Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 4 vs DX

Display

How do the screens stack up?

iPad 4
7.8
Kindle DX
6.1
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

iPad 4
9.7
Kindle DX
10.0
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

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

iPad 4
1.8
Kindle DX
1.8
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 4
7.4
Kindle DX
5.7
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

iPad 4
6.8
Kindle DX
5.8

Winner
Apple iPad 4 

Reader Rocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its display and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Much higher resolution screen 2048 x 1536 vs 1200 x 824 Around 3.2x higher resolution screen
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Thinner 9 mm vs 9.6 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Amazon Kindle DX

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Amazon Kindle DX

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Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Lighter weight 536 g vs 652 g Around 20% lighter weight

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

iPad 4  vs
Kindle DX 
Screen resolution 2048 x 1536 1200 x 824
Screen size 9.7" 9.7"
Pixel density 263 ppi 150 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight None
Screen type LCD E-Ink
Touchscreen Capacitive None
Flashes screen black during page turns No Yes

bookstore

Uses an open platform No No
Bookstore iBookstore Kindle Store
Average NYT best sellers price $9.45 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 36 38
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations Yes No

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 16 GB 4 GB

connectivity

iPad 4  vs
Kindle DX 
Input/Output port Lightning port micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

features

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

form factor

Size 241 x 186 x 9 mm 183 x 264 x 9.6 mm
Weight 652 g 536 g
Interface touchscreen physical keyboard
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Apple iPad 4
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