Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura HD vs Odyssey HD FrontLight


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


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

Battery life


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Kobo Aura HD 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura HD

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Much higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 1024 x 758 More than 2x higher resolution screen
Bookstore syncs usage data to cloud Yes (Kobo Books) vs No About half of E-Readers support to cloud
Much bigger bookstore 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 4x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Significantly more storage capacity 4 GB vs 2 GB 2x more storage capacity
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
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Front view of Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight

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Significantly thinner 9.4 mm vs 11.7 mm Around 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
No black flash when turning pages No vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Lighter weight 180 g vs 240 g 25% lighter weight

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Aura HD  vs
Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 
Screen resolution 1440 x 1080 1024 x 758
Screen size 6.8" 6"
Pixel density 264 ppi 212 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight ComfortLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No


Sync across multiple devices Yes No
Note taking Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes


Internal storage 4 GB 2 GB
Memory 4 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm 120 x 166 x 9.4 mm
Weight 240 g 180 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen & buttons
Headphone jack No No


Aura HD  vs
Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 
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 1,024 MB 128 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 800 MHz


Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books Reader Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 0.82 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 0.02 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.87
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 29
Reader-to-reader lending No No
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No Yes
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Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight
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