Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Odyssey HD FrontLight 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 and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight

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Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Lighter weight 180 g vs 221 g Around 20% lighter weight
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1.25 GB 60% more storage capacity
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Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Bookstore syncs usage data to cloud Yes (Kindle Store) vs No About half of E-Readers support to cloud
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Much bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 5x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
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 5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1024 x 768
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 212 ppi 213 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight Paperwhite
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns No Yes

features

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

storage

Internal storage 2 GB 1.25 GB
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Aluminum Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 120 x 166 x 9.4 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 180 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen & buttons touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

RAM 128 MB 256 MB
Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Reader Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 38
Reader-to-reader lending No 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 and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations Yes No
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