Comparing the Kindle Paperwhite to the Kobo eReaders

We compare the various versions of the Kobo to the Kindle Papwerwhite.

 Kindle Paper WhiteKobo MiniKobo GloKobo TouchKobo Arc
Size
  169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm 102 x 133 x 10 mm 114 x 157 x 10 mm 114 mm X 165 mm 189 X 120 X 11.5 mm
Weight
  213 g 134 g 185 g 185 g 364 g
Processor
  Unknown 800 MHz processor 1 GHz processor

0.8 GHz processor
Freescale 508 Processor

1.5 GHz dual core processor. 1 GB RAM.
Display
 

6" Paperwhite display with patented built-in light, 212 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale

5" E Ink touchscreen; Vizplex V110 display; 16-level grey scale 6" E Ink XGA Pearl screen; 1024x758 resolution; 16-level grey scale 6" E Ink XGA Pearl screen; 800 x 600 resolution
16-level grey scale

7” multi-touch IPS display.

1280 x 800 HD resolution; 215 ppi; displays 16.4 million colours; clarity at extra wide viewing angles (+/-) 89 degrees.

Graphics Processor
  None None None None Dual-core graphics. Up to 1080p video playback. Support for 3D games.
Display Illumination
  Paperwhite display with patented built-in ligh None Built-in ComfortLight technology with micro-thin hard coating for durability and even light distribution None Backlit IPS display
Screen
  Touchscreen ink display. Responsive touchscreen for glare-free, fingerprint-resistant readingResponsive touchscreen for glare-free, fingerprint-resistant readingResponsive touchscreen for glare-free, fingerprint-resistant reading Touchscreen colour display.
Buttons
  Power on/off Power on/off Power on/off, light on/off Power on/off Power on/off
Connectivity
 

Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB

3G version available.

Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB cable.
Storage
  2 GB internal (1.25 GB available to store content) 2GB (1 GB available to store content) 2 GB (1 GB available to store content)
Option to expand up to 32 GB with a Micro SD card

 

16, 32, and 64 GB models.
Battery
  A single charge lasts up to 8 weeks; based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Over 1 month with Wi Fi turned off. 1 month with Wi Fi turned off.
Up to 70 hours of continuous usage with ComfortLight on.
1 month with Wi Fi turned off. 10 hours of reading and 2 weeks of standby.
Supported File Formats
  Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion Books: EPUB, PDF and MOBI
Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG and TIFF
Text: TXT, HTML, XHTML, and RTF
Comic Books: CBZ and CBR
Supported Media Formats
  N/A N/A N/A N/A Audio: MP#, AAC, AAC+, MP3,.3gp, mp4, m4a, flac, ogg, wav, mid.
Video: 3gp, mp4, webm, H.263, H.264, VP8
Device Colours
  Black Available in black or white.
Three interchangeable backs are available for purchase: ruby, purple, and teal.
Black Night. Pink Sunset. Blue Moon. Silver Star.
Each featuring Kobo‘s signature soft quilted back
Lilac, blue, silver, black, and white Black and white.
eBookstore
 

Over 1.4 Million eBooks, Newspapers, and magazines.

Free titles available.

Over 3 million eBooks, newspapers, and magazines.

Over 1 million free titles.

Web Browser
  Kindle Web Browser Kobo Web Browser Android 4.0 web browser
Audio
  None None None None Built-in dual front-facing speakers and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with SRS TruMedia™ sound.
Camera
  None None None None 720p HD front-facing camera (1.3 MP). Autofocus. Face detection with Face Unlock. Skype™ Certified.
Navigation
  N/A N/A N/A N/A Home, back, and menu touch sensors. Power and volume buttons.
Operating System
  Kindle Kobo Kobo Kobo

Open access to Android™ 4.0.

Tapestries — Kobo’s exclusive interface for easy content discovery.

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