Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura HD

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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
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
Lighter weight 240 g vs 347 g More than 30% lighter weight
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 1280 x 800 More than 50% higher resolution screen
Front view of Google Nexus 7

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Has an app store Google Play vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
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
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Thinner 10.5 mm vs 11.7 mm More than 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Faster processor 1,200 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 20% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Aura HD  vs
Nexus 7 
Screen resolution 1440 x 1080 1280 x 800
Screen size 6.8" 7"
Pixel density 264 ppi 215 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No


Note taking Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes


Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None


Aura HD  vs
Nexus 7 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 1,200 MHz


Uses an open platform Yes Yes

form factor

Size 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm
Weight 240 g 347 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
Kobo Aura HD
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