Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Glo

Both Amazon and Kobo made some announcements today, revealing new versions of the Kindle and Kobo e-readers.

Introducing the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Glo. (Note: Affiliate links!)

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 PaperwhiteKobo Glo
Display6″ Paperwhite display with patented built-in light, 212 ppi, 16-level gray scale6” E Ink XGA Pearl screen; 1024×768 resolution; 16-level grey scale
Size6.7″ 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)
Weight7.5 ounces (213 grams)6.5 ounces (185 grams)
Storage2GB (approximately 1.25GB available for user content)2GB (approximately 1GB available for user content)
Battery Life28 hours of continuous use with light on55 hours of continuous use with light on
ConnectivityWi Fi 802.11 b/g/nWi Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Warranty1 year limited warranty1 year limited warranty
Return PolicyWithin 30 days of deliveryWithin 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.