Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch vs DX

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Touch
6.4
Kindle DX
7.9
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Touch
8.6
Kindle DX
10.0
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?

Touch
4.0
Kindle DX
5.0
Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Touch
7.1
Kindle DX
5.7
Reviews from wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Touch
6.4
Kindle DX
6.9

Winner
Amazon Kindle DX 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle DX  based on its display, bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Touch

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Touch

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Much lighter weight 184 g vs 536 g 2.9x lighter weight
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 a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Significantly faster page turns 0.86 s vs 1.2 s Around 30% faster page turns
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Front view of Amazon Kindle DX

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Amazon Kindle DX

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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Much bigger screen 9.7" vs 6" More than 60% bigger screen
Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle 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
Much higher resolution screen 1200 x 824 vs 800 x 600 More than 2x higher resolution screen
Much more storage capacity 3.3 GB vs 1 GB More than 3.2x more storage capacity
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 25% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Quicker recharging 4 hours vs 5 hours 20% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Touch  vs
Kindle DX 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1200 x 824
Screen size 6" 9.7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 150 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 3.3 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 114 x 165 x 10 mm 183 x 264 x 9.6 mm
Weight 184 g 536 g
Interface touchscreen physical keyboard
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Touch  vs
Kindle DX 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Document support
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
CBR
CBZ
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
PNG
TIFF
GIF
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.24
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, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No
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