Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Touch


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and Recharge time


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from and

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Glo

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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
Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 30 hour Around 85% 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 higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 800 x 600 More than 60% higher resolution screen
Can display in landscape mode Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support landscape mode
Faster page turns 0.65 s vs 0.85 s Around 25% faster page turns
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Lighter weight 185 g vs 213 g Around 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 Touch

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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
Significantly more storage capacity 3 GB vs 1 GB 3x more storage capacity
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
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

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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Kobo Glo  vs
Kindle Touch 
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 Infrared
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes


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 No
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No Yes


Internal storage 1 GB 3 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 4 GB


Kobo Glo  vs
Kindle Touch 
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
Image support


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 rubber
Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 119 x 173 x 10 mm
Weight 185 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
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