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
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 347 g Around 35% lighter weight
Quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 3 hours More than 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Google Nexus 7

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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 Google Play 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
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
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 1280 x 800 vs 800 x 600 Around 2.2x higher resolution screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

eReader  vs
Nexus 7 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1280 x 800
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 215 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 Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None

connectivity

eReader  vs
Nexus 7 
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi None 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

features

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 No

form factor

Housing type Plastic Platic and rubber back
Size 119 x 183 x 10.2 mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm
Weight 227 g 347 g
Interface D-pad touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
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