Summary: The Kobo Glo offers a good reading experience with an extraordinarily bright backlight and a large selection of content. However, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers less expensive books, more social options and the ability to lend your e-books to friends and family; plus it costs $10 less and fits...
Conclusion: The Glowing functionality found in the Kobo Glo is by lights at the bottom of the bezel. There are four of them that point upwards, creating a solid illuminated screen that gives you the impression that the entire screen is glowing.
Pros: Glowing Feature is Amazing, Dictionary Support for Sideloaded eBooks, Reading Life Is Unique, Millions of eBooks That Can Be Downloaded for Free or Purchased, PDF Support Is Solid, HD Display Makes Cover Art and Pictures Really Stand Out
Cons: No Home Physical Home Button, Can’t Retain PDF Zooming Page to Page, Can’t Buy Newspapers or Magazines Right on the Glo, Touchscreen Can Be Sluggish at Times, The Paid eBook Store Has Many Bugs on Launch Day
Conclusion: I would recommend this device to anyone who is satisfied with their previous e-readers from Kobo. I will be the first one to admit that the first two models were not that great and suffered from a wide array of bugs, crashes, and a sub-par reading experiences.
Conclusion: In this video we really showcase finding the sweet spot on both devices and give you plenty of real world lighting situations where you would adjust the brightness on both screens. Our last video we kept the levels fairly consistent, and in this video we show you every single level!
Conclusion: At $130, the Kobo Glo costs $10 more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, $10 more than the Kindle Paperwhite with ads, and $10 less than the Paperwhite without ads. Its biggest win is that the Glo’s light is evenly distributed across the screen, something neither the Nook nor Kindle can...
Pros: Light is evenly distributed on the screen, High quality E Ink display, Light and slim design, Plenty of font, size, and page design options
Cons: Text washes out when light is at full brightness, Light is somewhat harsh, On-device bookstore tough to navigate
Summary: The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.
Pros: The Kobo Glo is a lightweight, Wi-Fi-enabled e-reader that has an impressive front-lit, high-res e-ink display with a touch-screen interface. It also features an expansion slot for additional memory, supports EPUB files, and is compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format.
Cons: Kobo's selection of e-books lags behind Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's. Loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC.
Pros: Best-looking light-up screen. High-level font and page-refresh management. Physical light switch will have you all aglow. Support for ePub format. Kobo offers the Glo with four differently colored backs.
Cons: Navigating the on-device bookstore is wonky. Kobo has most books you want, but not all of them — Amazon is still the ecosystem king. Light is too bright for really dark rooms.
Kobo Glo Review – The Best Front-light eReader Yet?
28 February 2013
Summary: In two areas the Kobo Glo clearly outdoes its competitors. Firstly, it offers better and more even lighting than both the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight, and the Paperwhite. It also offers a MicroSD card slot that the Kindle Paperwhite lacks. Does that mean the Kobo Glo is a superior choice?
Pros: Lighting is very bright and very evenly distributed, text is very sharp, ePub support, no ads, as lightweight as it gets for an eReader with a backlight, dedicated button for controlling the lighting system and battery is solid and on par with its competition.
Cons: No headphone jack, design isn’t very exciting, not the best build quality and not the most ergonomic to hold and does not beat the Kindle’s ebook pricing. No 3G option.