Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch vs Kindle Touch


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


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?

Recharge time


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Amazon Kindle Touch 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Touch  based on its bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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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
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
Can display in landscape mode Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support landscape mode
Lighter weight 184 g vs 213 g Around 15% lighter weight
Front view of Amazon Kindle Touch

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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
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
Significantly more storage capacity 3 GB vs 1 GB 3x 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


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


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 No
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No Yes


Internal storage 1 GB 3 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 4 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Plastic and rubber
Size 114 x 165 x 10 mm 119 x 173 x 10 mm
Weight 184 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes


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

technical specs

Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
Image support


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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