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Nook WiFi and Kobo eReader Touch Edition assault the Amazon Kindle fortress: a chart

Brian Heater
05.26.11
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The e-reader market just got a lot more crowded this week with the launch of the touch-enabled Nook and Kobo eReader Touch Edition. Will either device be able to take down the Amazon's industry defining Kindle? We've broken down the specs on the two new readers, the Kindle, and Sony's comparable Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-350SC) to find out which device will come out on top. There's a lot of overlap features between the different readers, like infrared touchscreens and Pearl E Ink displays. All of those important details and more in the chart after the break. Check it out, because you obviously like reading things.



Barnes & Noble Nook WiFi
Kobo eReader Touch Edition
Amazon Kindle (2010) Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-350SC)
Price $139 $129 $139/$189* $179
Release Date Pre-order now, ships June 10 Pre-order now, in-store early June August 2010 September 2010
Storage 2GB 2GB 4GB 2GB
Card Slot microSD microSD N/A N/A
Processor 800MHz TI
OMAP 3
800MHz Freescale i.MX508 532MHz Freescale i.MX353 Sony has not disclosed
Weight 7.48 oz 7.05 oz 8.5 oz / 8.7 oz 5.64 oz
Dimensions 6.5 x 5 x 0.47 inches 6.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches 7.5 x 4.8 x 0.3 inches 5.7 x 4.1 x 0.33 inches
Screen 6-inch Pearl E Ink with zForce infrared touch 6-inch Pearl E Ink with zForce infrared touch 6-inch Pearl E Ink 5-inch, Pearl E Ink, Neonode infrared technology
Advertised Battery Life Two months Up to one month Two months Two weeks
WiFi/3G WiFi WiFi WiFi/3G N/A
Keyboard On-screen On-screen Physical On-screen
Button(s)** 1 1 38 5
Formats EPUB, PDF EPUB, PDF AZW, AZW1, TXT, MOBI, PRC, AA, AAX, PDF EPUB, PDF, RTF, TXT, BBeB DRM
*Amazon recently announced a $164 ad-supported version, as well.
** Does not include dedicated page turn buttons.


Gallery: Touch Enabled Nook Hands-On | 13 Photos

Gallery: Kobo eReader Touch Edition Hands-on | 13 Photos

Gallery: Amazon Kindle review | 16 Photos

Gallery: Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-350SC) review | 38 Photos

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