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Kobo Aura One (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 177 reviews of Kobo Aura One (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The usability and portability also get good feedback. The performance and price get negative opinions, and there are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

screen, portability, usability, size, design

price, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Aura One (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Malarie Gokey (

Kobo Aura One review


Kobo's Aura One is the best ebook reader you can buy. It's waterproof and boasts a brand-new big screen.

Big screen is sharp and crisp ; Supports any ebook format ; Long battery life ; Night mode eliminates blue light ; Waterproof

No page turning buttons ; Pricey

I thought ebook readers couldn’t get any better than Amazon’s Kindle Oasis, but Kobo’s Aura One has beaten the former best. You’ll still prefer the Oasis if you’re deeply embedded in Amazon’s Kindle ebook system, but if you don’t, the Aura One is...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Séamus Bellamy (

Rakuten Kobo Aura One Limited Edition Review: Keeping up with the Kindles isn't easy


Rakuten Kobo's Aura One Limited Edition e-reader wants to compete with the Kindle Oasis, with 32GB of storage and a few new software tricks up its sleeve. While it isn't quite up to the task, it still has a lot to offer certain readers.

Large, bright screen is perfect for reading graphic content ; 32GB of storage makes uploading large files to the device feel less cramped ; Access to OverDrive library service ; Excellent Pocket integration

Expensive for a device that brings little new to the table ; Screen lighting blurs text at higher illumination levels ; Build quality unimpressive compared to that of similarly priced Amazon hardware

When the Kobo Aura One was released in 2016, with its large, bright display and exclusives like Pocket and OverDrive integration, it had the potential to be a Kindle-killer. It was a flagship device that cost less and arguably did more than Amazon’s...

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Timothy Torres (

Kobo Aura One


The Kobo Aura One is a solid waterproof ebook reader with an extra large display.

Big, bright screen. Adaptive backlight. Waterproof. Supports EPUB files. 8GB of internal storage.

Pricey. Screen has slightly shadowy edges. Lacks memory card slot.

Kobo Store and Conclusions The Kobo store is home to more than four million titles, including magazines and newspapers. In a random comparison, every major title I searched for was available from both Amazon and Kobo. Books are generally cheaper...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Séamus Bellamy (

Kobo Aura One Review: A big e-reader full of big ideas


The latest Kobo is a waterproof, feature-packed monster.

Highly water resistant (rated IPX8) ; Large display and editable typefaces make for enjoyable reading ; 8GB of onboard storage ; Lightweight for its size

Uneven, hazy backlighting ; No microSD card slot ; Some users will find it to be too large

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (

Kobo Aura ONE review: A large waterproof eReader with OverDrive support


Our Kobo Aura ONE review takes a look at the newest eReader from Kobo, one that was developed using extensive feedback from their "most passionate customers."

Light, easy to hold and navigate. OverDrive support. Auto Brightness and Natural Light make reading easier on the eyes. Decent battery life.

Some PDFs are a bit sluggish. Updated while in the middle of reading. Currently sold out.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Henry T. Casey (

Kobo Aura One E-Reader Review


The Kobo Aura One isn't just a Kindle alternative for those who are looking for larger screens. From its excellent ambient-light adjustment to its beach-ready, waterproof design, this 7-inch e-reader is a stud. Sure, we'd like the Aura One more if its...

Excellent ambient-light sensors ; Waterproof design ; Larger display than Kindles ; Grippy back

Not the best book selection ; Laggy keyboard

The Kobo Aura One is a waterproof, 7.8-inch e-reader that offers excellent ambient lighting, but could be faster.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Brian Heater (

Kobo goes big with its 7.8-inch Aura One e-reader


The Canadian company has never been afraid to take risks with the often-boring world of e-readers, and for that reason alone it is a welcoming presence. Without Kobo pushing the boundaries of screen size, build quality and features like waterproofing,...

Big screen ; Blue-light night reading adjustments ; Waterproof

Expensive ; Diminished Battery

No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot for a devoted e-reader, and Kobo doesn’t have the same benefits as Amazon’s aggressive hardware subsidizing (though the fact that it’s now owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten undoubtedly helps) or a...

Aug, 2016

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Kobo Aura One review


The best replacement yet for your tired old paperbacks

A screen as big as a paperback book ; Clever lighting, which won't keep you up at night ; Your new waterproof bathtime companion

You can't buy your books from Amazon ; That bigger screen means more to lug around

The best ereader yet and it's not a Kindle, which is arguably its only downside

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : James Peckham (

Kobo Aura One review


Bigger doesn't always mean better

Larger, beautiful screen ; Interesting night time reading idea ; Waterproof design

Hard to hold ; Expensive for some ; Lacking Amazon's store

The Aura One is one of the best premium ereader devices, but a larger screen on a Kobo may not be for everyone.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : David Price (

Kobo Aura One review


We review the Kobo Aura One, a large-screen eReader with exceptional water-resistance and good night-time reading features

The price might seem off-putting at first (after all, it's possible to get a Kindle for a third of the price, if you're willing to put up with 'special offers', or £70 if you're not) but there's plenty here to justify the expense.

Oct, 2017

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