Summary: The Kobo Touch is a good eReader overall, 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.
Cons: The eReader lacks a built-in dictionary and note-taking capabilities.
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.