Excerpt: The Kobo Aura is yet another eBook reader that is largely unknown to the book-loving masses. That could all change very soon though, as the Aura proves to be an impressive piece of hardware that handily contends with the major players in the eReader space. The device isn’t without a few glaring limitations, but overall it is worth a serious look, particularly if you have yet to spring for a dedicated eReader.
Pros: The Kobo Aura can hold roughly 3,000 titles and is one of the smallest dedicated eBook readers on the market.
Cons: Oddly, this latest version of the Aura doesn’t support periodicals and touch responsiveness can sometimes be sporadically sluggish.
Excerpt: Review Date: October 2013 – Review unit purchased from Kobo.com Overview The Kobo Aura is the latest ebook reader from Kobo. It has a 6" E Ink Pearl screen and is the little brother to the 6.8-inch Kobo Aura HD that was released earlier in the year.
Conclusion: Kobo's latest Aura ebook reader brings the Aura HD's technology down to a smaller device size and lower price point. It adds a few tricks of its own, but it's still not enough to switch from a Kindle.
Pros: Very lightweight. Flush screen. Beautiful edge lighting. Memory card slot. ePub support. The best font customization options in the business.
Cons: Inconsistent touch response. Visible ghosting on some page turns. Slightly weaker ebook ecosystem compared with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A bit too expensive.
Summary: Kobo is incredibly keen on E Ink e-readers, offering five different models, priced from $79.99 for the Kobo Mini up to $169 for the Aura HD. The Aura is just one step down from the Aura HD, and will cost you a fairly hefty $149. For that price, you get an incredibly bright (sometimes too bright) backlight, an easy-on-the-eyes E Ink reading experience and a very light device that's comfortable to hold for hours. We also like the personalized recommendations.
Pros: Lightweight and easy to hold, Interesting Beyond the Book feature, Minimal flickering during page turns, Expandable memory
Cons: Expensive, E-book prices higher than competition, No magazines or newspapers, Some light leakage from top of display
Kobo Aura review: is spending $150 on an e-reader ever worth it?
5 September 2013
Summary: The Kobo Aura is the best flagship e-reader on the market. There are, however, some caveats here. First, it's still a hard sell if you're locked into Amazon, as the Paperwhite's recent tweaks have made it all the more compelling a proposition. Second, the $150 price tag makes the device decidedly not mainstream. Kobo just can't compete with Amazon's subsidized reader prices, particularly not with the Kindle's Special Offers ad model, which shaves even more off the price.
Pros: Great build quality for an e-reader, Best-in-class frontlighting, Integration with Pocket
Excerpt: The Kobo Aura is a new backlit eReader from its new owner, Rakutan. With a 6-inch E Ink panel, 212-pixel per inch display, 4GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards, the reader is ready to handle your entire eBook library plus more. According to Brian Heater of Engadget, “All told, the Aura's hardware isn't perfect, but this is easily the nicest mainstream standalone e-reader we've seen, though the $150 price tag may be a lot for all but the most devoted...
Conclusion: With the longest battery life of any eReader on the market, you can overlook the slightly higher price of the Kobo Aura. It has a great and even backlight, clear text and loads of software features that will let you enjoy your chosen book with ease. Certainly a very strong contender for your Christmas list.
Pros: Textured back adds grip, Even backlight, Long battery life
Kobo’s new mid-level Aura is as seamless an e-reader as we could want
Good Gear Guide.au
12 September 2013
Summary: Kobo’s $190 Aura e-reader continues the company tradition of getting out of the way of your reading. The Aura’s design is unobtrusive with some nice aesthetic cues, and the hardware is fast enough to be responsive to user input. Apart from its slightly clunky method of browsing store books, we think the Aura is a great device.
Pros: Great design and screen, Seamless e-reading experience, Reading Life awards are a nice extra