Summary: So it seems OK by the specs. You can definitely load any book on it no matter where you got that book, if you know what I mean, but that is pretty much where the good stuff ends. This little piece of crap - and I use that phrase because what I really want to call it would surely be censored - has caused me endless hours of frustration. You have to download the KOBO desktop program to your PC to disconnect it from your PC or, I swear, the contents will be scrambled.
Summary: I was double-charged for a book I never downloaded (the bookstore web page crashed, never got a confirmation about the purchase). Then I was triple-charged for a book I did buy and download. Months have passed without any resolution, despite occasional emails from them about how they're working on it (the last one, two weeks ago, said "You will receive a refund within the next days").
Summary: The Kobo Touch runs far better than its button WIFI predecessor, but - unfortunately - it is just as inclined to screen failure. I originally bought a WiFi Kobo for DH at a Borders with extra warranty, and it died in less than 4 months of gentle usage. Screen developed these funny bars etc. I didn't pursue it immediately because I thought the chain closing meant I was out of luck but folks online told me otherwise.
Summary: This is the 4th e-book reader I've had in the last 10 years. In all these years there have been very few improvements because manufacturers want to sell e-books, not e-readers. E-books are expensive and produced mechanically. They show inferior quality and are riddled with typos and other irksome imperfections. Publishers don't want to pay professional proofreaders to check the quality of their e-books.
Summary: This ereader was good at first but it has been getting worse and worse. Today it keeps shutting off and telling me that it needs a charge when it does not. Makes attempting to read a book for class very frustrating. I haven't dropped it, it just sits on my desk so that is not the issue. Maybe I got a defective one but I've just been having more and more problems with it.
Summary: I thought this device would allow me to download a book, store it onto a SD media card, and then I could use that card to copy that book to my desktop to read, or to send to a printer, to be 3-hole punched and put in a binder... No such luck. Of course, a SD media card has no moving parts, so.. This reader only reads books already loaded on your external memory device, such as an SD card, or a desktop computer.
Customer support is the worst, but not the only, drawback of this product
Jeff Easter, Amazon
19 October 2011
Summary: I won one of these from a local news station, so my expectations were pretty low. Turns out I overestimated it still. Out of the box, it would not turn on, charge, or respond to any troubleshooting whatsoever. I called customer support, and after convincing them I was neither blind nor stupid, they agreed it did not work, and told me they would send my ticket to 2nd level support, who would issue an RMA and ship a new one out ASAP.
Summary: While Kobo is in the same price range as Nook STR and Kindle, it definitely shows lack of functionality compared with these two. I'm not talking about fancy things as music player, text-to-speech or games, who needs them on eReader (if you really need them buy a tablet instead and install everything you want).
Summary: It took me two days trying to download ebooks from the library and in the end had to do it through my main computer and then plug in my Kobo to get the ebook.. I found trying to use the search engine (Google) on the Kobo impossible to work with, the page was so light that I could barely find the search box. The small touch icons are very hard to use because they are so small, eg. the menu. All in all I was quite disappointed,.