Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini vs Aura HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Mini
6.3
Aura HD
10.0
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Mini
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 Mini
2.7
Aura HD
5.1
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Mini
7.0
Aura HD
n.d.
Reviews from techradar.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Mini
5.7
Aura HD
7.9

Winner
Kobo Aura HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Aura HD  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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Lighter weight 134 g vs 240 g Around 45% lighter weight
Thinner 10 mm vs 11.7 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Kobo Aura HD

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Kobo Aura HD

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Has a built-in light ComfortLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Much higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 800 x 600 Around 3.2x higher resolution screen
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
Noticeably bigger screen 6.8" vs 5" More than 35% bigger screen
Much more storage capacity 4 GB vs 1 GB 4x more storage capacity
Longer battery life 28 hour vs 15 hour More than 85% longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Mini  vs
Aura HD 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1440 x 1080
Screen size 5" 6.8"
Pixel density 200 ppi 264 ppi
Built-in light None 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 None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 102 x 133 x 10 mm 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm
Weight 134 g 240 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Kobo Mini  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 800 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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