Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch vs Mini

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Touch
6.4
Kobo Mini
6.8
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Touch
8.6
Kobo Mini
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?

Touch
5.3
Kobo Mini
7.1
SunSpider, Recharge time and boot-up

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Touch
7.1
Kobo Mini
7.0
Reviews from wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Touch
6.7
Kobo Mini
7.1

Winner
Kobo Mini 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Mini  based on its display 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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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
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Front view of Kobo Mini

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Mini

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Lighter weight 134 g vs 184 g More than 25% lighter weight
Noticeably quicker recharging 3 hours vs 5 hours 40% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Touch  vs
Mini 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 5"
Pixel density 166 ppi 200 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 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 microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Plastic and tough rubber
Size 114 x 165 x 10 mm 102 x 133 x 10 mm
Weight 184 g 134 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Touch  vs
Mini 
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
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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