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Kobo Aura HD vs. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: A Comparison

Amazon’s Kindle line-up of eBook readers has dominated the market for a long time. For quite a while there, no one was brave enough to challenge these devices. Now, though, there’s something new in the eReader market, a device that’s trying to take the throne from the Kindle – the Kobo Aura HD. Packed with improved technology and with the promise of a better reading experience, let’s see whether the Aura can compete with one of the prominent eBook readers from the Kindle line-up: the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.

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Technology and Power

In terms of reading, the Aura HD promises faster response and page turns, as well as generally improved user experience with its faster processor and bigger RAM. Meanwhile, when it comes to downloading eBooks, each eReader has certain advantages over the other. The Kobo Aura HD has an open platform, which makes downloads easy as it’s possible to download eBooks from any source as long as the devices are compatible. However, downloading eBooks can be done only through Wi-Fi, whereas the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has cellular connectivity, which makes downloading possible as long as there’s 3G connection.

In terms of storage, the Aura HD is the clear winner because of two things. One, it has bigger storage capacity – 4GB compared to the Paperwhite’s 2GB capacity. Two, it comes with a Micro SD slot, which allows for memory expansion to up to an additional 32GB. This allows for the storage of a WHOLE LOT of eBooks.

If you want some audio experience from your eBook reader, however, Kindle Paperwhite is your only choice since the Aura HD doesn’t have this feature.

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Overall Reading Experience

To gauge user experience, it will be noteworthy to take screen resolution, product design, content, and other features into account.

Screen resolution is one aspect in which the Aura HD excels. It has a higher resolution, about 20% sharper, compared to the Kindle Paperwhite. Both devices have built-in lights that make reading in the dark easy and convenient.

When it comes to design, the Kindle Paperwhite is thinner and lighter, which you may prefer if you don’t want carrying much weight while traveling with your device. If, however, you’re after a bigger screen for reading, you may want to choose the Aura HD. This is also more comfortable to hold even just with one hand because it has two ridges that prevent slipping.

Content-wise, the Kindle is a great choice because it has already a big ecosystem supporting it. There is a wider range of eBooks available for the Kindle, both free and paid. It also allows reader-to-reader lending, offering a more pleasant reader experience.

Here’s What We Have to Say

Both the Kobo Aura HD and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite have features that make them great eReader choices. The main differences between the two are in their technology and the content that they offer. If you want a more advanced technology, try the Kobo Aura HD. But, if you want a bigger reading selection, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the better pick. Once you’ve decided which of the two you’ll get, you can check out Geekie Store to make your purchase.

Kindle Now Comes in Full Touchscreen with Kindle Touch

Amazon Kindle is again all set to stimulate your reading experience with their introduction of the new Kindle Touch. This latest version is jam-packed with improved features that can be navigated using its simple to use touchscreen. Turning pages, searching, shopping digital books, and taking notes are now made easier and faster – all with just the simple touch of your finger. Additionally, the Kindle Touch incorporates the latest EasyReach feature that lets you turn pages by tapping so there’s no need to swipe the screen thus allowing you to hold the device with one hand. Turning pages is even made faster through its powerful processor. The Kindle Touch comes in an all-new compact sleek design with 11 percent smaller body and 8 percent lighter (7.5 ounces) weight. It inherits the 6-inch diagonal screen size but with the most advanced E- Ink multi-touch display and 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level grayscale. The E-Ink touchscreen reads like real paper so you can read even under bright sunlight. The Kindle Touch has adjustable text size function to let you read comfortably with eight different sizes and three font styles.
More interesting highlights of the Kindle Touch are X-Ray feature that lets you view the passages across a book that cites ideas, historical figures, places, fictional characters, topics of interest, along with more comprehensive descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Read-to-Me function that makes Kindle read English-contents out loud to you, Free Cloud Backup that backs up your books in the cloud, and Whispersync technology that synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks and annotations on your devices to easily see and select where you left off. No need to worry when using the Kindle Touch for the first time since it does not require any setup, software installation, and PC connection in order to download content. Simply connect to any Wi-Fi hotspots and choose from a massive collection of books. There are a lot of free and also low priced books available as well as free book samples that let you read first chapters before you decide to purchase.

Charging the Kindle Touch takes about 4 hours using the included USB cable connected to a PC or using separately sold power adapter. With just a single charge, the e-reader can last up to 2 months with Wi-Fi turned off and with half-hour of daily reading time. Supported content formats include Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP through conversion.

Amazon Kindle Touch will be released by November so if you want to make reservation, pre-order here now!

New Generation Kindle – Hotter than Ever

What’s better than getting your hands on a first hardcover print of a potential best seller novel? It’s getting your hands on the latest and fastest selling e-book reader from Amazon to read all those best seller novel from. Amazon Kindle e-reader has been around for a while now and has quite gained a reputation for being one of the best electronic readers; it even made a cameo appearance at Steve Carrels’ latest movie – Date Night. The best part about Kindle is that it keeps getting better and better, their latest release, the Kindle 3 offers better contrast, quicker page turns, lighter weight and up to one month of battery life – all in a new affordable price of only $139.

The new generation Kindle features a glare-free electronic-ink screen with 50 percent better contrast which is far superior than any other e-reader, a new sleek design with a 21 percent slimmer body while still keeping the same 6-inch-size reading area Kindle fans are familiar with, a much reduced and lighter weight of just 8.5 ounces, and 20 percent faster page turn. Also, the new Kindle has double the storage to accommodate up to 3,500 ebooks. The battery efficiency was also improved; it can now operate up to one month on a single battery charge in offline mode.

The built-in Wi-Fi and optional 3G connectivity lets Kindle users enjoy access to more than 670,000 books from U.S. Kindle stores, 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books including Amazon’s Whispersync technology and “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” feature.

You can purchase one here.

E Ink Pearl in the New Updated Kindle DX: Enhanced Reading, Low Power Consumption

The new eReader from Amazon offers a more enjoyable and hassle-free reading experience, major thanks to the new display technology incorporated on the said innovation: the E Ink Pearl. The Pearl will allow readers to enjoy both printed paper reading quality and portability. It’s a notch higher than existing technologies today.

For one, it offers a more enhanced reading experience because of an improved contrast between the background and the texts or images—up to 50% improvement. It features 16 gray level depths that enable the display of rich details. One can choose the contrast he wants for a better reading. And, even if you’re outdoors, the Pearl guarantees to maintain a great reading quality with no glare. This great quality is paired off with a low power consumption, so nothing can be more appealing. This technology requires the lowest power compared to others. For instance, you can hold or bookmark a particular image or text without additional power consumption. So when you decide to continue reading, you can readily proceed from where you left off—with no additional requirement from the device! If all these are not enough, then you’d love to know that the technology is supported by various companies. These companies are providing products that support the platform, so you know there are entities you can turn to when you encounter problems.

The Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7 inches screen is priced at $379, lower than its first tag. It boasts of a wide array of features that bookworms (or “eBookworms”, if there is such a word) would surely love.

Protection and Style with the Guardian Kindle Case

Can’t leave home without your gadgets? That’s okay, except when you’re going to the beach. Your modern gadgets, being electronic components, are easily damaged by water. So, you might need to choose between your electronic stuff and the water when you’re going swimming. Wouldn’t you love to bring your gadgets with you when swimming without worry about them getting damaged? If you have an Amazon Kindle e-book reader, you’ll be happy to know about the new Guardian case.

As its name implies, the Guardian case will guard your Kindle and protect it against water-caused damage. The case is made from waterproof polycarbonate material that can seal your Kindle such that you can submerge it to up to 1 meter depth of water without the reader getting damaged. The case also floats on water, so you can do hands-free reading while you’re on the pool. The complete seal that it provides is due primarily to its dual hinges, o-rings, and four closure latches. The case also features sealed cutouts that make access to the reader’s navigational controls easy. Its interior is equipped with mounting pads that cushion the reader for extra protection. Plus, the case screen itself is also protected by an anti-reflective film that also reduces glare when you’re reading. Lastly, the case comes with a lanyard that you connect at its bottom area for added security.

The Guardian Kindle case comes in three colors: black, red, and blue. It weighs 17.1 oz and measures 6.5in x 9in x 1in. It’s the ideal case for your Amazon Kindle. If you want to see similar products, you can check out a waterproof case for Kindle at Amazon.