Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch vs Simple Touch

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?

Recharge time and boot-up

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Touch

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Thinner 10 mm vs 12 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Faster page turns 0.86 s vs 1.03 s More than 15% faster page turns
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Lighter weight 184 g vs 212 g Around 15% lighter weight
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch

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Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book 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
Noticeably quicker recharging 3 hours vs 5 hours 40% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Touch  vs
NOOK Simple 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

features

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

storage

Internal storage 1 GB 1.26 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 114 x 165 x 10 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 184 g 212 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Touch  vs
NOOK Simple Touch 
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 800 MHz
Document support
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
CBR
CBZ
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
PNG
TIFF
GIF
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.64
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, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations No Yes
Kobo Touch
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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch
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