Summary: I've been using the Kobo Touch for the past few years but really wanted a lighted e-reader. As I've been generally happy with Kobo and wanted to stick with the brand, I first considered the Glo but was put off by reports of an overly bright low setting, and so I looked at the Aura. Everything I read from reviewers and users was mostly positive, and so I decided that it would be my next e-reader. I have to say I am very happy with my choice.
Summary: Best e-reader I've tried. So easy to use that I didn't need to look at the onboard owner's guide. The screen is extra sensitive so that it can jump back a page if too much pressure is used when swiping the screen to turn the page -- but after an hour or so, it's easy to adjust to this, making for smoother operation and reading than with some other e-readers. Haven't had any screen freeze trouble.. The back light is more than adequate for reading in the dark.
Summary: Overall a very good product. Contrary to what the others indicated, the screen illumination is of a lesser quality compared to Kindle Paperwhite 1st generation (the LEDs on top are visible and create a brighter line, on the bottom one can see a dark line and all of this is quite irritating).
Summary: This is a beautiful thin light weight e-reader. the light is perfect. the one reason i am giving the Kobo Aura a 4 star review is that the wave form screen technology which allows it to refresh the screen only once every chapter has the down side of lessening the contrast. the background is greyer than my kobo mini or the glo or the kindle PW2 and the letters are more of a dark grey than the nice black you see on the Kobo mini.
it showed artifacts on screen and misaligned lettering
2 May 2014
Summary: It's disappointing when you think you're making a nice present for someone and then turns out that you got a bad unit. Although this item was a dud, the return process was fairly smooth and people I communicated with through email were courteous.
Summary: A number of years ago I was a reluctant convert to reading e-books. I love the feel of books, but books can be heavy. When I knew I was nearing the end of a book I would bring two more along with me so I would have a choice when it came time to pick the next one. This would make my purse VERY heavy. That was the first problem that lead me to consider reading an electronic version of a book.
Summary: The Kobo has many features that I like and find helpful. I love the light for those times when it is needed. The size is good. Every now and then I will be reading and the unit will go into sleep mode for no apparent reason. It does revert to the text in a minute or so, but it can be annoying.
Summary: Absolutely love it. I would sell my smartphone before I would let go of this reader. Perfect size. Fantastic performance and battery life. My only wish is that color e-ink screens were viable. If/when they become availible it is my hope that this be reoffered with a color e-ink screen and no other changes. It's that far too rare occurance when an item does exactly what it is supposed to do without flaw.