Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite – Comparison and Review

Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite – Did you know that the race for the best ebook reader has just gotten more intense? Today we are going to take a look at Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite. Both of this e-readers reflects the cutting edge of the current generation e-ink technology dedicated e-readers.

What’s the main difference between this two?
Well aside of the brands and the deep ecosystems we’re going to look at the hardware.Let’s start with a side by side Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura comparison.

Comparison table – Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Aura
Kindle Paperwhite
display-resolution Display
6 inch Carta E Ink touchscreen
6 inch E Ink glare-free touchscreen
display-resolution Resolution
1440 x 1080; 265 ppi
1448 × 1072 (300 ppi)
cpu CPU & RAM
1 GHz ; 512MB
1 GHz
storage-space Storage space
4 GB up to 32 GB
8 GB and up to 32 GB
Battery Life
Weeks
Weeks
Built-in Light
Yes - ComfortLight
yes - 5 leds
Waterproof
yes - IPX8 (2 Metres, 60 minutes in fresh water)
Wi-Fi
Weight
180 g
6.4 oz (182 g) ; Wi-Fi + 4G LTE: 6.8 oz (191 g)
Size
13 x 159 x 8.5 mm
6.6" x 4.6" x 0.32" (167 x 116 x 8.18 mm)
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Kobo Aura
display-resolution Display
6 inch Carta E Ink touchscreen
display-resolution Resolution
1440 x 1080; 265 ppi
cpu CPU & RAM
1 GHz ; 512MB
storage-space Storage space
4 GB up to 32 GB
Battery Life
Weeks
Built-in Light
Yes - ComfortLight
Waterproof
Wi-Fi
Weight
180 g
Size
13 x 159 x 8.5 mm
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Kindle Paperwhite
display-resolution Display
6 inch E Ink glare-free touchscreen
display-resolution Resolution
1448 × 1072 (300 ppi)
cpu CPU & RAM
1 GHz
storage-space Storage space
8 GB and up to 32 GB
Battery Life
Weeks
Built-in Light
yes - 5 leds
Waterproof
yes - IPX8 (2 Metres, 60 minutes in fresh water)
Wi-Fi
Weight
6.4 oz (182 g) ; Wi-Fi + 4G LTE: 6.8 oz (191 g)
Size
6.6" x 4.6" x 0.32" (167 x 116 x 8.18 mm)

Among waterproof ereaders, the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 is the newest device to rival the highly popular Kindle Paperwhite 3. Coming from the heels of the original Aura in 2014, the Edition 2 promises to be even better to narrow the gap with the king of ereaders. But, does it really cut the mustard?

Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite

kobo aura vs kindle paperwhite
The Paperwhite 3 represents the Kindle brand just as good as the Oasis and the Voyage. After all, they use an identical software and possess the 300 ppi E-ink Carta display. Despite being launched more than three years ago, it can still hold a candle to newer models and other updated ereaders such as the Kobo Aura 2.

I will be presenting you the similarities and differences of the Aura 2 and the Paperwhite 3 based on their front screen, front light LED, price, system software, and hardware.

Looking to the Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura H2O design this two are very similar. The Kindle has a very smooth back with a power button on the side, a micro usb and a status indicator light. There are no buttons on the front. The Kindle has a very simplistic design overall. The Kobo Aura has a micro USB,a micro SD Cars slot for up to 32 Gb extra storage space, a reset button, a power button, status indicator light and a glow light button. The back of the Kobo Aura is very artistic also.

Screen Resolution – Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite

For starters, the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 has a bigger screen size at 6.8 inches versus 6 inches of the third generation Paperwhite. Interestingly, these ereaders weigh about the same at over 200 grams.

While this screen size may be considered an obvious advantage for the Kobo ereader, there is a catch. With the header being present as well as the footer on all Kobo ebooks, the amount of text visible on the screen is about the same as the Paperwhite 3. It will only increase with the Kobo Aura 2 for sideloaded data or when using the mode for full screen.

As far as resolution and pixel density go, the Aura 2 has 1430 X 1080 pixels at 265 ppi. The Kindle Paperwhite 3 on the other hand, has 1448 X 1072 pixels at 300 ppi. This slight difference produces a sharper visual, which makes for a slightly better reading experience.

1.Kindle Aura Resolution – Kobo Aura has a 6.8 inch screen so it’s significantly larger than the Kindle Paperwhite 6 inch screen. As for the resolution the Kobo Aura has a 1440 x 1080 (265 ppi).
2.Kindle Paperwhite Resolution – The Kindle Paperwhite has a 1448 × 1072 (300 ppi). However this resolution exists only on the newest Kindle Paperwhite 4 2018 ..

Frontlight Comparison – Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura

The Kobo Aura 2 front light. The Aura 2 features ComfortLight, which shifts front light colors. By default, it has a blue-white light that can be changed into orange-grey. This helps in minimizing eye strain.

A Paperwhite 3 built-in front light LED is fixed but comes out more even and brighter with its natural white tone. You can, however, still spot some shadows which are expected from the LED lighting.

Storage Space – Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite

As far as memory space goes the Kindle Papewhite has 8 Gb of internal memory whereas the Kobo Aura has 4 Gbs. Both can expand up to 32 Gb of storage space.

Software – Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura

Both the Aura 2 and Paperwhite 3 have common software qualities in more ways than one. Both are customizable and intuitive with its features such as the search button, Wikipedia input, notes, among others.

The Kobo Aura 2 primarily uses its own Kobo store for loading books. In addition, its internal memory also allows more ebook formats, which include epub, mobi, and pdf from your PC hard drive. But it does not support ebooks sourced from other digital stores such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

The Kindle Paperwhite 3 has tricks up its own sleeve. You can have a landscape view of your ebook, builder for vocabulary Wordwise, scanning of pages, etc. You can also share your insights with other bookworms through a social book community called Goodreads. The scroll and zoom functions are much more responsive when compared to the Kobo.

Other features – Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura

Both devices are Wifi enabled, although Kindle has a bit of an edge with is 3G option. However, the Aura 2 has twice the internal storage capacity of 8GB. The water resistant quality is a lot better with the Kobo which enables it to be submerged in 6 feet of water for about 60 minutes.

Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite conclusion

So the Kobo Aura has a bigger screen, both have a similar storage space with an micro SD. Price-wise, the Kobo Aura 2 is way more costly than the Paperwhite.

Where to buy – Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite

See latest price for Kobo Aura Ereaderon Amazon.com See latest price for Kindle Paperwhite 4 2018on Amazon.com

Thanks for reading our Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura H2O comparison review.

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