Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Paperwhite

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, SunSpider, Recharge time and boot-up

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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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
Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 28 hour More than 95% longer battery life; read more between charges
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 faster web browser 3,860ms vs 4,500ms Around 15% faster web browser
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Lighter weight 185 g vs 221 g More than 15% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 3.5 hours vs 4 hours Around 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
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 9 mm vs 10 mm 10% 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

Reviews Word on the street

Kobo Glo  vs Kindle Paperwhite 

7.0
9.0

7.8
7.1

Overall

7.6 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1024 x 768
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 212 ppi 213 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight Paperwhite
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
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

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
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

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 185 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No
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Comments

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Very nice comparison here between the Kobo Glo and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite! http://newpaperwhite.wordpress.com/
Unsure how the kindle paperwhite is meant to support audiobooks?
"Document support" section looks like turned on its head. As far as I know AZW is Amazon's format so Kindle should support it, not Kobo. Also I recall Kindle doesn't support EPUB. http://note.io/GDixNH
The real deal-breaker (for me, anyway) is ePub compatibility. Before buying an eBook, find out what format your library (or other free sources, or unlocked books) come in. What about Mobi or PDF? Or even plain text files?
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