Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T1 vs Aura


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size


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?

Battery life


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Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Aura 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Reader PRS-T1

Reasons to consider the
Sony Reader PRS-T1

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Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Front view of Kobo Aura

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Aura

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Much bigger bookstore 3.2 M book 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
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 15 hour 2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Thinner 8.1 mm vs 8.9 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Higher resolution screen 1024 x 758 vs 800 x 600 More than 60% higher resolution screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Reader PRS-T1  vs
Kobo Aura 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 758
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 212 ppi


Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No No


Memory 1.3 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 173 x 110 x 8.9 mm 114 x 150 x 8.1 mm
Weight 168 g 174 g
Headphone jack Yes No

technical specs

Reader PRS-T1  vs
Kobo Aura 
RAM 256 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,000 MHz


Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Reader Store Kobo Books
EBookstore size 0.82 M book 3.2 M book
Free content free content 0.02 M books 1.89 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 $9.95
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 38
Reader-to-reader lending No No
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC, Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations Yes No
Sony Reader PRS-T1
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