Kobo’s new eReader a good buy.
But when it comes to the specs it is clear this eReader is no featherweight
6-inch Pearl e-ink screen (same screen as e-ink screens on Kindle and Nook)
Wi-Fi wireless connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
2GB of onboard storage
MicroSD card expansion slot (add up to 32GB card)
Battery charge lasts up to two weeks (more with wireless switched off)
Supports EPUB, PDF, Adobe DRM (e-book library lending)
Dimensions: 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 0.39 inch
Weight: 7.05 ounces (200g)
Available in black (with black back) and white (with lilac, blue, or white back)
Multiple languages available (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Dutch)
The Kobo Touch is easy to hold, is comfortable in the hand and it doesn’t feel like it might slip thanks to the quitled finish on the back. You couldn’t get a much simpler device a screen, a power switch, a home button..and a micro USB port for charging and syncing with your computer.
Out of the box setup of my eReader required me to download the Kobo application to my computer to set up my library..all the books I have read with annotations and bookmarks were synchronized to my new Kobo eReader. This is, for all intents and purposes the last time I will have to use the computer application..I can buy books from the Kobo store with the reader over WiFi and anything I do on the Kobo Touch eReader is reflected on my other Kobo apps..on my iPad 2 for example. I can..and do..switch back and forth between the Kobo Touch and my iPad 2 and it is great to know I won’t lose my place in the process.
The Ink display is the industry standard and it is easy to read. You can adjust the size of the font and how to display the type. As well, there are 7 easy to read font faces to choose from. Reading is natural..touch the right side of the page to advance, the left to go back and page changes are quick with no flash between pages.
The Home page provides buttons for setting, Help and refresh plus links to my Library, the Kobo Store and Kobo’s Reading Life program a kind of incentive program to keep track of your reading and share with friends..it’s an acquired taste. There is also a Beta web browser that is a bit slow but it does work for some basic web browsing..something handy to have. When the Kobo Touch is sleeping or off it displays the cover of the book you are currently reading which I thought a nice touch.
Now what does this little reader not do..well, there is no 3G..and no extra monthly bill..it won’t read your books to you and it won’t play MP3s. I don’t know about you but I never need those features..All I want is a light no-nonsense eReader that lets me read my favourite books anywhere. The Kobo Touch certainly does that and a bit more. I consider it a really good buy.
Plus! the Kobo touch has a direct link to the Kobo eBook store which I think is the finest eBook store on the Internet..more book titles than I could ever read..the latest best sellers at better than competitive prices. All the listed titles are available in Canada and there are loads of free books available. See my recent review
The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is available for $139 at Chapters, Indigo and Coles book stores as well as Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada. In the US it is $129.99 at Borders Book Stores and Best Buy. Oh yes, it is available in White, Black, Silver, Lilac, and Blue