• Kobo Glo
80
Based on 40 scores, 68 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    10
  • Good:
    20
  • Average:
    8
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Brighter and more even backlight than Kindle or Nook.
  • Large ebook selection.
  • Unique Reading Life Stats.

Cons:

  • Ebooks more expensive than competition.
  • Can't share book passages or lend books.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Know Your Mobile on 90

For a suggested retail price of £99.99 the Kobo Glo is twice as expensive as the Nook, but still £10 cheaper than the new Kindle Paperwhite. But the Glo more than makes up for its double price over the Nook in both form and function, and at £10 cheaper...

By GadgetSpeak on 68

With its stores within a store, Kobo is certainly making an impression within its designated field of eBook...

By micromart.co.uk on 70

At the opposite end of the spectrum to the Kobo Mini is the Kobo Glo. Where the Mini has been aimed at a market neglected by Amazon, the Kobo Glo is positioned as an obvious competitor to the Kindle Paperwhite. A foolhardy quest, perhaps, but one with...

By LaptopMag on 60

The Kobo Glo backlit E Ink e-reader attempts to rattle the cages of Amazon and Barnes & Noble with a brighter backlight and...

By uk.hardware.info on

There's probably only one other e-reader that's better than the Kobo Glo, and that's the recently announced Kobo Auro which features a 6.8-inch display with a resolution of 1440x1080 and a pixel density of 265 dpi. That's getting close to the print...

By Digital Trends on 70

At $130, the Kobo Glo costs $10 more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, $10 more than the Kindle Paperwhite with ads, and $10 less than the Paperwhite without ads. Its biggest win is that the Glo's light is evenly distributed across the screen,...

By techgeek.com.au on 70

Given both the Kobo Glo and the Kobo Mini are essentially the same thing, except for the obvious size difference – as you can see in the image above – we decided to combine them into one. Both are an attempt by Kobo to steal book lovers away from getting...

By Chip Chick on

In two areas the Kobo Glo clearly outdoes its competitors. Firstly, it offers better and more even lighting than both the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight, and the Paperwhite. It also offers a MicroSD card slot that the Kindle Paperwhite lacks. Does...

By Computeractive on

Kobo has been producing good ebook readers for some time, keeping pace with Amazon's Kindle and even beating the bookseller to the launch of a touchscreen reader. Now Kobo has launched an ereader with a backlight at the same time as Amazon's Kindle...

By Computer Shopper on 80

The Kobo Glo is smaller, lighter, and brighter than the Kindle Paperwhite and its competitors. It's a compelling e-reader for those seeking ePub support and an alternative to Amazon's walled garden of content....

By delimiter.com.au on

Both the Kobo Glo and the Kobo mini are very solid, capable eReaders which we recommend as strong rivals to Amazon's dominant Kindle models if you're looking for an alternative. However, we have to put a question market over the Mini's physical size —...

By DigitalVersus on 100

There are lots of reasons to get the Kobo Glo. It's intuitive, user-friendly and responsive. The backlighting is the perfect answer to all those who wish they could use their e-readers low lighting. And having access to the WH Smith e-book collection is...

By The Inquirer on 80

THE KOBO GLO is the firm's first ereader with a built-in light, and aims to go head to head with the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon and the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight from US bookseller Barnes & Noble. Design and build The Kobo Glo doesn't have a...

By V3.co.uk on 80

The Kobo Glo is a great e-reader, and the rather functional design is more than made up for by the device’s light, its ease of use and open approach to e-book...

By CNET Australia on 70

The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international...

By theregister.co.uk on 75

The Glo isn’t a bad e-reader, and Kobo has an impressively well-stocked e-book shop ready to fill it. Its UI is up to the job. But though e-readers are now as cheap as chips, they don’t have to feel like they cost almost nothing to make....

By CNET Australia on 70

On paper, the Kobo Glo looks fantastic. Once you actually have the unit in your hands, though, the user experience isn't quite up to...

By PC Advisor on 90

No eReader maker worth its salt can fail to have a device in its portfolio which lights up for night reading. We've already looked at the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight , and the Kindle Paperwhite and now we come to Kobo's simply named Glo. See eReader...

By PC Mag on 80

The Kobo Glo is an impressive ebook reader with solid edge-lighting and a surprisingly robust app...

By Trusted Reviews on 80

The next step in the evolution of the E-ink ereader is not, as some expected, colour screens but integrated lights. First on the scene was the wonderful Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, and now Kobo has responded with the Kobo Glo. It's £10 cheaper than the...