Conclusion: The Kobo Touch is light, portable and decently priced for a touch screen ebook reader. However, it lacks audio, so you can't play music or audio books, and there's no 3G version. We're OK with that, but we do find the Kobo Touch slower than the Barnes & Noble Nook Touch and Sony's touch screen E-Ink readers. We also found that formatting settings sometimes didn't work in side-loaded ePUBs.
Pros: Touch screen, clear E-Ink Pearl display.
Cons: Text not quite as crisp as Kindle 3, sometimes sluggish.
Summary: The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is a major step up from the company's last device. The hardware is much improved, and the $129 price is attractive. However, the new Nook from Barnes & Noble Nook costs just $10 more, and it offers a more responsive touchscreen, a better interface, and more features.
Excerpt: The Kobo eReader Touch is a lot like the Barnes and Noble Nook. It is much smaller than the Amazon Kindle, and does not have a physical keyboard. Instead it is touch screen, coming in at six inches in height and 0.7 inches in thickness. This makes it lighter and smaller than both the Nook and the Kindle. The eReader has the same Pearl E Ink technology as most eReaders in the market today.