Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of PRS-T2 vs Mini

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, Recharge time and boot-up

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 Mini 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Mini  based on its display, bookstore and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Sony Reader PRS-T2

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Sony Reader PRS-T2

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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
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 15 hour 2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Many more refreshes before wipe 15 vs 6 9 more refreshes before wipe
Faster page turns 0.6 s vs 0.82 s More than 25% faster page turns
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Slightly thinner 9.5 mm vs 10 mm 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Slightly more storage capacity 1.3 GB vs 1 GB More than 30% more storage capacity
Quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 3 hours More than 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Kobo Mini

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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
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Lighter weight 134 g vs 164 g Around 20% lighter weight

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Kobo Mini 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 5"
Pixel density 166 ppi 200 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device Yes No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration Yes No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls No No

storage

Internal storage 1.3 GB 1 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 1.3 GB 2 GB

connectivity

Reader PRS-T2  vs
Kobo Mini 
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 800 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

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Plastic and tough rubber
Size 111.1 x 174.6 x 9.5 mm 102 x 133 x 10 mm
Weight 164 g 134 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No
Sony Reader PRS-T2
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