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Kobo Glo

Kobo Glo
alaScore 98

390 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 390 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

portability, usability, screen, performance, design

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 390 reviews)

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Consumer review by: review summary for Kobo Glo


alaTest has collected and analysed 26 user reviews of Kobo Glo from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other eReaders on

usability, portability, size, performance, screen

85% 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-1RD Neoprene Case for Touch GLO eReaders (Red)KOBO N613-KBO-U eReader GLO Edition (Blue)

Consumer review by: review summary for Kobo Glo


alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Kobo Glo from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other eReaders on

portability, usability, screen, performance, value for money


69% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Kobo Glo Ereader 6" E Ink XGA Pearl Screen

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...


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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


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.

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Independently Bright


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...

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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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Kobo Glo review


Wi-Fi, an e-ink screen and EPUB compatibility on Kobo's Kindle Paperwhite rival

ComfortLight ; Sensitive touchscreen ; Customisable fonts ; EPUB compatibility

No emailing of ebooks ; No 3G option ; Tiny light switch ; Slow online store

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Kobo Glo review


When we first saw a prototype of the 6-inch, touch-screen Kobo Glo and its built-in ComfortLight a few months back, we asked a simple question to its makers: why didn't anyone think of this idea before? As it turns out, they did – you only have to...

Smooth and streak-free lighting, general reading experience, file format freedom

Syncing files too manual, online shop can be slow

An excellent lamp and build coupled with a highly customisable reading experience make for a great product, though it does need manual syncing with a computer