Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini vs Aura


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

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?

Battery life


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Kobo Mini
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Kobo Aura 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Aura  based on its display and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Mini

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Mini

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Slightly lighter weight 134 g vs 174 g Around 25% lighter weight
Front view of Kobo Aura

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Kobo Aura

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Has a built-in light ComfortLight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Expandable memory microSD 32GB vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 15 hour 2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly thinner 8.1 mm vs 10 mm Around 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 800 x 600 More than 60% higher resolution screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Kobo Mini  vs
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 758
Screen size 5" 6"
Pixel density 200 ppi 212 ppi
Built-in light None ComfortLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes


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


Expansion slot None microSD 32GB
Memory 2 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 102 x 133 x 10 mm 114 x 150 x 8.1 mm
Weight 134 g 174 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No


Kobo Mini  vs
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 1,000 MHz


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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