Product Comparison: Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura ONE


General Specifications
Brand
Kindle
Kobo
Model
Paperwhite
Aura ONE
Origin
China
Taiwan
About the Product
Kindle Paperwhite offers Bookerly, an exclusive font crafted from the ground up for reading on digital screens. Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but is hand-crafted for great readability at any font size.
Designed with the help of our most passionate customers, Kobo Aura ONE was crafted to deliver the absolute best reading experience, period. At Kobo, we are 100% focused on making the reading experience better for Booklovers around the world. With Kobo Aura ONE, we took it one step further. We invited a group of our customers to work alongside us from start to finish. They challenged us to push the limits on screen size, front-light technology and easier access to the stories they love. The result? An eReader unlike any other.
Key Specs
Screen Size
6 in.
7.8 in.
Screen Resolution
300 ppi
300 ppi
Backlit Display
Yes
Yes

Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Aura ONE

Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Aura ONE

What customers say about "Key Specs"
Kindle Paperwhite eReader, High-Resolution Display, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
  • The backlight looks great. It's a perfect size. And because it's one page at a time, you overcome another annoyance of physical books.
  • First and foremost, it feels so good reading one hand with it. It is perfect for one hand use: perfect weight, perfect size, perfect grip. I like the feel of it so much I just can't put a case on it. I purchased a sleeve for it when it's not in use.
  • The screen is beautiful. Being able to read either in complete darkness or in direct sunlight is a thing of beauty - especially coming from an iPhone.
  • I wish the screen had a bit more contrast. It seems like the Voyage might excel here but for the price difference I'm still satisfied.
  • Lighting issues - obviously, not all Kindles are made with the same tone of lights
  • There is no way to make a black background while having lit text. This makes reading before bed very frustrating since I don't want such a bright light shining in my face. Because this is when I do my most reading, it loses two stars for not including this basic feature.
Kobo Aura ONE
  • The display is crisp and well-defined, and the backlight is even in brightness, though not perfectly consistent in color.
  • I love the size. I saw people complaining about the large border size. Something must have changed.... I don't see this problem.
  • As for The Kobo Aura One, it's the biggest eReader with a 7.8" screen and a crisp 300ppi display. This makes a HUGE difference when compared to your standard 6" reader, so much so that you will never go back, trust me.
  • The screen size is exactly the size I want it to be, perfect for reading technical books that have lots of illustrations.
  • Auto blue light dimming: Screen gets yellower as it gets close to bed-time. Makes it easy on the eyes and helps me to not stay up too late.
  • Response time can be laggy, and sometimes doesn't register a tap or swipe
  • Unable to go to specific page or percent to go to in a book, you have to use a clumsy slider. Really annoying.
Size & Weight
Height
6.7 in.
7.7 in.
Width
4.6 in.
5.45 in.
Depth
0.36 in.
0.23 in.
Weight
7.2 oz.
8.11 oz.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Aura ONE

Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Aura ONE

Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Aura ONE

Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Aura ONE

Features
Color
Black
Black
Control Type
Touchscreen
Touchscreen
Adjustable Brightness
Yes
Yes
Adjustable Font Size
Yes
Yes
Supported Media Formats
Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
ePub, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, HTML, TIFF, CBZ, CBR, TXT
Interface(s)
Micro USB
Micro USB
Battery Type
Lithium polymer
Lithium-ion
Extras
VoiceView screen reader, Amazon's largest high-resolution display, Ideal for one-handed reading, Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Waterproof from the inside out with HZO Protection™, IPX8 - up to 60 mins in 2 metres of water, ComfortLight PRO
What customers say about "Features"
Kindle Paperwhite eReader, High-Resolution Display, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
  • The battery lasts forever. I've had it for almost a week now, and haven't had to charge it yet. The battery is still quite full.
  • You can plug it into your laptop and load other books (but sometimes it won't even with some common formats)
  • Easier access to configuration settings, i.e. better user interface
  • Also appreciate the ease of changing dictionaries once the definition comes up.
  • The battery life has dropped from 8 weeks at ½ hour of reading per day to 6 weeks at ½ hour of reading per day (Roughly 28 hours to 21 hours). That is due to the additional energy required for the higher resolution screen and the power to render the higher resolution of text.
  • Swiping the screen to unlock. I have plenty of tablets that require me to swipe them to start using them. It's not something I ever wanted in a reader.
Kobo Aura ONE
  • The software is reliable and speedy, and the Overdrive integration is perfect.
  • This reader also supports every format I've tried.
  • Nice weight, excellent battery life, and the light color options are perfect - i prefer a more natural/warm white than most e-readers have with their almost blue backlights
  • Supports multiple formats: I have many MOBI files I just don't feel like converting. It's nice to be able to have a mixture of EPUB and MOBI files and the reader handles them all just fine.
  • With heavy use, it requires a charge every other day.
  • Vertical swipes to control brightness are ineffective because too short a stroke fails to register, and too long overshoots.
  • No (micro)SD slot. Unlike previous Kobo ereaders, there's no exanding the storage (can't open it up and take out the flash storage device either), so you're capped at 8GB.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
FCC, CE
CE
Other Information
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