Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7 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 multiple trusted sites

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Google Nexus 7

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7

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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
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
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 web browser 1,720ms vs 4,500ms 2.6x faster web browser
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Faster processor 1,200 MHz vs 800 MHz 50% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
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
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4 hours 25% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Slightly higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution screen
Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 10 hour More than 2.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Thinner 9 mm vs 10.5 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 221 g vs 347 g More than 35% lighter weight

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Nexus 7  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 215 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

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 No Yes

form factor

Housing type Platic and rubber back Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 347 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes No

connectivity

Nexus 7  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 Yes No

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 256 MB
Processor 1,200 MHz 800 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No

storage

Expansion slot None None
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