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Kobo Mini

alaTest has collected and analyzed 169 reviews of Kobo Mini. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and usability also get good views, but the reliability and screen get negative comments. There are some mixed views about the storage and durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Mini is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (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 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the durability and price. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the screen.

usability, portability, performance, price, durability

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

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Mini

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 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 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the screen and size. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the reliability and performance, and views about the design and durability are mixed.

usability, price, portability, size, screen

performance, reliability

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

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 : 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 : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Is Kobo's Mini too small or too big?

 

The affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's a bit of an in-betweener -- too small for some and not quite small enough for others.

The ; 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 battery...

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 : Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Kobo Mini

 

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.

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.

Other Features, Store, and Conclusions While reading, you can highlight text, look up words in the built-in dictionary, and share passages on Facebook or Twitter directly from the device. The Mini also comes with Reading Life, which tracks your reading...

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 Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

Kobo Mini review

 

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 : 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

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