Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini vs Keyboard

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 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
Amazon Kindle Keyboard 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Keyboard  based on its display, bookstore and performance.

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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 a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
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
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 9 mm 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Bigger screen 7.9" vs 6" More than 30% bigger screen
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
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Quicker recharging 3.6 hours vs 4.5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Higher resolution screen 1024 x 768 vs 800 x 600 Around 65% higher resolution screen
Front view of Amazon Kindle Keyboard

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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 longer battery life 30 hour vs 10 hour 3x 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 Mini  vs
Kindle Keyboard 
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 800 x 600
Screen size 7.9" 6"
Pixel density 162 ppi 166 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 Keyboard 
Input/Output port Lightning port micro-USB
Cellular data 4G None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
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 No
Parental controls Yes Yes

form factor

Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 123 x 190 x 9 mm
Weight 312 g 274 g
Interface touchscreen physical keyboard
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Apple iPad Mini
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