Both Amazon and Kobo made some announcements today, revealing new versions of the Kindle and Kobo e-readers.
As an avid reader and user of my Kindle Keyboard, I wanted to take a look at these two side-by-side to make my purchasing decision easier and I figure I would share.
|Kindle Paperwhite||Kobo Glo|
|Display||6″ Paperwhite display with patented built-in light, 212 ppi, 16-level gray scale||6” E Ink XGA Pearl screen; 1024×768 resolution; 16-level grey scale|
|Size||6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169mm x 117mm x 9.1mm)||6.2″ x 4.5″ x 0.39″ (157mm x 114mm x 10mm)|
|Weight||7.5 ounces (213 grams)||6.5 ounces (185 grams)|
|Storage||2GB (approximately 1.25GB available for user content)||2GB (approximately 1GB available for user content)|
|Battery Life||28 hours of continuous use with light on||55 hours of continuous use with light on|
|Connectivity||Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Warranty||1 year limited warranty||1 year limited warranty|
|Return Policy||Within 30 days of delivery||Within 30 days of delivery|
NOTE: I calculated the Kindle Paperwhite’s 28 hour battery life by taking 30 minutes per day with light on, multiplying it with 8 weeks and finding the number of hours from that. Not sure if entirely accurate, but I wanted a comparable number with Kobo Glo’s numbers.
It’s a pretty even race, from my point of view.
Personally, the most important factors are the size and weight. The Kindle Paperwhite is taller and wider than the Kobo Glo, but also a hair thinner.
I think I’m going to give both a purchase and figure out which one I like using the most. I’m a little more entrenched into the Amazon ecosystem (with plenty of books and a lot of store credit to use up) but I would be happy to switch if I received a significantly better reading experience from the Kobo Glo.
If you’re purchasing one of the new Kindle or Kobo models, please do share in the comments which one you will be buying and why. I’m very curious!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that the Kobo internal storage can be expanded by 32GB using a micro SD card. Personally, not a factor for me, but people should know.