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Kobo Touch

Tuesday 12 June 2012

G-Rating

Rating of 4

The basics

The Kobo Touch is an eReader, and the first to be available in multiple languages including French, German and Spanish. It uses a 6-inch “Pearl” screen to promise a good reading experience, even in bright light. It can hold up to 30,000 books, and more using an microSD memory card. The Kobo Touch comes in five colours: Lilac, Blue, Silver and black.

The good

If you’re going to carry an eReader on your person it should be built for doing so. Thankfully the Kobo Touch is. Weighing just 186 grams it’s incredibly lightweight, and very robust. You can bet the Kobo Touch will be able to take a knock or two. Plus, the Kobo Touch could easily fit into your pocket. It’s also very easy it is to use. It has a power button, and a Home button underneath the display. No needless twiddly buttons and confusing layout - just ease of use. And there are plenty of books on offer from Kobo eBooks. eBooks can be downloaded using Wi-Fi, or USB When you do read them, you’ll find that pages glide nicely with a swipe or tap. Should you wish to, you can easily change the text size and font, alter the line size, and change the margin size. And we do like the Kobo Reading Life feature that rewards users for reading, it’s a bit like Xbox Achievements for eReaders, aimed at kids to encourage reading.

The bad

The Kobo Touch is a terrific eReader, but in terms of features, we’re still talking the basics. In this respect, the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Kindle Touch are still the more desirable eReaders. Some eBooks are also more costly on Kobo eBooks than they are on Amazon. Purchasing on the Amazon website and have that book sent to your Kindle also feels much more intuitive. The Kobo isn’t as fast as the Kindle.

The bottom line

The Kobo Touch is a very good, and highly commended tablet with a great touchscreen, and is more than capable of acting as an alternative to the Amazon Kindle. That said , we’d still prefer an Amazon Kindle.
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