Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Vox vs Odyssey HD FrontLight

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?

Battery life

Reviews

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Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 

Reader Rocket recommends the Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight  based on its display and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Vox

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Bookstore syncs usage data to cloud Yes (Kindle Store) vs No About half of E-Readers support to cloud
Much bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 5x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Reader Store) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Front view of Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight

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Much thinner 9.4 mm vs 13 mm Around 30% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 7 hour More than 4.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly lighter weight 180 g vs 403 g 2.2x lighter weight
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Vox  vs
Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 758
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 169 ppi 212 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight ComfortLight
Screen type LCD E-Ink
Touchscreen Capacitive Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

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

storage

Memory 8 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Aluminum
Size 128 x 192 x 13 mm 120 x 166 x 9.4 mm
Weight 403 g 180 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen & buttons
Headphone jack Yes No

connectivity

Kobo Vox  vs
Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 512 MB 128 MB
Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kindle Store Reader Store
EBookstore size 4 M book 0.82 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books 0.02 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 $9.87
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 29
Reader-to-reader lending Yes No
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 and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No Yes
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