Excerpt: The Kobo Aura HD and Onyx Boox T68 are the only two ebook readers currently available that feature E Ink’s 6.8-inch display, so a comparison review between them is needed to determine which device is better. Unfortunately that’s not going to happen. I can’t definitively say that one is better than the other.
Kobo Aura HD hands-on review: the hottest eReader yet
8 March 2014
Conclusion: The Kobo Aura HD is a high-end eReader that isn’t looking to challenge the multimedia-focused tablets. But, in this jack of all trades market, it may be difficult to sell the idea of sophistication when it lacks features like video and colour that most people enjoy – especially at a price of £139.99, which is at the higher-end of eReader prices and about mid-level for tablets.
Conclusion: So what are the big differences between these two e-readers? The Aura has more flexibility in your font selection, it has double what Amazon offers. Advanced users may dig the ability to load in your own fonts. The display screen on the Paperwhite gives you a better front-lit experience, but the Aura is higher resolution. One of the cool abilities the Kindle has, is being able to make notes, highlights and annotations in sideloaded PDF’s.
Kobo Aura and Aura HD review: paving the way to the ultimate e-reader
13 October 2013
Excerpt: Kobo is investing a lot in its new e-readers, and we recently took a closer look at the Aura HD and the new Aura. Which one is the ultimate e-reader is difficult to say. What you can be sure about is that either one will make you very happy.
Conclusion: The Kobo Aura HD is a bright, crisp and luxurious e-reader, but its price tag lets it down. There's a few nifty - yet meaningless - features on-board, such as social sharing and rewards for reading, but if you’ve got cash to splash and you can look past all this, the Aura HD simply offers the best E Ink screen on the market right now. If that’s your top priority, then the Kobo is definitely worth a look.
Pros: There's simply no competition for the Kobo Aura HD's touchscreen right now: the e-paper display is 6.8-inches of pure high-def black and white glory, punches in at a super crisp 1440 x 1080, 265dpi resolution that simply blows the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite away. Text and comics have never looked better in black and white, and everything simply just looks crisp. The screen is coupled up with an evenly lit front light that shines a soft blue and is easy on the eyes. That...
Cons: Despite a 1GHz processor under the hood, there were times when we saw the Kobo Aura HD lag. PDF and comic book files pushed the processor to a page-turning halt, with a few seconds to wait after pressing the touchscreen. Regular epub books were quite nippy, but the screen sometimes needed an extra prod to turn the page. The key stumbling block is the price: you're paying an extra premium for the gorgeous E Ink screen, yet for £20 more, you can grab a fully-fledged And...
Conclusion: The Kobo Aura HD’s high-resolution screen improves the reading experience by making fonts crisp and clear at any size. Unfortunately, the Nook and Kindle E Ink readers already do a pretty good job of this and the Aura’s display doesn’t surpass them by much. Luckily, the Aura’s ComfortLight is evenly distributed across the screen, something neither the Nook nor Kindle can claim.
Pros: Excellent high-res screen, Light evenly distributed on the screen, Comfortable design, Includes browser and games
Cons: Design doesn't feel premium, Text washes out when light is at full brightness, Light is somewhat harsh, Screen doesn't respond consistently
Excerpt: Today I was finally able to get the Kobo Aura HD review posted, which includes some pictures, a couple of videos, and a written review. The video review ended up being really long this time. I was able to cover a lot of details and show some complaints.
Excerpt: The Kobo Aura HD is the newest ebook reader to hit the market, and it comes with a unique screen that is larger than typical E Ink ereaders, plus the resolution is higher. But is the screen good enough to win over would be Kindle Paperwhite buyers?
Excerpt: Yet, Kobo lives on — not just surviving, but thriving. The Japanese company’s success in the e-reader market can be pinned equally on its strong international presence and its willingness to create a product specifically tuned to the wants and needs of its most hardcore customers. The Kobo Aura HD is a device for those hardcores: people who not only crave a better e-ink screen (really, who doesn’t?), but also those who pay closer attention to a device’s design.
Summary: There is no doubt that the Kobo Aura HD offers the highest resolution display with the brightest backlight option available. We found it quite pleasurable to read for extended periods with this E Ink e-reader. But hardware is only half the equation. For $50 less, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers less expensive books, more social options and the ability to lend your e-books to friends and family.
Pros: High-res screen offers best reading experience, Bright backlight, Gamifies reading, Large 4GB of built-in storage
Cons: $50 more than the competition, E-books more expensive, Can't share book passages or lend books, Very small periodical selection