Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Glo
6.0
NOOK HD
5.8
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Glo
8.6
NOOK HD
9.5
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?

Kobo Glo
9.8
NOOK HD
4.8
Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Glo
7.6
NOOK HD
7.3
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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Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 10.5 hour Around 5.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (30-pin port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs 30-pin port 100% better Input/Output port
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Lighter weight 185 g vs 315 g More than 40% lighter weight
Thinner 10 mm vs 11 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Quicker recharging 3.5 hours vs 4.5 hours More than 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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Has an app store NOOK Apps vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book 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
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
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
Significantly faster web browser 1,271ms vs 3,860ms 3x faster web browser
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
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
Faster processor 1,300 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 30% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 1024 x 758 More than 65% higher resolution screen

Reviews Word on the street

Kobo Glo  vs NOOK HD 

8.0
7.0

7.8
7.2

Overall

7.6 Out of 10
7.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
NOOK HD 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1440 x 900
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 212 ppi 242 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
Evernote integration No Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 64GB)
Memory 2 GB 8 GB

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
NOOK HD 
Input/Output port micro-USB 30-pin port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

Processor 1,000 MHz 1,300 MHz
Document support
XLS
DOC
PDF
XLX
TXT
PPT
RTF
ePUB
CBR
CBZ
HTML
MOBI

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.64
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, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations No Yes

form factor

Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm
Weight 185 g 315 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
Kobo Glo
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