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KOBO E-Reader Touch

alaTest has collected and analyzed 629 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the screen and value for money. The performance and portability also get good views, but there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the KOBO E-Reader Touch is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Kobo's E-Reader Scores Bonus Points With Social Reading Game


The Kobo Touch is rough around the edges, but it has enough going for it to recommend it as an alternative to the Nook and Kindle.

10 less than comparable Kindle and Nook, making it the cheapest, smallest and lightest e-reading in the pack. Nicely motivates by projecting both the fun and sport of reading

Faux-quilted plastic back sacrifices ergonomics. Touch screen is sometimes slow. Main page is utilitarian, illustrating only the books you are currently reading offering boring links to your library, the store and “Reading Life.” Weak battery...

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Kobo eReader Touch Edition


Kobo steps up its game with a lightweight eReader that sports a touchscreen, but it's not as good as the latest Nook.

The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is a major step up from the company's last device. The hardware is much improved, and the $129 price is attractive. However, the new Nook from Barnes & Noble Nook costs just $10 more, and it offers a more responsive...

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Kobo eReader Touch Edition (black)


Editors' note (October 3, 2011): The review below makes comparisons to the 2010 Amazon Kindle and the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook Touch . Potential buyers should note that Amazon has since announced new Kindle models for 2011. We recommend checking out...

The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is a compact, lightweight, and affordable e-ink e-reader with touch-screen navigation, built-in Wi-Fi, an expansion slot for additional memory, and good battery life (over one month with wireless off). Also, the Kobo...

The Kobo's user interface isn't as slick as that of the Nook Touch, and its performance and overall smoothness could be improved. It lacks audio support (no MP3, no audiobooks) and the ability to lend out titles to friends. The magazine and newspaper...

Though the Kobo eReader Touch Edition doesn't quite measure up to the Nook Touch or the Kindle, it's a respectable and affordable touch-screen e-reader with a lot of pluses.


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Kobo e-reader review


When the Kobo e-reader first appeared, its very affordable price point of $149 made it an attractive proposition. It's been a few months, however, and the market is ever-more crowded, with both dedicated e-readers as well as multi-taskers (such as the...

Great price ; Long battery life ; Incredibly comfortable in the hand

Lacks internet connectivity ; Page refresh rate is slow ; Can be 'laggy' overall

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Kobo eReader Touch Edition


The e-reader market continues to get wilder and woolier. The Kobo eReader Touch Edition, a summer 2011 release, goes head-to-head with the latest class of touch-enabled e-readers—the Nook Simple Touch and Sony's touch-enabled models—as well as Amazon's...

Easy touch navigation on advanced E Ink display ; Light ; Advanced font, formatting controls ; MicroSD slot

Lacks secondary features available in similarly priced readers ; Battery life could be better

With excellent font and formatting controls and a trim body, Kobo remains a compelling e-reader choice, even facing an onslaught of new Amazon Kindles.

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Review: Kobo eReader Touch Edition


I love eBook readers. They are hands down one of my favourite summertime gadgets. The fact that I don't have to lug around paperbacks (or hardcover books) with me when I travel means that I don't have to pay fees for overweight luggage. I've tried the...

Light compact design ; Easy to read screen ; Budget friendly

Screen ghosting ; No physical page turn buttons

I’ve been lucky enough to use most if not all of the eReaders on the market and I have to say the Kobo eReader Touch Edition stands it’s ground. The small size, light weight and features such as bookmarks and dictionary are all great selling features...

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Kobo Touch Review


The Kobo Touch eReader is the latest addition to Kobo's line of ebook readers. It replaces the Kobo WiFi but maintains many of the same features while adding some software and hardware upgrades.

Later in the week I’ll post some comparison reviews and videos between the Kobo Touch and the new Nook and Kindle 3.

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Review: Kobo eReader Touch Edition


This slim, lightweight e-reader is eminently pocketable and has a responsive touchscreen, but it lacks the finesse of its competition.

It’s compact, too—the eReader Touch Edition is the same height as the Nook, but it measures a half-inch narrower, and a smidgen (0.07) of an inch less deep. Not bad places to shave off a bit of a bulk: I found that the slimmer profiles—and the...

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Kobo eReader Wireless


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Review: Kobo eReader


Kobo leads a push towards simple

Very good price ; Simple, comfortable interface ; Universal ePub support; some drag-and-drop ; E Ink battery and eye benefits ; Part of multi-device ecosystem ; SD card slot

Sometimes slow to load ; No file support beyond ePub and PDF ; No Internet; Bluetooth of limited help

Design and the e-paper displayWhat defines the eReader is precisely what isn't there. The front is devoid of controls except for a distinctive directional pad; al the secondary features are tucked away in buttons on the side. While the control