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Kobo Mini

alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 reviews of Kobo Mini. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. People really like the size and price. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the durability and reliability. Comments are divided on the storage.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Mini is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Mini

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Kobo Mini from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the durability and price are overall positive. The performance and portability are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the screen.

usability, portability, performance, price, durability

78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Mini

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Kobo Mini from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the screen and size are generally positive. The portability and price also get good feedback. Reviews about the design and durability are different, while the reliability and performance get negative reviews.

usability, price, portability, size, screen

performance, reliability

70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo Mini E-ReaderKobo Mini E-Reader

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Anna Attkisson (laptopmag.com)

Kobo Mini Review

 

The Kobo Mini's 5-inch display gives e-reader fans a portable and affordable option, but the reading experience feels cramped compared with the competition.

Compact design; Large e-book selection; Unique Reading Life Stats

Tiny screen doesn't fit much text on the page; E-books more expensive than competition; Can't share book passages or lend books; Very small periodical selection

The Kobo Mini's 5-inch display gives e-reader fans a portable and affordable option, but the reading experience feels cramped compared with the competition.

May, 2013

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo Mini review: Small e-reader faces big competition

 

Those of you out there who are e-reader scholars may remember that a couple of years ago, Sony was offering a 5-inch e-reader with no Wi-Fi, the Pocket Edition PRS-350 . You can still find that model for sale for $99, but Sony has since moved on to its...

The Kobo Mini is a modestly priced, very compact Wi-Fi-enabled e-ink e-reader with a 5-inch touch screen. It supports EPUB files, it's compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format, and with Wi-Fi off it gets up to a month's worth of...

Ideally, the device would be even smaller and thinner. Also, 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 affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's too small for some and not quite small enough for others.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

Kobo Mini Review

 

The Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn't come off as cheap.

The $80 Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn’t come off as cheap. Yes, to get to that price point there are sacrifices in quality — you won’t get the crispest screen or the fastest performance. But this is not a crappy dollar store...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Kobo Mini

 

Sometimes smaller can be better—even when it comes to reading. The tiny Kobo Mini ($79 direct) is one of the smallest ebook readers we've tested. But the size is deceptive, as it still packs a 5-inch E Ink screen, which is just an inch less than you'll...

Inexpensive for a touch screen ebook reader. Small, cute form factor. Powerful ecosystem of books, mobile, and PC apps. Supports ePub format

Sluggish. Slightly stubborn touch screen. Display is noticeably smaller than that of a paperback book. No memory card slot

With its 5-inch touch screen, the Kobo Mini caters to an underserved market: Those who want a tiny, dedicated ebook reader. Unfortunately, it also underperforms.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Heater (engadget.com)

Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader?

 

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Inexpensive ; Notably small and lightweight ; Intuitive UI

Limited screen space ; No expandable storage ; Low-contrast display

The Kobo Mini is lightweight and temptingly priced, but that smaller form factor also comes with some trade-offs.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Julie Strietelmeier (the-gadgeteer.com)

Kobo Mini and Glo eReaders review

 

Are you interested in switching to an eReader device so that you can carry more books with you, but without all the bulk? For the past few years, choosing an eBook reading device aka eReader has been a choice between 2 main companies. Amazon with the...

Mini is very portable ; Glo has a very even front-light ; Great battery life

Books tend to be more expensive and not available as early as Kindle / Nook versions ; Mini version does not have a microSD card and requires a desktop app to copy books ; No 3G capability

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: cellphones.ca (cellphones.ca)

Kobo Mini

 

If a market for cheap, entry-level e-readers didn't exist, Kobo would have no trouble kickstarting one with its no-frills 5-inch Kobo Mini . It weighs in at just a little over 130 grams and measures 10mm thick, and features a touch-enabled 5-inch e-ink...

Jan, 2013

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

Expert Review

 

The Kobo Glo still isn't available in the United States yet, although it should start becoming available as soon as this week, but the Kobo Mini has been available from Best Buy for nearly a month now. I picked one up a few weeks ago and have been...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Carter (techradar.com)

Kobo Mini review

 

A small e-ink e-reader with Wi-Fi, customised type and EPUB side-loading

Portable ; EPUB compatibility ; Screen calibration options ; Kobo interface

No 3G ; Drab design ; Average processor ; Side-loading requires PC/Mac

If you'd rather not travel with a high-end tablet and think that even a Kindle is too big to carry on the daily commute, the touchscreen Kobo Mini could be the e-reader for you.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: David Ludlow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Kobo Mini review

 

It's great to see a small eReader and the price is great, but the quality of the touchscreen lets it down

It's always nice to see something different and the small size of the Mini certainly gives you another option if size is everything. It’s hard to knock the price, too, which is excellent, especially for a touchscreen device. It’s not all good news,...

Oct, 2012