Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Odyssey HD FrontLight

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 and Recharge time

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

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Kobo Glo

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Bookstore syncs usage data to cloud Yes (Kobo Books) vs No About half of E-Readers support to cloud
Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 30 hour Around 85% longer battery life; read more between charges
Much bigger bookstore 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 4x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
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
Noticeably quicker recharging 3.5 hours vs 5 hours 30% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight

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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 vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more storage capacity
Thinner 9.4 mm vs 10 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1024 x 758
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 212 ppi 212 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight ComfortLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes No
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device No Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No Yes

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 2 GB
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Aluminum
Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 120 x 166 x 9.4 mm
Weight 185 g 180 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen & buttons
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 
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

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books Reader Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 0.82 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 0.02 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.87
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 29
Reader-to-reader lending No No
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 and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No Yes
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Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight
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