Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini vs Simple Touch GlowLight

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

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Reviews from techradar.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  based on its bookstore, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Mini

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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
Lighter weight 134 g vs 198 g More than 30% lighter weight
Faster page turns 0.82 s vs 1.03 s More than 20% faster page turns
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Has a built-in light GlowLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
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
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
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 15 hour 2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Mini  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 5" 6"
Pixel density 200 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light None GlowLight
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 None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

connectivity

Kobo Mini  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
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 800 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 102 x 133 x 10 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 134 g 198 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No
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