Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Vox vs HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Vox
5.3
NOOK HD
7.2
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Vox
10.0
NOOK HD
9.5
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?

Kobo Vox
5.5
NOOK HD
10.0
Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Vox
6.6
NOOK HD
7.3
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Vox
6.6
NOOK HD
8.1

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD  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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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (30-pin port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (NOOK Book Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs 30-pin port 100% better Input/Output port
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.27 M book (NOOK Book Store) More than 20% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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Much faster web browser 1,271ms vs 7,931ms 6.2x faster web browser
Significantly thinner 11 mm vs 13 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly faster processor 1,300 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 65% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Lighter weight 315 g vs 403 g More than 20% lighter weight
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 1024 x 600 More than 2x higher resolution screen
Longer battery life 10.5 hour vs 7 hour 50% longer battery life; read more between charges

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Vox  vs
NOOK HD 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 1440 x 900
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 169 ppi 242 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) microSD (up to 64GB)
Memory 8 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 128 x 192 x 13 mm 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm
Weight 403 g 315 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kobo Vox  vs
NOOK HD 
Input/Output port micro-USB 30-pin port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 512 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,300 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kindle Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 4 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 $9.64
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations No Yes
Kobo Vox
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