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Kobo eReader

alaTest has collected and analyzed 139 reviews of Kobo eReader. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Comments about the battery and screen are generally positive. The price and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability and performance.

usability, portability, price, screen, battery

performance, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo eReader is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo eReader

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Kobo eReader from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk. There are some less positive views about the performance and price.

usability, portability, price, performance

45% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: KOBO N647B-KBU-B Wi Fi eReader (Black)Kobo Wireless eReader - eBook reader - 6" monochrome E Ink - SD slot - Wi-Fi - onyx

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo eReader

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 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. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and performance also get good feedback, but there are some critical comments about the size and design.

usability, performance, price, portability, screen

reliability, design, size

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Kobo N647-KBU-B Wireless e-Book Reader

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

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.

Dec, 2010
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Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

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.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

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.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

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

Expert review by: EveryReview (everyreview.com)

Kobo Glo Review

 

If you are one for reading books at night or in the dark when a partner is asleep or you don't wish to disturb people the backlight of the Kobo Glo is a great feature that may sell this ebook reader to you.

Backlight, - Light weight

Kindle has better contrast, - Not 3G Option

May, 2012

Expert review by: The eBook Reader Blog (the-ebook-reader.com)

Expert Review

 

The Kobo Wireless eReader is the 2nd generation device from Kobo and has just started hitting shelves in the US and Canada in time for the holiday season, and is expected to make it to Australia by Christmas too.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Shane McGlaun (i4u.com)

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.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Jon Fingas (electronista.com)

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

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Jon Fingas (macnn.com)

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

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Lex Friedman (macworld.com)

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

Aug, 2010
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