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.
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.
Summary: A few months ago, we sat down to compare the top e-readers released in the past year and find out which would work best for our avid readers out there. Naturally, the latest Kindles and Nooks scored high marks, but surprisingly the one device that stood out was the Kobo Aura HD .
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.
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. I also decided to put together a […]Read more
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: Battling the e-reader juggernaut Amazon is tough. Just ask Barnes & Noble. 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...
Pros: Best e-reader screen — remarkable sharpness and quality of lighting. Comfortable for righties. Font tweaking helps create a more pleasurable reading experience. Great battery life — at least a few weeks with Wi-Fi turned off. Side-loading titles is easy.
Cons: Kobo’s ecosystem is eclipsed by Amazon’s. Not so comfortable for lefties. Price is too high. Ugly red power button.
Conclusion: However, just know you'll pay a pretty good premium here for that slightly larger display. The average user, we expect, will be drawn to the Kobo Aura HD's less-costly competitors, and understandably so.
Pros: Large, sharp E Ink display, Angled back is comfortable to hold, Bright-white illumination
Cons: High-resolution display translates to smallish navigational text, Hefty and larger than competing e-readers, Larger display levies major price premium
Summary: You can also pick up an original Kindle Fire HD tablet for $10 less than this Kobo, providing access to a much wider array of content, apps and games in full color. However, the Fire HD isn't optimized for reading.
Conclusion: Kobo strikes gold with the well-designed Aura HD, a premium ebook reader with high-quality edge lighting and a super-sharp display.
Pros: Large, sharp screen. Fast page turns. Soothing edge lighting for dark rooms. Excellent font customization options. Informative current progress display. Plenty of storage plus a memory card slot.
Cons: Thicker and heavier than competing readers, thanks to the larger screen. Hard plastic housing feels a little flimsy. Inconsistent touch response on occasion.