  • It's great, the screen is fantastic, battery life exceeded my expectations.
  • It's not my first nook, I love them. Great as expected, but could be a bit smaller.
  • The warm light makes reading so much better at night. The size is about right, light in weight, and easy to customize.
Kindle Paperwhite eReader, High-Resolution Display, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
  • The backlight looks great. It's a perfect size. And because it's one page at a time, you overcome another annoyance of physical books.
  • First and foremost, it feels so good reading one hand with it. It is perfect for one hand use: perfect weight, perfect size, perfect grip. I like the feel of it so much I just can't put a case on it. I purchased a sleeve for it when it's not in use.
  • The screen is beautiful. Being able to read either in complete darkness or in direct sunlight is a thing of beauty - especially coming from an iPhone.
  • I wish the screen had a bit more contrast. It seems like the Voyage might excel here but for the price difference I'm still satisfied.
  • Lighting issues - obviously, not all Kindles are made with the same tone of lights
  • There is no way to make a black background while having lit text. This makes reading before bed very frustrating since I don't want such a bright light shining in my face. Because this is when I do my most reading, it loses two stars for not including this basic feature.
Size & Weight
Height
6.9 in.
6.7 in.
Width
5 in.
4.6 in.
Depth
0.34 in.
0.36 in.
Weight
6.9 oz.
7.2 oz.

Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3

Kindle Paperwhite

Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3

Kindle Paperwhite

Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3

Kindle Paperwhite

Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3

Kindle Paperwhite

Features
Color
Black
Black
Control Type
Touchscreen
Touchscreen
Adjustable Brightness
Yes
Yes
Adjustable Font Size
Yes
Yes
Supported Media Formats
ePub, PDF, Adobe DRM ePub and PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
Interface(s)
Micro USB
Micro USB
Battery Type
Lithium-ion
Lithium polymer
Extras
GlowLight Illumination, Night Mode, Comfortable Design, Free Lifetime In-store Support2, Now with B&N Readouts
VoiceView screen reader, Amazon's largest high-resolution display, Ideal for one-handed reading, Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
What customers say about "Features"
Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight 3 6" eReader
  • The dictionary search function is now better. Pressing and holding a word gives you the definition straight away. Before, you had to press and hold, and select the option to get the word definition which was a very unnecessary extra click.
  • So, for all the software short falls, this absolutely wins for ergonomics and hardware. I get why the bezel is so large now as well: If you make it any smaller you can't hold the device one handed.
  • The sideloading books, though, disappear from the shelves after each reboot or loading of new books. A little annoying at the beginning but I have learned to live with it. As an e-reader, it has its own tiny flaws but nothing takes away the satisfaction from reading using the Glowlight 3.
  • Do not buy if you want to use it to get books from your library. It does not work. And Barnes & Noble has terrible customer service. I have spent 4 months trying to resolve this issue and they are only good at giving me the runaround.
  • Only remark I have (my fault for not researching enough) is the lack of an SD card.
Kindle Paperwhite eReader, High-Resolution Display, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
  • The battery lasts forever. I've had it for almost a week now, and haven't had to charge it yet. The battery is still quite full.
  • You can plug it into your laptop and load other books (but sometimes it won't even with some common formats)
  • Easier access to configuration settings, i.e. better user interface
  • Also appreciate the ease of changing dictionaries once the definition comes up.
  • The battery life has dropped from 8 weeks at ½ hour of reading per day to 6 weeks at ½ hour of reading per day (Roughly 28 hours to 21 hours). That is due to the additional energy required for the higher resolution screen and the power to render the higher resolution of text.
  • Swiping the screen to unlock. I have plenty of tablets that require me to swipe them to start using them. It's not something I ever wanted in a reader.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
FCC, CE
FCC, CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
119.99 $
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