Kobo Touch Edition
The Kobo Touch Edition isn’t as popular or known as well as other eReaders like the Nook Touch or Kindle, but it is an effective option in the world of budget eBook readers. Keep reading this Kobo Touch Edition Review to find out what the good and bad points are if choosing this specific device.
Kobo Touch Edition Key Specs
Average Price: $129
Release Year: 2011
Battery Life: One Months (Wi-Fi off)
Screen Size: 6 inch
Screen Type: e-Ink touchscreen
Weight: 7.05 oz
Storage Size: 2GB (expandable by 32GB)
Main eBook Format: ePub
Kobo Touch Review – Kobo eReader Touch Edition Video
This video review shows the new Kobo Touch in action, with demos of ebooks, the built-in Kobo ebook store, PDF files, comics, web browser, Sudoku, and more.
Pros Of Kobo Touch Edition
Price: There are two major rivals to your Kobo Touch Edition: The Nook Touch and Kindle Touch. Each are available in at $139 (while the Kindle is cheaper if you pick the ad-supported version). The Kobo Touch is a bit cheaper, at $129, yet still has a sleek touchscreen with a number of eReader functions.
Touchscreen: Touchscreen eBook readers are presently becoming the norm and getting a touchscreen on your Kobo Reader means it is faster to look up words in the dictionary (simply click around the word as an alternative to scrolling throughout the page with the directional pad) and also to access the menu items you would like to use.
Memory Expansion: 2GB of internal memory is lower than the Amazon Kindle Touch, but can still store around 1,000 books which is good enough for the majority of users! Reassuring that, unlike the Kindle, the Kobo Touch Edition does come with an SD memory slot to expand your memory to 32GB (for 30,000 eBooks). It’s unlikely you will have enough eBooks to fill the expanded memory, but it’s always better to have the expansion option available if ever need it.
Web Access And Browser: The Kobo Touch Edition is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity provided, as you’d expect when its main rivals are the Kindle and Nook. You can simply use this to purchase new books from the device. You even can take advantage of the included browser like most e-Ink reader web browsers, it’s not perfect but it’s a great element to have available.
Design: Like all good eReaders, the Kobo Touch Edition is created to be compact and portable. It is lightweight, so it is comfortable to hold as you read. The thing that sets the Kobo apart from other eReaders, would be the quilted back design. It comes in a number of assorted colors to fit your personality, and is stylish and fun. The design also means that you will have an excellent grip on your device.
Battery: With all the Wi-Fi switched off, a battery on the Kobo Touch Edition will last around one month, and that is more than enough go for high percentage of consumers not to worry about charging repeatedly. Note that this is under the two months boasted by the Kindle Touch/ Keyboard as well as the Nook Touch, but this is considered an excellent battery life.
Some Unique Features: Just like the Kindle Touch and Nook Touch, the Kobo Touch Edition comes with some of its own unique features. For example, the Reading Life function allows you to keep track of everything you’ve read, providing you with detailed stats and rewards when you meet certain requirements. As with the Kindle and Nook, you can also share what you’re reading with Facebook and Twitter.
Apps For Other Devices: Like the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, the Kobo has a variety of apps available to download for Android, iPhone/ iPad and your computer. This means that you’ll have your books available for you no matter which one of those devices you may be using.
Page Turns: Like the latest generations of Nook and Kindle, the manufacturers of the Kobo reader have gone to some effort to reduce the black screen flash that occurs when you turn the page on an e-Ink screen. This means that you won’t notice the screen going black every single page turn, which is nice (though most users don’t usually notice the page turns once they get used to using their eReader). Note that you can either swipe or tap the screen to turn the page, which is very intuitive and easy to do.
Cons Of The Kobo Touch Edition
Less Intuitive: When you compare the Kobo Touch Edition to its main Kindle and Nook rivals, you’ll find that the touch functions are less intuitive than the competition. The user interface isn’t quite as well designed and laid out, though you can still find your way around pretty easily.
Fewer Features: The Kobo Touch Edition has fewer features than the Kindle equivalent. Like the Nook, it doesn’t come with the ability to play MP3 files, nor does it have a text-to-speech function. That said, you can read PDF files and the device does support library lending formats.
Newspapers and Magazines: The Nook is famous for the way it can display magazines, and the Kindle also has an excellent selection of titles available in its store. The Kobo, on the other hand, has far fewer titles to choose from.
Will the Kobo Touch Edition Be Worth Buying?
In short, the Kobo Touch Edition is a wonderful upgrade to its line of eReaders. There are a selection of features that help it compete against rivals such as the Kindle Touch and Nook Touch, along with the design it certainly it stands out. Although Kobo don’t offer as many books as in their own store, the eReader is open enough that you can be happy to read content from other sources as well. In all respects, the Kobo Touch Edition comes with a good price and is a solid eReader.
Kobo eReader Touch Edition (Silver)
sales rank: 50768
price: $149.95 (new), $170.00 (used)
Read your favorite books while you’re on the go with this digital reader that features 2 GB built-in storage for holding more than 1,000 eBooks. Built-in wireless networking allows connection to the Internet without wires.