Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini vs Libre Pro

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

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from theverge.com and reviews.cnet.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPad Mini 

Reader Rocket recommends the Apple iPad Mini  based on its display, bookstore and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad Mini

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Apple iPad Mini

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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 an app store Mac App Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Noticeably bigger screen 7.9" vs 5" Around 60% bigger screen
Significantly thinner 7.2 mm vs 9.5 mm Around 25% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (ePaper) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Has a built-in dictionaries Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a built-in dictionaries
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Higher resolution screen 1024 x 768 vs 640 x 480 More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Front view of Aluratek Libre Pro

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Aluratek Libre Pro

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (mini-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port mini-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Significantly longer battery life 24 hour vs 10 hour Around 2.5x longer battery life; read more between charges
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (ePaper) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Lighter weight 213 g vs 312 g More than 30% lighter weight

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

iPad Mini  vs
Libre Pro 
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 640 x 480
Screen size 7.9" 5"
Pixel density 162 ppi 160 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight None
Screen type LCD ePaper
Touchscreen Capacitive None
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

bookstore

Uses an open platform No Yes
Bookstore iBookstore None
Average NYT best sellers price $9.45 N/A
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 36 N/A
Cloud storage Yes N/A
Has retail store locations Yes N/A

storage

Expansion slot None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 64 GB 2 GB

connectivity

iPad Mini  vs
Libre Pro 
Input/Output port Lightning port mini-USB
Cellular data 4G None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

features

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

form factor

Housing type Aluminum and glass Hard Plastic
Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 108 x 152 x 9.5 mm
Weight 312 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack Yes Yes
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