Inside the New Nook Touch (Nooklit)

We all ssumed when the Nook Glow launched a few weeks ago that it likely had a different set of guts from the earlier model, but it wasn't until today that we knew how different.

Tech Republic cracked open their Nook Glow and it turns out that it's not nearly as different as I thought. While the Nook Glow weighs half an ounce less than the Nook Touch, it turns out than the savings didn't come from a weaker battery or redesigned circuit board. The battery is the exact same model as the one found in the Nook Touch, and the shell is also identical. Even the circuit board is almost identical (here's the teardown of the original Nook Touch for comparison).

The one key difference between the 2 devices is the frame. The Nook Glow weighs less because it has a lighter metal frame than the one supporting the Nook Touch. According to Tech Republic, the Nook Glow has a magnesium frame while the Nook Touch appears to have an aluminum frame. It's surprising how much that can change the weight, isn't it?

And it's not likely to affect the durability, either. If there's one thing that I've learned in my years as a blogger it's that most broken screens happen when you least expect it and often when you cannot explain how it happened. What's more, there are magnesium  alloys out now which are stronger than aluminum, so the Nook Glow might even be more durable than the Nook Touch.

About Nate Hoffelder (11380 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Inside the New Nook Touch (Nooklit)

  1. I’m brazilian and unfortunattely B&N doesn’t send nooks to my country =(
    Crazy for one!

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