Kobo eReader

  • Kobo eReader
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Based on 9 scores, 16 reviews available
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    1
  • Good:
    4
  • Average:
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  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Lightweight, comfortable design, Intuitive interface, Bluetooth connectivity for BlackBerry phones.
  • Slim, light; simple to use; has an SD-card slot; works with Bordersí e-book store and phone apps.
  • Low price, Offers a comfortable reading experience, Sensible control layout, 100 preloaded classic books.

Cons:

  • Sluggish performance, No Wi-Fi, Text doesn't have enough contrast
  • Plastic buttons feel a bit cheap; Bluetooth sync function currently works only with BlackBerry phones.

Expert reviews and ratings

By T3 Magazine on 40

The Kobo Vox takes things a step further than its sibling, the Kobo Touch, throwing a colour screen into the mix. With more in common with the Amazon Kindle Fire than the Amazon Kindle 4 ereader, it shuns e-ink and adds more tablet-like features. Kobo...

By Engadget on -

When the Kobo e-reader first appeared, its very affordable price point of $149 made it an attractive proposition. It's been a few months, however, and the market is ever-more crowded, with both dedicated e-readers as well as multi-taskers (such as...

By LaptopMag on 60

This budget eReader is easy to use, but its features don't match the...

By PCWorld New Zealand on 75

In late May, Whitcoulls bookstores released the Kobo, the first eReader device to officially make it to our shores. Amazon’s Kindle has been earning headlines around the world for a couple of years now, and Sony has had products in the market for...

By Computer Shopper on 74

Those looking for a simple e-book reader will find a lot to like about the Kobo, but with the competition’s recent price drops, $149 is a bit high for such an austere device....

By CNET Australia on 90

It may not get up to all the fancy-schmancy shenanigans that more expensive e-readers do, but it does what it does very well indeed. The Kobo eReader is a sleek and simple device that performs excellently with a minimum of...

By PC Mag on 70

If you don't need wireless book downloads, the Kobo eReader makes a fine digital reading companion—and it comes at a compelling price point....

By techcrunch.com on -

Although the market is rapidly advancing, the Kobo is a perfectly good little device right now if you know what you’re getting into. One commenter compared it to a Flip for e-books, which is a remarkably apt comparison. $150 is a reasonable price...

By APC Magazine on -

Please install the flash playerShortly after you start reading a book on the Kobo, you’ll get lost in the story and will forget it’s an eBook reader - which is, after all, the ultmate test of these devices versus paper books.However,...

By Gear Diary on -

Review: Kobo Reader Posted on 07 October 2010 by Carly Z In the ebook world, the Kindle and nook are the 100 lbs. gorillas. Everyone uses them as the yardstick; does an ereader offer the same features, does it have a store affiliation, is the screen...

By TopTenREVIEWS on 75

The Kobo is a good choice for an eReader if you want the basics and not the bells and whistles found in most...

By Stuff NZ on 80

New Zealand's first official e-reader does a great job with books. Just don't expect it to do anything else. E-readers like the kobo aren't a replacement for a tablet PC like an iPad. The kobo won't let you answer emails, surf the web,...

By Sydney Morning Herald on -

Border's Kobo e-book reader The point is that the gadget-mad might be left feeling somewhat like an alcoholic at a tea party, but those wanting a foothold in the e-reader market at the agreeable price of $199 shouldn't care that it's low on...

By Electronista on 80

The best approach to a product is often to focus on doing just a few things very well rather than as many things as you can. As might be obvious by now, Kobo's inaugural eReader follows that former approach. Misgivings about speed aside, the...

By Here's How on -

Compared to the competition, the Kobo eReader has few bells and no whistles. But it addresses the issue of consumers spending hundreds of dollars on books in a year. Why should I have to spend the equivalent on a device to read them? This will be the...

By Macworld on -

Somewhere between the premium e-readers and the bare-bones, low-cost models lies the Kobo eReader. Kobo has its sights set on delivering a satisfying e-reading experience, without the cost premium of blue-chip competitors like Amazon and Sony. In this...