Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura vs Odyssey HD FrontLight

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

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from mashable.com, goodereader.com and engadget.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Kobo Aura 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Aura  based on its bookstore.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura

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Bookstore syncs usage data to cloud Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support to cloud
Much bigger bookstore 3.2 M book 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
Thinner 8.1 mm vs 9.4 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight

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Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight

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No black flash when turning pages No vs Yes Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

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

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes No
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No No

storage

Memory 4 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 114 x 150 x 8.1 mm 120 x 166 x 9.4 mm
Weight 174 g 180 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen & buttons
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Kobo Aura  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

bookstore

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, 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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