Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Odyssey HD FrontLight vs Simple Touch GlowLight

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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Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight

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Significantly thinner 9.4 mm vs 12 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
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
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Significantly higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 800 x 600 More than 60% higher resolution screen
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1.26 GB Around 60% more storage capacity
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Bookstore syncs usage data to cloud Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No About half of E-Readers support to cloud
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book 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
Much bigger bookstore 3.27 M book (NOOK Book Store) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) 4x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Noticeably quicker recharging 3 hours vs 5 hours 40% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 212 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight GlowLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
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 No
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes No

storage

Internal storage 2 GB 1.26 GB
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Aluminum Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 120 x 166 x 9.4 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 180 g 198 g
Interface touchscreen & buttons touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
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 Yes
Bookstore Reader Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.64
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, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations Yes Yes
Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight
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