Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs 7


How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Glo
Nexus 7
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Glo
Nexus 7
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?

Kobo Glo
Nexus 7
Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time


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Nexus 7
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Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Glo
Nexus 7

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

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
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
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 347 g More than 45% lighter weight
Thinner 10 mm vs 10.5 mm Around 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Google Nexus 7

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Has an app store Google Play vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
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 1,720ms vs 3,860ms 2.2x 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 1,200 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 20% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Slightly higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 758 More than 30% higher resolution screen
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


Kobo Glo  vs
Nexus 7 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1280 x 800
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 212 ppi 215 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


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 No

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Platic and rubber back
Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm
Weight 185 g 347 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes


Kobo Glo  vs
Nexus 7 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

technical specs

Processor 1,000 MHz 1,200 MHz


Uses an open platform Yes Yes


Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
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