Differences What are the advantages of each

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Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 8" More than 20% bigger screen
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
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Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Significantly thinner 9.9 mm vs 12 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
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 processor 1,600 MHz vs 800 MHz 2x faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Lighter weight 440 g vs 530 g More than 15% lighter weight
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Excel  vs
Elements 80 Titanium 
Screen resolution 1200 x 825 1024 x 768
Screen size 9.7" 8"
Pixel density 150 ppi 160 ppi
Built-in light None LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

technical specs

RAM 256 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,600 MHz

storage

Expansion slot SDHC microSD (up to 64GB)

form factor

Size 179 x 243 x 12 mm 200 x 154 x 9.9 mm
Weight 530 g 440 g
Interface touchscreen & buttons touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Excel  vs
Elements 80 Titanium 
Input/Output port mini-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

features

Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No No
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