Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of HD vs Paperwhite

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

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 reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 64GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Much faster web browser 1,271ms vs 4,500ms 3.5x faster web browser
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
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Significantly faster processor 1,300 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 65% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
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
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 1024 x 768 Around 65% higher resolution screen
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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 (30-pin port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (NOOK Book Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 10.5 hour Around 2.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs 30-pin port 100% better Input/Output port
Significantly thinner 9 mm vs 11 mm Around 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
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 315 g Around 30% lighter weight
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.27 M book (NOOK Book Store) More than 20% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 4.5 hours More than 10% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK HD  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Screen resolution 1440 x 900 1024 x 768
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 242 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 microSD (up to 64GB) None
Memory 8 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 315 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes No

connectivity

NOOK HD  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Input/Output port 30-pin port micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 256 MB
Processor 1,300 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
XLS
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
XLX
TXT
PPT
ePUB
CBZ
HTML
MOBI

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore NOOK Book Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.27 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.84 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations Yes No
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