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Kobo Glo

Kobo Glo
alaScore 93

692 reviews

Jun, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 692 reviews of Kobo Glo. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and screen. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but comments are divided on the reliability.

performance, usability, portability, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Glo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Kobo Glo from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the reliability.

usability, portability, performance, size, design


82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo eReader Glo - eBook reader - 2 GB - 6" monochrome E Ink ( 1024 x 768 ) - touchscreen - microSD slot - Wi-Fi - black night(N613-KBO-B)KOBO N613-KBO-S eReader GLO Edition (Silver)Kobo eReader GLO Edition (Pink)

Jun, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Kobo Glo


alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Kobo Glo from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on Reviewers really like the price and screen. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive comments about the reliability.

performance, portability, usability, screen, price


57% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo Glo Ereader 6" E Ink XGA Pearl ScreenKobo Glo Digital Text ReaderKobo Glo Ereader 6" E Ink XGA Pearl Screen

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: (

Kobo Glo


The Kobo Glo backlit E Ink e-reader attempts to rattle the cages of Amazon and Barnes & Noble with a brighter backlight and gamification.

Brighter and more even backlight than Kindle or Nook; Large e-book selection; Unique Reading Life Stats

E-books more expensive than competition; Can't share book passages or lend books; Very small periodical selection

Click to EnlargeThe Kobo Glo offers a good reading experience with an extraordinarily bright backlight and a large selection of content. However, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers less expensive books, more social options and the ability to lend your...

May, 2013

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (

Kobo Glo Review


The Kobo Glo's lighted e-ink display is better quality than the Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook with GlowLight, but the e-reader's other attributes may not be enticing enough to lure e-book lovers away from the big boys.

At $130, the Kobo Glo costs $10 more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, $10 more than the Kindle Paperwhite with ads, and $10 less than the Paperwhite without ads. Its biggest win is that the Glo’s light is evenly distributed across the screen,...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Kobo Glo review: A worthy Kindle alternative


Barnes & Noble calls the integrated light in its Nook Simple Touch e-reader a GlowLight . Amazon dubbed its self-illuminated Kindle reader the Paperwhite because it aimed to approximate the look and feel of real paper. Now Kobo has introduced a new...

The Kobo Glo is a lightweight, Wi-Fi-enabled e-reader that has an impressive front-lit, high-res e-ink display with a touch-screen interface. It also features an expansion slot for additional memory, supports EPUB files, and is compatible with any...

Kobo's selection of e-books lags behind Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's. Loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC.

The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

Kobo Glo


Not to be left out of the edge-lit ebook reader party, Kobo brings us the Glo ($129.99 direct), a midrange reader with the chops to go up against the competition from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It offers a slightly smaller design and better lighting...

Lightweight. Sharp on-screen fonts. Bright edge lighting. Memory card slot. Well-stocked store is simple to navigate. Compatible with ePub format

Slightly stubborn touch screen. Pedestrian design. No headphone jack or audiobook support

The Kobo Glo is an impressive ebook reader with solid edge-lighting and a surprisingly robust app ecosystem.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Heater (

Kobo Glo review: another illuminated e-reader lights up the market


More InfoHands-on with Kobo's Glo and Mini e-readersNook Simple Touch with GlowLight reviewAmazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewThere's nothing

Excellent front-light display ; Expandable storage ; Lightweight

Uninspired design ; Slightly cheap feel ; Pricier than the competition

Kobo's got a solid e-reader on its hands, but the company may have already missed the boat.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Roberto Baldwin (

Review: Kobo Glo


If you've happened to venture into an independent bookstore in the past few years, you may have noticed an e-reader for sale that isn't produced...

Best-looking light-up screen. High-level font and page-refresh management. Physical light switch will have you all aglow. Support for ePub format. Kobo offers the Glo with four differently colored backs

Navigating the on-device bookstore is wonky. Kobo has most books you want, but not all of them — Amazon is still the ecosystem king. Light is too bright for really dark rooms

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Chip Chick (

Kobo Glo Review – The Best Front-light eReader Yet?


In two areas the Kobo Glo clearly outdoes its competitors. Firstly, it offers better and more even lighting than both the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight, and the Paperwhite. It also offers a MicroSD card slot that the Kindle Paperwhite lacks. Does...

Lighting is very bright and very evenly distributed, text is very sharp, ePub support, no ads, as lightweight as it gets for an eReader with a backlight, dedicated button for controlling the lighting system and battery is solid and on par with its...

No headphone jack, design isn’t very exciting, not the best build quality and not the most ergonomic to hold and does not beat the Kindle’s ebook pricing. No 3G option

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: (

Kobo Glo


The number of e-book readers with built-in backlighting used to be zero. No longer. There are now over half a dozen e-book readers with backlit screens, and one of them is the Kobo Glo . It comes with a rather sizable 6-inch e-ink Pearl touchscreen...

Feb, 2013

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Kobo Glo


You've heard of the Nook. You've definitely heard of the Kindle. But what's a Kobo?

Evenly lit screen ; Smaller, lighter than Amazon and B&N equivalents ; Sturdy and easy to hold ; Superb font controls ; Supports ePub ; Incorporates reading metrics and awards ; SD-card slot

No audio features ; Slightly higher price than competing models

The Kobo Glo is smaller, lighter, and brighter than the Kindle Paperwhite and its competitors. It's a compelling e-reader for those seeking ePub support and an alternative to Amazon's walled garden of content.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (

Kobo Glo Review


The Kobo Glo is among the first wave of ebook readers to incorporate a frontlight to achieve better radiability in low lighting conditions, especially at night. It is the first lighted ebook reader from Kobo, and is very much akin to Kobo's other two...

The frontlight ; Lots of customizable font settings ; It feels well-built and comfortable to hold ; MicroSD card slot ; Noticeable speed boost with the 1 GHz processor

Kobo's overall approach still isn't nearly as polished and streamlined as Amazon with the Kindle; Kobo isn't as easy to deal with and learn for newbies and non-techies ; Lots of wasted space when reading, needs option for fullscreen mode and removal of...

The Kobo Glo is the sleeper pick of the year. It doesn't have quite the ease of use as the Kindle Paperwhite, nor some of the advanced features, but it has a lot more font settings, a more uniform frontlight, no annoying advertisements, and it supports...

Dec, 2012

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Headphone Out: No