Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura HD vs Paperwhite

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

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

Reviews

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Reviews from techradar.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Kobo Aura HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Aura HD  based on its display.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura HD

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Kobo Aura HD

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Much higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 1024 x 768 Around 2x higher resolution screen
Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Much more storage capacity 4 GB vs 1.25 GB Around 3.2x more storage capacity
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Bigger screen 6.8" vs 6" Around 15% bigger screen
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Significantly thinner 9 mm vs 11.7 mm Around 25% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 25% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Aura HD  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Screen resolution 1440 x 1080 1024 x 768
Screen size 6.8" 6"
Pixel density 264 ppi 213 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight Paperwhite
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, 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 No No

connectivity

Aura HD  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 1,024 MB 256 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
CBR
CBZ
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
PNG
TIFF
GIF
BMP

storage

Internal storage 4 GB 1.25 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 4 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 240 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No
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Comments

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Well done for setting up this very interesting site, and good luck. I think the Aura HD looks promising as a Kindle competitor, not a job I would want. :-)
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