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.
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
Summary: Canadian ebook specialist Kobo recently signed a UK exclusive deal with WH Smith to sell its two new models – the Kobo Wi Fi and the Kobo Touch. While the Wi Fi model comes with a wallet-friendly price tag of £89 that puts it head to head with the new Amazon Kindle, the Kobo Touch adds touchscreen capability along with an extra £20 to the price. We took the touch-control Kobo for a test run to find out how it would fare.