Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Wireless eReader vs Touch


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


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

Recharge time


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Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Wireless eReader 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Wireless eReader  based on its performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Wireless eReader

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Wireless eReader

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Much quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 5 hours 2x quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Kobo Touch

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Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Much faster page turns 0.86 s vs 1.3 s Around 35% faster page turns
Lighter weight 184 g vs 221 g More than 15% lighter weight

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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Wireless eReader  vs
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 Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes


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 No


Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 1 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic Plastic and tough rubber
Size 120 x 184 x 10 mm 114 x 165 x 10 mm
Weight 221 g 184 g
Interface D-pad touchscreen
Headphone jack No No


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

technical specs

Document support


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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