Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini 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, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from theverge.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad Mini

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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
Much faster web browser 1,457ms vs 4,500ms 3.1x faster web browser
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
Faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Quicker recharging 3.6 hours vs 4 hours Around 10% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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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
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
Lighter weight 221 g vs 312 g Around 30% lighter weight

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

iPad Mini  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
Screen size 7.9" 6"
Pixel density 162 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
Evernote integration Yes No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes No
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 2 GB

connectivity

iPad Mini  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Input/Output port Lightning port micro-USB
Cellular data 4G 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

RAM 512 MB 256 MB
Processor 1,000 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 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 312 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes No
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Comments

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This Fintie kindle paperwhite case is wonderful - sleek, cute and comfortable - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009S2CXLK/?&tag=417-20&ie=UTF8 I figured for the price, I could afford to replace it after a bit if necessary and still be ahead $$ wise.
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