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
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