Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Libre Pro

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

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?

Kobo Glo
10.0
Libre Pro
4.4
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from pcmag.com and wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Kobo Glo 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Glo

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Glo

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a built-in light ComfortLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 24 hour More than 2.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Much higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 640 x 480 More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Has a built-in dictionaries Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a built-in dictionaries
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Faster page turns 0.65 s vs 0.78 s More than 15% faster page turns
Lighter weight 185 g vs 213 g Around 15% lighter weight
Front view of Aluratek Libre Pro

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Aluratek Libre Pro

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No black flash when turning pages No (ePaper) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more storage capacity
Slightly thinner 9.5 mm vs 10 mm 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
Libre Pro 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 640 x 480
Screen size 6" 5"
Pixel density 212 ppi 160 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight None
Screen type E-Ink ePaper
Touchscreen Infrared None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes N/A
Note taking Yes No
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes No
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Parental controls No No

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 2 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Hard Plastic
Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 108 x 152 x 9.5 mm
Weight 185 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
Libre Pro 
Input/Output port micro-USB mini-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Document support
FB2
PRC
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
CBR
CBZ
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
PNG
TIFF
GIF
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books None
EBookstore size 3.2 M book N/A
Free content free content 1.89 M books N/A
Customer loyalty program No N/A
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 N/A
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 N/A
Reader-to-reader lending No N/A
Cloud storage Yes N/A
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac N/A
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels N/A
Has retail store locations No N/A
Kobo Glo
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