Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of eReader vs HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

eReader
5.2
NOOK HD
5.8
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

eReader
8.6
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?

eReader
5.2
NOOK HD
3.5
Battery life and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

eReader
n.d.
NOOK HD
7.3
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

eReader
5.8
NOOK HD
5.9

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD  based on its display and bookstore.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo eReader

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Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Lighter weight 227 g vs 315 g Around 30% lighter weight
Thinner 10.2 mm vs 11 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Much quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 4.5 hours Around 45% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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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 NOOK Apps vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book 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
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
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
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 800 x 600 Around 2.8x higher resolution screen
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

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

eReader  vs
NOOK HD 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1440 x 900
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 242 ppi
Built-in light None LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen None Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

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) microSD (up to 64GB)
Memory 1 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 119 x 183 x 10.2 mm 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm
Weight 227 g 315 g
Interface D-pad touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

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

technical specs

Document support
XLS
DOC
PDF
XLX
TXT
PPT
ePUB
CBZ
PDF

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.64
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, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations No Yes
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