The iPad craze didn’t truly succeed in crushing Kindle’s lead in the eBook reader market. Of course it goes to say that we are talking about Kindle II and not the ridiculously ambitious Kindle DX (priced at $500). Foran avid eBook reader, the most important thing to factor in is the screen’s versatility in different lighting settings and the battery’s longevity. But probably what becomes the deciding factor is the price tag that comes with a feature-packed eBook reader. With no pretensions, Kobo eBook reader joins in the price war and just might have aced it.
- Size:- 120mm x 184mm x 10mm thick.
- Weight: -221 grams
- Memory capacity:- 1 GB of internal memory, expandable with the built-in SD card slot
- Connectivity:- Bluetooth
- Sync: – Comes with a USB for syncing
Kobo’s very basic design almost is a statement in itself. The front plate is made if white plastic with a matte finish. Surprisingly the back cover offers more personality and texture with its canvas-like rubbery finish, offering a tighter grip and a more comfortable feel to the Kobo.
The front has a 6 inch LCD screen utilizing E-ink technology which can display up to 8 grey colors. E-ink technology offers a highly adaptable display of fonts that is friendly to the eyes. It also makes it possible to save as much as battery power—making it possible for eBook readers to last up to weeks between charges.
The highly intuitive five-way D-pad controls sit at the bottom left. At the left side of the screen, four buttons are aligned on top of each other: Home, Menu, Display and Back.
Kobo reader offers Bluetooth compatibility for syncing with other Bluetooth devices. It doesn’t offer Wi-Fi connectivity though. Uploading books to the eBook reader would have to be through a PC sync. The system can search for new books if an SD card is inserted in its slot.
Out of the box Kobo eBook reader comes with free 100 eBooks preloaded. Surely a great deal for those who haven’t heard of Project Guttenberg. Although a few new titles thrown-in might get a few smiles.
The Kobo reader has been very upfront with the simplicity it offers. From the get go, Kobo reader left no surprises or mysteries that may whet a users appetite. Simply put, its features only deal with the rigors of reading an eBook, syncing with the laptop or other Bluetooth devices and the killer battery life (which allegedly can last up to two weeks). Even the package shows Kobo’s confidence of its battery life. The Kobo eBook reader does not ship with a wall charger, just the average USB data cable. This probably would surely irk some in the future for sure.
But what makes it blip in the eBook reader radar is its reasonable price. Selling for not more than $150, the Kobo is every gadget fellow’s practical solution while he’s waiting for the good stuff to make its way in its market. Every six months brilliant minds and designers churn out at least one innovative product that puts it predecessors to the valley of death. While others may opt to grab at the chance to upgrade, others would choose wait a few months until the device becomes stable.
With no Wi-Fi and no other features to awe users, the Kobo reader might very well be buried into obscurity. That is, if the price is not included in the equation. The Kobo ebook reader is cheap and yet effective enough for its promised eBook reading experience. Most serious eBook readers, especially those who know where to get their free ebooks fromwill not miss the WiFi absence. It all depends to one’s creativity to maximize the already reasonable deal that the Kobo eBook reader offers.