Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura HD vs Mini

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Aura HD
7.0
iPad Mini
5.1
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Aura HD
10.0
iPad Mini
9.7
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Aura HD
5.1
iPad Mini
1.8
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Aura HD
n.d.
iPad Mini
8.7
Reviews from techradar.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Aura HD
7.2
iPad Mini
5.4

Winner
Kobo Aura HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Aura HD  based on its display, bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura HD

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Aura HD

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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
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 10 hour More than 2.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 1024 x 768 Around 2x higher resolution screen
Lighter weight 240 g vs 312 g Around 25% lighter weight
Front view of Apple iPad Mini

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Apple iPad Mini

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Has an app store Mac App Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Much thinner 7.2 mm vs 11.7 mm Around 40% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Bigger screen 7.9" vs 6.8" More than 15% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Aura HD  vs
iPad Mini 
Screen resolution 1440 x 1080 1024 x 768
Screen size 6.8" 7.9"
Pixel density 264 ppi 162 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 4 GB 64 GB

form factor

Size 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Weight 240 g 312 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Aura HD  vs
iPad Mini 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
Cellular data None 4G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 512 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 1,000 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books iBookstore
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.45
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 36
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations No Yes
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