Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs 4

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Glo
6.0
iPad 4
7.8
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Glo
10.0
iPad 4
9.7
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

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

Kobo Glo
10.0
iPad 4
4.8
Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Glo
7.6
iPad 4
7.4
Reviews from pcmag.com and wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Glo
7.6
iPad 4
7.2

Winner
Kobo Glo 

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

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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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Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 10 hour 5.5x longer battery life; read more between charges
Much lighter weight 185 g vs 652 g 3.5x lighter weight
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
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Front view of Apple iPad 4

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Has an app store Mac App Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Much bigger screen 9.7" vs 6" More than 60% bigger screen
Much higher resolution screen 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 758 More than 4x higher resolution screen
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Much faster web browser 850ms vs 3,860ms 4.5x faster web browser
Thinner 9 mm vs 10 mm 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Faster processor 1,400 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 40% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
iPad 4 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 2048 x 1536
Screen size 6" 9.7"
Pixel density 212 ppi 263 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 16 GB

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
iPad 4 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

technical specs

Processor 1,000 MHz 1,400 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books iBookstore
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.45
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 36
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations No Yes

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Aluminum and glass
Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 241 x 186 x 9 mm
Weight 185 g 652 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
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