Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch vs Paperwhite

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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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 Paperwhite

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Has a built-in light Paperwhite vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Significantly faster page turns 0.5 s vs 0.85 s More than 40% faster page turns
Significantly higher resolution screen 1024 x 768 vs 800 x 600 Around 65% higher resolution screen
Can display in landscape mode Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support landscape mode
Thinner 9 mm vs 10 mm 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Touch  vs
Paperwhite 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 768
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 213 ppi
Built-in light None Paperwhite
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
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

connectivity

Kindle Touch  vs
Paperwhite 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 3G 3G
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

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 119 x 173 x 10 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 213 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes No
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