For those who like to stay up late reading in bed and don't want to wake their partner -- or just like to read in dimly lit spots -- Amazon and Barnes & Noble have two backlit e-reader options that illuminate the screen and make the experience a whole lot easier on the eyes.
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But with the Kindle Paperwhite -- which started shipping on Monday -- and the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight both priced at $119, it may be hard to decide which is best for you. (Note: The price of the backlit Nook e-reader recently dropped from $139 to $119 to stay competitive with the Paperwhite).
Both devices include a series of LEDs in the bottom edge -- although the Nook features two fewer LEDs along the top -- and use fiber-optic technology to spread that light evenly across their 6-inch displays.
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Although early reviews peg the Paperwhite as a slightly better e-reader (Mashable's Lance Ulanoff said in a review that it does a somewhat better job of creating the illusion of a single light source) the device does come with a few drawbacks -- ads, for one. If you want to bypass any advertisements on the Paperwhite, you'll have to opt for the $139 model.
For a full look at how the Paperwhite compares to the illuminated Nook, check out the chart below.
Which device is the winner in your eyes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Specs Compared: Kindle Paperwhite vs. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight
|Kindle Paperwhite||NOOK Simple Touch With GlowLight|
|Dimensions||6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36 inches||6.5 x 5 x 0.47 inches|
|Light Control||Dim only||Off switch|
|Weight||7.5 ounces||6.95 ounces|
|Pixel Density||221 ppi||167 ppi|
|Formats Supported||Kindle, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP||ePub, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP|
|Storage||2GB, plus unlimited cloud storage||2GB, plus microSD card slot|
|Connectors||micro USB 2.0||micro USB 2.0|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi, 3G option available||Wi-Fi only|
|Charging Time||4 hours||3.5 hours|
|Battery Life||8 weeks, wireless off||8 weeks, GlowLight off|
|Facebook, Twitter Integration||Yes||No|
|Price||$119 with Wi-Fi, $139 with no ads; $179 with 3G||$119, Wi-Fi only|
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