Summary: The Kobo Touch is overall a good eReader, but it fails to contend strongly against the best eBook Readers in the space, including Kobo’s newer eBook readers. It doesn’t offer anything unique that we haven’t seen in an eReader before, but we like the simplistic look and feel of the device, and its support of EPUB and other non-proprietary files will appeal to some readers.
Pros: The Kobo Touch supports non-proprietary eBook formats, and its attractive quilted back makes the device comfortable to grip.
Cons: It lacks features for serious reading, including a built-in dictionary and note-taking capabilities.
Conclusion: We rather like the Kobo eReader Touch Edition. Its page navigation system is intuitive, and there's certainly a large enough library of e-books to choose, from both free and paid-for. Add in the fact that you can read texts in multiple formats and there's plenty of scope here. But it is considerably more expensive than the Kindle - and the Kindle is already very, very well known. A £50 price and storefront positions might help it along.
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.
Pros: Lightweight design, Comfortable soft-touch coating, Crisp Pearl E Ink touchscreen, Reads open EPUB format
Cons: No physical page-turn buttons, Touchscreen isn't as responsive as the competition, Limited font line spacing and margin choices, Wi-Fi connectivity issues, No notes and limited bookmarks, Need to connect to a PC to set up
Excerpt: The Kobo has been released in time to compete with the all-new £89 Amazon Kindle for a place under your Christmas tree. T3 has already weighed these up in an Amazon Kindle versus Kobo Touch Edition video but the Kobo does have a killer feature that might sway you? It has a touchscreen, an e-ink touchscreen at that. You won't find that on a Kindle, unless you head to the States in order to snap up an Amazon Kindle Touch .
Pros: e-ink touchscreen, Built in wi-fi, Great hardware
Cons: 80's cultural references, Best sellers more expensive, Kid-friendly featues
Excerpt: has come a long way since its first eReader with the eReader Touch Edition. A diminuitive, fast and well-priced eBook reader that doesn't only meet its competition feature by feature but also offers a number of unique features besides being the one of the smaller yet most capable eReader devices around.