Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of eReader vs Mini

Display

How do the screens stack up?

eReader
5.2
iPad Mini
4.6
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

eReader
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?

eReader
5.2
iPad Mini
4.0
Battery life and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

eReader
n.d.
iPad Mini
8.7
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

eReader
6.2
iPad Mini
5.6

Winner
Kobo eReader 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo eReader  based on its display, bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo eReader

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Kobo 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
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Lighter weight 227 g vs 312 g More than 25% lighter weight
Noticeably quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 3.6 hours More than 30% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Apple iPad Mini

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Has an app store Mac App Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Significantly thinner 7.2 mm vs 10.2 mm Around 30% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Bigger screen 7.9" vs 6" More than 30% bigger screen
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Higher resolution screen 1024 x 768 vs 800 x 600 Around 65% higher resolution screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

eReader  vs
iPad Mini 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 768
Screen size 6" 7.9"
Pixel density 166 ppi 162 ppi
Built-in light None LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen None Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books iBookstore
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $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 Aluminum and glass
Size 119 x 183 x 10.2 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Weight 227 g 312 g
Interface D-pad touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

eReader  vs
iPad Mini 
Cellular data None 4G
Wi-Fi None 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 1 GB 64 GB
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