Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura HD vs Aura

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Aura HD
7.0
Kobo Aura
5.5
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Aura HD
8.6
Kobo Aura
8.6
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?

Aura HD
5.1
Kobo Aura
5.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Aura HD
n.d.
Kobo Aura
n.d.
Reviews from techradar.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Aura HD
6.8
Kobo Aura
6.3

Winner
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

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Aura HD

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Higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 1024 x 758 More than 2x higher resolution screen
Bigger screen 6.8" vs 6" Around 15% bigger screen
Front view of Kobo Aura

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Aura

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Much thinner 8.1 mm vs 11.7 mm More than 30% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 174 g vs 240 g Around 30% lighter weight

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Aura HD  vs
Aura 
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 Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD 32GB
Memory 4 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm 114 x 150 x 8.1 mm
Weight 240 g 174 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Aura HD  vs
Aura 
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 1,024 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 1,000 MHz

bookstore

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