Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Basic

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?

Battery life, Recharge time and boot-up

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, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Glo

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Has a built-in light ComfortLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 14 hour Around 4x longer battery life; read more between charges
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
Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Significantly higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 800 x 600 More than 60% higher resolution screen
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Amazon Kindle Basic

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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Thinner 8.7 mm vs 10 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Faster page turns 0.5 s vs 0.65 s Around 25% faster page turns
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 25% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 3.5 hours Around 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
Kindle Basic 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 212 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

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

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 1.25 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 185 g 170 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
Kindle Basic 
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

Processor 1,000 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
CBR
CBZ
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
PNG
TIFF
GIF
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No
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