On this week’s edition of the Gadget Lab Show, the gang takes a gander at the Nook Simple Touch e-reader and Pebble Smartwatch, the most successful Kickstarter project ever.
Gadget Lab editor Jon Phillips and Reviews editor Michael Calore open up the show with a look at the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch E-Ink reader. It’s been updated from last year’s model to include an LED backlight that illuminates the screen from behind, making it easier to read at night. It’s still got a touch-sensitive screen. The light adds $40 to the price, making it $140. If you’re on the fence as to what e-reader to buy, Michael advises not to look at the e-reader itself, but the platform it belongs to.
Next up, staff writer Alexandra Chang joins Jon to talk about the Pebble Smartwatch, which she got to check out first-hand in Palo Alto, California. The display is a memory LCD, which is easy to read in bright sunlight, and refreshes more quickly than similar-looking E-Ink displays. The Pebble team sold 85,000 watches, and reached $10.2 million in their Kickstarter campaign. Pebble Smartwatches should begin shipping to the original Kickstarter backers in September.
To close the show, Michael joins Jon again to go hands-on with the new Big Jambox from Jawbone. Its design apes the original Jambox, but the speaker is about 10 inches long, and bigger in every dimension. For those who aren’t familiar, the original Jambox is an uber-popular $200 Bluetooth speaker. This larger model is $300, and works exactly the same as the original, but is way louder and has better audio quality all around.