Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T2 vs Aura HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

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

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com and theverge.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Kobo Aura HD 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Sony Reader PRS-T2

Reasons to consider the
Sony Reader PRS-T2

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Significantly thinner 9.5 mm vs 11.7 mm Around 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 164 g vs 240 g More than 30% lighter weight
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Front view of Kobo Aura HD

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Aura HD

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Has a built-in light ComfortLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Much higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 800 x 600 Around 3.2x higher resolution screen
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 more storage capacity 4 GB vs 1.3 GB More than 3x more storage capacity
Bigger screen 6.8" vs 6" Around 15% bigger screen
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Aura HD 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1440 x 1080
Screen size 6" 6.8"
Pixel density 166 ppi 264 ppi
Built-in light None ComfortLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes

storage

Internal storage 1.3 GB 4 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 1.3 GB 4 GB

form factor

Size 111.1 x 174.6 x 9.5 mm 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm
Weight 164 g 240 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Aura HD 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Processor 1,000 MHz 1,000 MHz

bookstore

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 and 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-T2
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