Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Wireless eReader vs Basic

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 and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Wireless eReader

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Kobo Wireless eReader

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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
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 3 hours More than 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Basic

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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Much faster page turns 0.5 s vs 1.3 s 2.6x faster page turns
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle 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
Thinner 8.7 mm vs 10 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 170 g vs 221 g Around 25% lighter weight
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 25% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Longer battery life 14 hour vs 10 hour 40% longer battery life; read more between charges

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Wireless eReader  vs
Kindle Basic 
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 None None
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
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 1 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 120 x 184 x 10 mm 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 221 g 170 g
Interface D-pad D-pad
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Wireless eReader  vs
Kindle Basic 
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

Document support
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
ePUB
PDF
HTML
MOBI

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.24
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, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No
Kobo Wireless eReader
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