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Kobo Glo

Kobo Glo
alaScore 98

333 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 333 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The screen and usability also get good reviews, but there are some less positive comments about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Glo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 333 reviews)

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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...

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Kobo Glo Review


Like David Hasselhoff, Kobo e-readers are “popular in Europe” though not always considered real contenders in the United States. That's usually because the company's e-readers are often almost great, but not quite, and are a bit more expensive. For...

Light is evenly distributed on the screen ; High quality E Ink display ; Light and slim design ; Plenty of font, size, and page design options

Text washes out when light is at full brightness ; Light is somewhat harsh ; On-device bookstore tough to navigate

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.

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Kobo Glo


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.


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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.

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


Hands-on with Kobo's Glo and Mini e-readers Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight review Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review There's nothing like a good underdog story. Aside from last year's failed Vox tablet, Kobo has made some quality devices, but has still...

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.

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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 by an online retailer or a giant bookstore chain. Those e-readers are made by Kobo, a Canadian company that...

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

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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.

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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...

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"Great if it works, but doesn't for a lot of people"


I as well had the same problem. Kobo Glo only used a few times, kept in a protective case, never dropped or had anything bump up against it or on it and opened it up one day to have it not turn on. Tried all the reset pins, power/light resets and...

Clean lines, easy to read, sleak.

Faulty product, horrible customer service. Hundreds of people online claiming the exact same issue and Kobo not honouring warranty claiming physical damage for everyone even though kept in pristine condition. So frustrating.

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"Evenly-lit, responsive, and easy-to-navigate device"


Overall a great device. Perfect size, the weight nice and light, perfect for reading in bed. I'm able to turn the light off and on at my leisure, and I'm able to use it at a very low setting in a completely dark room (so when I want to use it in an...

1) The built in light is the best part. It is very even with no visible imperfections, and the color is just right.

The material on the sides and back seems to show fingerprints very easily and they don't rub off easily. More of an aesthetic annoyance than anything.