Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Aura HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Glo
7.4
Aura HD
10.0
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Glo
8.6
Aura HD
8.6
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
Aura HD
5.1
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Glo
7.6
Aura HD
N/A
Reviews from pcmag.com and wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Glo
8.2
Aura HD
7.9

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 28 hour More than 95% longer battery life; read more between charges
Thinner 10 mm vs 11.7 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 185 g vs 240 g Around 25% lighter weight
Front view of Kobo Aura HD

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Aura HD

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Much higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 1024 x 758 More than 2x higher resolution screen
Much more storage capacity 4 GB vs 1 GB 4x more storage capacity
Bigger screen 6.8" vs 6" Around 15% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  vs
Aura HD 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1440 x 1080
Screen size 6" 6.8"
Pixel density 212 ppi 264 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight ComfortLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 4 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm
Weight 185 g 240 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Kobo Glo  vs
Aura HD 
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
Document support
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
CBR
CBZ
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
TIFF

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 and 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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