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
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.
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 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.
Pros: Crisp HD screen, Ergonomic premium design, 2 month battery life, The sleek , comfortable and ergonomic design makes the Aura HD a pleasure to hold. It genuinely feels like you're holding a book and your hands won't tire after extended use. The high resolution screen does away with that faded look some ereaders suffer from and smaller icons are clearly visible. The impressive battery life takes away some of the charging worry and you'll be able to carry this around in ...
Cons: Touchscreen not responsive, Sluggish interface, Hefty price tag, Pointless social features, The sluggishness of the screen is a big drawback and you'll find yourself constantly frustrated at the time it takes to do basic actions. Cynically, the price of Kobo books are more expensive than they are on the Kindle. Consumers won't be saving money on the hardware either since the Aura HD is £30 ($50) more expensive then the Kindle Paperwhite which is £109 ($119).