Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Keyboard vs Basic

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Keyboard 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Keyboard  based on its performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Keyboard

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Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 14 hour Around 2.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly more storage capacity 3.3 GB vs 1.25 GB Around 2.8x more storage capacity
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Front view of Amazon Kindle Basic

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Amazon Kindle Basic

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Much faster page turns 0.5 s vs 1.03 s 2.1x faster page turns
Lighter weight 170 g vs 274 g Around 40% lighter weight
Noticeably quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4.5 hours Around 35% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
More refreshes before wipe 6 vs 4 2 more refreshes before wipe

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Keyboard  vs
Basic 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen None None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes No
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Internal storage 3.3 GB 1.25 GB
Expansion slot None None
Memory 4 GB 2 GB

connectivity

Kindle Keyboard  vs
Basic 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Document support
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform No No
Bookstore Kindle Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 4 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No

form factor

Size 123 x 190 x 9 mm 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 274 g 170 g
Interface physical keyboard D-pad
Headphone jack Yes No
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