Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Aura

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

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?

Kobo Glo
10.0
Kobo Aura
5.5
Battery life

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 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 30 hour Around 85% longer battery life; read more between charges
Front view of Kobo Aura

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Kobo Aura

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Significantly thinner 8.1 mm vs 10 mm Around 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
Aura 
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 Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No No

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD 32GB
Memory 2 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 114 x 150 x 8.1 mm
Weight 185 g 174 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
Aura 
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 1,000 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books Kobo Books
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.2 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.89 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.95
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No No
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC, Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No No
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