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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.