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Kobo eReader

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and screen are on the whole positive. The value for money and portability are also appreciated, but many are negative about the performance.

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performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo eReader is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo eReader

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 8 user reviews of Kobo eReader from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.4/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk.

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performance

50% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Kobo Wireless eReader - eBook reader - 6" monochrome E Ink - SD slot - Wi-Fi - onyx

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Amazon.com review summary for Kobo eReader

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Kobo eReader from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com.

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66% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo N647-KBU-B Wireless e-Book ReaderBorders Kobo eReader Accessories Kit: Jet Black with Hot Pink Kobo eReader Carrying Sleeve With Extra Pocket + A Live*Laugh*Love Wrist Band!!!

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Kobo Wireless eReader: Improved, but Still Requires Patience to Use

 

The Kobo Wireless eReader aspires to compete with the big kids in the e-reader arena. This iteration represents a marked improvement over its predecessor, offering higher contrast, a sharper E Ink display, and better performance. Unfortunately, the...

Lightweight ; Easy to hold ; Improved display contrast and sharpness

Screen refresh still slow

The Kobo eReader's main appeal is to those who prefer ePub files; for now, this is the least expensive Wi-Fi-connected ePub-compatible model, and it handles the format well.

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Kobo eReader

 

Editor's note (January 24, 2011): This product is no longer available, but it has been replaced by a Wi-Fi version . The rating has been lowered due to changes in the competitive marketplace.

Relatively compact, lightweight, and affordable; integrates nicely with Borders e-book store; built-in Bluetooth; expansion slot for additional memory; $20 gift card bundled with unit; good battery life (up to two weeks).

No Wi-Fi or 3G wireless; somewhat generic feel to the whole device; no competitive advantage over similarly priced Barnes & Noble Nook; screen contrast could be better.

The Kobo eReader isn't a bad little basic e-book reader, but it's just not a compelling deal now that the more full-featured Barnes & Noble Nook has matched its low price.

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Kobo eReader E-Reader Review - PCWorld

 

Sony's first wireless e-book reader, though pricey, offers first-rate newspaper support--but only if AT&T's service cooperates.

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Kobo eReader

 

The e-book reader market just keeps growing, with all sorts of products—some of which are too expensive for mainstream buyers. The Borders-backed Kobo eReader is different. It rings in at a reasonable $149.99 (direct), which puts it $110 below the...

Low price. Offers a comfortable reading experience. Sensible control layout. 100 preloaded classic books

Book downloads require a PC or Mac. No AC adapter in the box

If you don't need wireless book downloads, the Kobo eReader makes a fine digital reading companion—and it comes at a compelling price point.

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Kobo Wireless eReader

 

Attractive design. Very lightweight. ePub file support. Simple to operate. Integrated Wi-Fi

Shorter battery life than some competitors. No AC adapter in box. D-pad isn't always the easiest way to navigate

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Kobo Wireless eReader Review

 

Today I am going to check out the Kobo Wireless eReader. This eReader is very similar to some of the other devices on the market today from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The little reader is compact and easy to use. If you are looking for an eReader on a...

Easy to use ; Nice screen ; Good battery life

Slow page turns ; Little text on a single page

The Kobo Wireless eReader is a nice eReader with a good price that most people will enjoy using. The only downsides are the slow page turns and the small amount of text on screen at one time.

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Review: Kobo Wireless eReader

 

Kobo goes wireless in a hotly contested market.

Competitve price ; Simple, comfortable interface ; Light, very comfortable design ; Universal ePub support; some drag-and-drop ; E Ink battery and eye benefits ; Part of a multi-device ecosystem ; SD card slot ; Two-week battery offline

Kindle and Nook do more with Wi-Fi ; Wireless drains battery quickly ; On-screen keyboard slow to use ; Usual e-paper slowness ; No file support beyond ePub and PDF ; Bluetooth of limited help

Note: since the Wireless eReader is similar to the original version, some of the review will be familiar. The new review reflects the Internet focus, and all photos are of the new model.Design and the e-paper displayOther than the options of

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Review: Kobo Wireless eReader

 

Kobo goes wireless in a hotly contested market.

Competitve price ; Simple, comfortable interface ; Light, very comfortable design ; Universal ePub support; some drag-and-drop ; E Ink battery and eye benefits ; Part of a multi-device ecosystem ; SD card slot ; Two-week battery offline

Kindle and Nook do more with Wi-Fi ; Wireless drains battery quickly ; On-screen keyboard slow to use ; Usual e-paper slowness ; No file support beyond ePub and PDF ; Bluetooth of limited help

Note: since the Wireless eReader is similar to the original version, some of the review will be familiar. The new review reflects the Internet focus, and all photos are of the new model.Design and the e-paper displayOther than the options of

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Review: eBooks by Kobo for iPhone and iPad

 

This hybrid iPad-iPhone offering adds to the number of e-book readers in the App Store. It's a little slow at turning pages and doesn't do much to distinguish itself from the other offerings out there, but if you're dissatisfied with other e-book...

As I’ve written here before, the single most important element of any e-book reader is its ability to fade away, providing no distraction and staying out of the reader's way. Kobo passes this test, but it just squeaks by

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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

E-readers lately have been engaged in a feature war. 3G, touchscreens and Wi-Fi have become so commonplace that it's actually a surprise when they don't. Kobo's eReader seems to revel in just the opposite: it thrives on a very simple design and makes...

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