Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Simple Touch

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, Recharge time and boot-up

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from pcmag.com and wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Kobo Glo 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Glo  based on its display and performance.

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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
Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 30 hour Around 85% longer battery life; read more between charges
Thinner 10 mm vs 12 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Significantly faster page turns 0.65 s vs 1.03 s More than 35% faster page turns
Significantly higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 800 x 600 More than 60% higher resolution screen
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Slightly lighter weight 185 g vs 212 g Around 15% lighter weight
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch

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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
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 3.5 hours Around 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
NOOK Simple 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

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 No
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 1.26 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
NOOK Simple Touch 
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

Processor 1,000 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
CBR
CBZ
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
PNG
TIFF
GIF
BMP

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

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 185 g 212 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No
Kobo Glo
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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch
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