Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of eReader 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 and Recharge time

Reviews

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Reviews from multiple trusted sites

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

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Bookstore syncs usage data to cloud Yes (Kobo Books) vs No About half of E-Readers support to cloud
Much bigger bookstore 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) vs 0.82 M book (Reader Store) Around 4x larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Much quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 5 hours 2x quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight

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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 ComfortLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 10 hour 3x longer battery life; read more between charges
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 vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Significantly higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 800 x 600 More than 60% higher resolution screen
Lighter weight 180 g vs 227 g More than 20% lighter weight
Thinner 9.4 mm vs 10.2 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

eReader  vs
Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 758
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 212 ppi
Built-in light None ComfortLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen None Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books Reader Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 0.82 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 0.02 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.87
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 29
Reader-to-reader lending No No
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 and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No Yes

connectivity

eReader  vs
Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight 
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi None 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

features

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

storage

Memory 1 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic Aluminum
Size 119 x 183 x 10.2 mm 120 x 166 x 9.4 mm
Weight 227 g 180 g
Interface D-pad touchscreen & buttons
Headphone jack No No
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