Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini vs DX

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

iPad Mini
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?

Battery life and Recharge time

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 performance 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 a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Significantly thinner 7.2 mm vs 9.6 mm Around 25% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly lighter weight 312 g vs 536 g More than 40% lighter weight
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
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Quicker recharging 3.6 hours vs 4 hours Around 10% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle DX

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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
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.9" Around 25% bigger screen
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 Mini  vs
Kindle DX 
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 1200 x 824
Screen size 7.9" 9.7"
Pixel density 162 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 64 GB 4 GB

connectivity

iPad Mini  vs
Kindle DX 
Input/Output port Lightning port micro-USB
Cellular data 4G 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
Evernote integration Yes No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

form factor

Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 183 x 264 x 9.6 mm
Weight 312 g 536 g
Interface touchscreen physical keyboard
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Apple iPad Mini
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