Kobo Glo Review – The Best Front-light eReader Yet?
26 December 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? Unfortunately, its design is a bit lacking, since we wish the design for the Kobo Glo was more rounded and as ergonomic as its competitors.
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.
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 more text on the screen. With a price tag of $129, the Kobo Glo backlight and gamified reading experience help this e-reader stand out, but it doesn't unseat the champ.
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.
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. This is the exact same way that the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight does it, except the Nook has them on the very top of the bezel and pointing downwards.
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. The company has really grown up in the last few years and solicits core features and functionality with its many international vendors and via websites like Good e-Reader and Mobileread.
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! You can get a very strong sense on what both of these bring to the tables in terms of ebook reading and much more!
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 claim. Text washes out somewhat with the light on, though not so much that it completely ruins the reading experience.
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: Despite being the industry underdog, the Kobo Glo proves to be a strong contender in the eReader space. Shortfalls of the device, such as a high minimum brightness and a short battery life, are minimal, and they are largely a matter of preference. Overall, the Kobo Glo provides a great reading experience with excellent lighting and feature-rich functionality.
Pros: The Kobo Glo's screen resolution matches the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook GlowLight.
Cons: This eReader's battery lasts half as long as other digital readers.
Excerpt: If you’ve happened to venture into an independent bookstore in the past few years, you may have noticed an e-reader for sale that isn’t produced by an online retailer or a giant bookstore chain. Those e-readers are made by Kobo, a Canadian company that prides itself on being the unofficial e-reader of independent bookstores. And like those very bookstores, the new Kobo Glo is a delightful surprise waiting to be discovered.