Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Vox vs Mini

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Vox
10.0
iPad Mini
9.7
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPad Mini 

Reader Rocket recommends the Apple iPad Mini  based on its display, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Vox

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Vox

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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
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Front view of Apple iPad Mini

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Apple iPad Mini

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Much thinner 7.2 mm vs 13 mm Around 45% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Much faster web browser 1,457ms vs 7,931ms 5.4x faster web browser
Lighter weight 312 g vs 403 g Around 25% lighter weight
Bigger screen 7.9" vs 7" Around 15% bigger screen
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7 hour Around 45% longer battery life; read more between charges
Faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Vox  vs
iPad Mini 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 768
Screen size 7" 7.9"
Pixel density 169 ppi 162 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 8 GB 64 GB

connectivity

Kobo Vox  vs
iPad Mini 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
Cellular data None 4G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 512 MB 512 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,000 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kindle Store iBookstore
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 $9.45
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 36
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations No Yes

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Aluminum and glass
Size 128 x 192 x 13 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Weight 403 g 312 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Kobo Vox
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