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’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.
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
Kobo Aura HD review: a high-end e-reader with 'niche' written all over it
23 April 2013
Summary: When Kobo first unveiled the Aura HD, it felt as though the company was shooting itself in the foot by announcing it as a limited edition, niche product. After playing around with the device, it's easy to see how the company came to that decision. While the product really does offer up some best-in-class features, including a 1,440 x 1,080, 6.8-inch display and 4GB of storage (expandable by up to 32GB), such things may be outweighed by the reader's size and $169 price...
Pros: Big, high-res screen, Strong front light, Lots of storage for an e-reader
Cons: Pricey, Big footprint, Software still lacking
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.
Conclusion: When it comes to high resolution displays, customers often gravitate towards full color tablets instead of e-readers. This has been the growing trend in the last few years, and it’s completely amazing to see a brand stay loyal and committed to its e-ink line of devices. Simply put, the Kobo Aura HD has the highest resolution out of any six or seven inch tablet or e-reader in the world. If images and clarity of text matter to you, this is a must purchase.
Pros: Best resolution and DPI in the business, 4 GB of internal memory, double that of the Kobo Glo, Front-Lit display is better than the Kindle Paperwhite, Ability to load in your own fonts is HUGE!, Revised home-screen is a welcome change, Tons of customization options
Cons: WIFI is prone to randomly disconnect, PDF files often load in the top right-hand corner and need to be adjusted, Curved hardware design will take some getting used to, Reading Life tends to take over your home-screen
Excerpt: The Kobo family has been joined by Aura HD – an eReader with integrated front light and high-resolution screen. The Japanese company’s new top ebook reader can now pitch against the competing Amazon Kindle Paperwhite . Take a look at our review of the Kobo Arc too.
Excerpt: The new Kobo Aura HD reader is positioned as a premium e-ink reader. The manufacturer goes so far as calling it the Porsche of e-ink readers. According to the reviewers, this claim is largely met. Rather than attempting to undercut Amazon on price, Kobo chose to provide deluxe features. The display is a large 6.8" screen and it features a 265 dpi display. At 1440 x 1080, it is the classic aspect ratio of 4:3.