Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 4 vs Paperwhite

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

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

Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

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Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Apple iPad 4 

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

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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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Much bigger screen 9.7" vs 6" More than 60% bigger screen
Much higher resolution screen 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x 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
Much faster web browser 850ms vs 4,500ms 5.3x faster web browser
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
Significantly faster processor 1,400 MHz vs 800 MHz 75% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Much lighter weight 221 g vs 652 g 3x lighter weight
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
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 10 hour More than 2.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
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

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

iPad 4  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Screen resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
Screen size 9.7" 6"
Pixel density 263 ppi 213 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight Paperwhite
Screen type LCD E-Ink
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No Yes

features

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

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 16 GB 2 GB

connectivity

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

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 256 MB
Processor 1,400 MHz 800 MHz

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

form factor

Housing type Aluminum and glass Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 241 x 186 x 9 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 652 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes No
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