Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Mini vs Glo

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?

Kobo Mini
5.8
Kobo Glo
10.0
Battery life, SunSpider, Recharge time and boot-up

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from techradar.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

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 185 g Around 30% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 3.5 hours Around 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Kobo Glo

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Glo

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Has a built-in light ComfortLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 15 hour Around 3.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
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
Much faster web browser 3,860ms vs 4,899ms More than 20% faster web browser
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Significantly higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 800 x 600 More than 60% higher resolution screen
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Faster page turns 0.65 s vs 0.82 s More than 20% faster page turns

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Mini  vs
Glo 
Gray shades 16 16
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 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 Yes
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No No

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 1 GB
Expansion slot None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

connectivity

Kobo Mini  vs
Glo 
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

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Plastic and tough rubber
Size 102 x 133 x 10 mm 114 x 157 x 10 mm
Weight 134 g 185 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No
Kobo Mini
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