Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite: Pros and Cons [2020]

Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite: Pros and Cons [2020]

Did you know that the race for the best ebook reader has just gotten more intense? Today we are going to review the Kobo Aura vs Kindle Paperwhite. Both of these ebook readers reflect the cutting edge of the current generation e-ink technology dedicated to e-readers.

Kindle Paperwhite vs Kobo Aura

Among waterproof e-readers, the Aura H2O Edition 2 is the newest device to rival the highly popular Paperwhite. 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 ebook readers. But, does it really cut the mustard?

What’s the main difference between these two?

Well, aside from the brands and the deep ecosystems we’re going to look at the hardware.

Let’s start with the comparison.

Kobo Aura
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Kobo Aura
  • Brand New in box. The product ships with all relevant accessories

Kindle Paperwhite
  • Now available in Black or Twilight Blue
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet-with a flush-front design and 300 ppi...
  • Now waterproof, so you're free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the...
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics,...

Kobo Aura vs Paperwhite: In-Depth review

The Paperwhite represents the Kindle brand just as good as the Oasis and the Voyage. After all, they use 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 ebook readers such as the Aura 2.

I will be presenting you with 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 at the Paperwhite and Aura H2O design these 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 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. Also, the back is very artistic also.

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Screen Resolution

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

While this screen size may be considered an obvious advantage for the Kobo ebook reader, 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 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 Paperwhite, 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.

Kobo device has a 6.8-inch screen so it’s significantly larger than the Paperwhite 6 inch screen. As for the resolution the Aura machine has a 1440 x 1080 (265 PPI) while the Paperwhite has a 1448 × 1072 (300 PPI). However, this resolution exists only on the newest Kindle 2018 and 2020 models.


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 Memory

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


Both devices 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 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 Paperwhite 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

Both devices are Wi-Fi enabled, although Kindle has a bit of an edge with its 3G option. However, Kobo 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.

Closing Line

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

Last update on 2021-01-20 / Affiliate links

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