Kobo Aura HD VS Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

kobo aura vs kindle paperwhite

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and Kobo Aura HD are have reached the apex on what the current generation of e-Readers can do.  These two devices are released by companies who both sell the hardware and digital content. The big hyping factor behind these two electronic readers is the ability to read in the dark via the front-lit display and the high resolution. Today, we pit these head to head in a video comparison, to give you a sense on what they both bring to the table.

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite features a six inch e-ink Pearl display with tremendous resolution. You are looking at a very solid 1024×768, which  makes pictures looking very crisp. It runs on a 800 MHZ CPU processor and has 512 MB of RAM. There is 2 GB of internal storage and most purchases you make are stored in the cloud, one of the drawbacks is there is no expandable memory. Amazon has one of the deepest ecosystems in the world, and has over 1.2 million books that are mainstream bestsellers and thousands of self-published titles.

The Kobo Aura HD features a 6.8 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1440×1080 with 265 DPI. This e-reader is seriously the best in the business with its high-definition display. The Kindle Fire HD 7 has 1280×800 and the Nook HD has 1440×900. What this means is that as an e-reader, it actually has better image quality than the majority of mainstream tablets on the market. The Aura HD also has a built in comfort light, which allows you to read in the dark with a front-lit display. It is powered by a 1 GB processor and has 4 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via a SD Card.

People choose e-Readers because of their minimal distractions and is the closest you can get to reading a real book. The Aura edges out the Paperwhite in terms of screen resolution, screen size and brightness of the front-lit display. Pictures, text and UI elements tend to look better on the Aura, and the extra 1 inch screen size really enhances your experience.

Over the course of this video comparison we check out the eBook reading experience with purchased books and also PDF files. You can get a sense on what type of augmentation options you can employ via fonts, linespacing, margins, highlights, dictionaries and annotations. We also dive deep into the core features both bring to the table and by the end of the video you should get a strong sense on what e-Reader is perfect for you.


Michael Kozlowski (5151 Posts)

Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about electronic readers and technology for the last four years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the Huffington Post, CNET and more. Michael frequently travels to international events such as IFA, Computex, CES, Book Expo and a myriad of others. If you have any questions about any of his articles, please send an email to michael@goodereader.com

  • Vik Chopra

    Learn more about the design motivation of the Aura HD at 50s into this vid….

  • Boomer

    Could you do a video showing how you get a book borrowed from a library onto each of these readers? I particularly want to know if it can be done using nothing but the ereader.

  • Marian

    Sorry, if I am asking a stupid question, but I have never owned Kobo e-reader, so I have to ask… I have noticed that when reading the book on Kobo Aura HD there is approximately 1 centimeter from the top information about name of the book and at approximately 1 centimeter from the bottom there are the some icons (it can be nicely seen in the picture comparing Kindel with Kobo). Are these icons and/or information fields always displayed during the reading? Because it seem to me a bit a wasting of space. On the one side Kobo increased the display size, but on the other side there are permanently displayed information fields that consume the space. So at the end the increase of display is not so beneficial.

    Thanks for the answer.

  • technome

    Surely, it would be more appropriate to compare the Kindle Paperwhite to the Kobo Glo. They’re pretty much identical, spec wise.

    The Aura is in a field of its own for now.

  • Bart

    Nope, they are only there when you choose to bring them up. Otherwise other than the ebook text all you have is page x of xxx at the bottom.

  • Bart

    Kobo Aura cannot directly borrow an ebook from the library, to the best of my knowledge. It certainly doesn’t have the facility the sony’s have for doing that. You’d normally use Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and send it to the device from there.

  • Tanya

    Since Kobos last update, intergrating Adobe Digital with the Kobo software has become very finicky. You have to connect your Kobo to your computer, initialize AD which will then not open completely until you momentarily disconnect your ereader, you then reconnect the ereader. Then when trying to drag the library borrowed book, sometimes it’ll work or sometimes it’ll error and you have to play with the files until it finally works….so annoying, I’m actually now looking at othdr ereaders even though I love my Kobo.