Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch 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 theverge.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Touch

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Amazon Kindle Touch

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Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 14 hour Around 2.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly more storage capacity 3 GB vs 1.25 GB Around 2.5x more storage capacity
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Front view of Amazon Kindle Basic

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Amazon Kindle Basic

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Significantly faster page turns 0.5 s vs 0.85 s More than 40% faster page turns
Thinner 8.7 mm vs 10 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can display in landscape mode Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support landscape mode
Lighter weight 170 g vs 213 g More than 20% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4 hours 25% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Touch  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 Infrared 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 No Yes
Accelerometer Yes No
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Internal storage 3 GB 1.25 GB
Expansion slot None None
Memory 4 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 119 x 173 x 10 mm 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 213 g 170 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack Yes No

connectivity

Kindle Touch  vs
Basic 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 3G None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz
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
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