Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Keyboard

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 and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from pcmag.com and wired.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Glo

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Glo

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Has a built-in light ComfortLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
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
Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 30 hour Around 85% longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly faster page turns 0.65 s vs 1.03 s More than 35% faster page turns
Lighter weight 185 g vs 274 g More than 30% lighter weight
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
Quicker recharging 3.5 hours vs 4.5 hours More than 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
More refreshes before wipe 6 vs 4 2 more refreshes before wipe
Front view of Amazon Kindle Keyboard

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Amazon Kindle Keyboard

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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
Much more storage capacity 3.3 GB vs 1 GB More than 3.2x more storage capacity
Thinner 9 mm vs 10 mm 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
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

Reviews Word on the street

Kobo Glo  vs Kindle Keyboard 

7.0
9.0
With just 25 European newspapers and more than 700,000 books in the Kindle US store there remains room for improvement, but momentum is building fast.
Kindle Keyboard

7.8
6.5

Overall

7.6 Out of 10
7.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
Kindle Keyboard 
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 Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 3.3 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 4 GB

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
Kindle Keyboard 
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

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

form factor

Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 123 x 190 x 9 mm
Weight 185 g 274 g
Interface touchscreen physical keyboard
Headphone jack No Yes
Kobo Glo
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