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Kobo Mini eReader

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Kobo Mini and Glo eReaders review

The Gadgeteer
4 September 2013
  • Excerpt: Are you interested in switching to an eReader device so that you can carry more books with you, but without all the bulk? For the past few years, choosing an eBook reading device aka eReader has been a choice between 2 main companies. Amazon with the their Kindle devices and Barnes and Noble with their Nook (Sony is in there too, but it seems like they aren’t promoting their readers these days). Picking between 2 companies shouldn’t be a big deal right?
  • Pros: Mini is very portable, Glo has a very even front-light, Great battery life
  • Cons: Books tend to be more expensive and not available as early as Kindle / Nook versions, Mini version does not have a microSD card and requires a desktop app to copy books, No 3G capability
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Overall 5
5.0

Kobo Mini Review

LAPTOP Magazine
6 May 2013
  • Summary: For those who really can't stand to read on their smartphone, the $79 Kobo Mini might be worth a look. The compact design makes this device easy to use one hand, and you don't have to worry about glare when you read outdoors. Kobo offers a huge library of content and fun award badges for reading. However, for $10 less, you can get the base model Amazon Kindle, which offers its Prime members a free lending library of e-books, as well as cheaper best-sellers.
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Hands on Review of the Kobo Mini eReader

Good E-Book Readers
1 April 2013
  • Conclusion: The Kobo Mini is the perfect blend of portability without sacrifice. It offers a feature rich experience for a very low price point. This would be perfect for guys who wear suits and want to carry it around in their jacket pocket. It also fits snug in any jeans or pants pockets, too. I would also recommend it for small kids, who are not likely to break it, and for people who are new to readers and don’t want a ton of features.
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Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, and Kobo Touch TRIPARISON!

Good E-Book Readers
1 April 2013
  • Conclusion: The Kobo Glo gives you the impressive ability to read your ebooks in any environment. In the past you needed to be in an lighted area, and since e-Ink is not backlit like LED screens and thus prevented you from being able to read in the dark. This new model illuminates the screen with front LED’s that shine from under the bezel. The resolution gives you some the highest in the current generation of readers with 1025X758.
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Overall 8
7.5

Review of the Kobo Mini eReader

Good E-Book Readers
1 April 2013
  • Conclusion: It will be interesting to see how the market responds to a strongly marketed five inch reader. For the last four years all of the major players have released six inch or larger e-readers. Other companies have released smaller models, but never saw any traction because of poor retail distribution channels and brand awareness. The Kobo Mini is one of the best bangs for your buck if you are on a budget and still want a fully featured e-reader.
  • Pros: Portable, Easily Download Millions of Books, Touchscreen, Wide Array of eBook Augmentation Options, Swappable Back Cases
  • Cons: No Micro SD, Small Display, Black Model Seems to Show Fingerprints More and Is Hard to Clean, PDF’s Look Small, Sometimes Gets Sluggish When Editing Fonts
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Overall 6
6.0

Is Kobo's Mini too small or too big?

CNET
11 February 2013
  • Summary: The affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's too small for some and not quite small enough for others.
  • Pros: The Kobo Mini is a modestly priced, very compact Wi-Fi-enabled e-ink e-reader with a 5-inch touch screen. It supports EPUB files, it's compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format, and with Wi-Fi off it gets up to a month's worth of battery life from a single charge.
  • Cons: Ideally, the device would be even smaller and thinner. Also, 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.
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Overall 7
7.0

Kobo Mini Review

Digitaltrends
18 January 2013
  • Conclusion: The $80 Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn’t come off as cheap. Yes, to get to that price point there are sacrifices in quality — you won’t get the crispest screen or the fastest performance. But this is not a crappy dollar store eReader, it’s a good option for consumers whose primary concern is price or who don’t want to spend too much on something for a child who may not treat it as well as they should.
  • Pros: Light and comfortable, Size is good for small hands, Lots of control over text inside eBooks, Touch-controlled and easy to use, Access to eBook sources beyond Kobo's store
  • Cons: E Ink screen doesn't offer as much contrast as the competition, Could use faster performance
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Overall 5
5.0

Kobo Mini

PC Magazine
22 November 2012
  • Conclusion: With its 5-inch touch screen, the Kobo Mini caters to an underserved market: Those who want a tiny, dedicated ebook reader. Unfortunately, it also underperforms.
  • Pros: Inexpensive for a touch screen ebook reader. Small, cute form factor. Powerful ecosystem of books, mobile, and PC apps. Supports ePub format.
  • Cons: Sluggish. Slightly stubborn touch screen. Display is noticeably smaller than that of a paperback book. No memory card slot.
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Kobo eReader Mini review: shrunk in the laundry

Hardware.Info
20 November 2012
  • Excerpt: We liked the Kobo Reader Touch. Will the same be true for the Kobo eReader Mini?
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Overall 7
7.0

Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader?

Engadget
6 November 2012
  • Conclusion: The Kobo Mini is lightweight and temptingly priced, but that smaller form factor also comes with some trade-offs.
  • Pros: Inexpensive, Notably small and lightweight, Intuitive UI
  • Cons: Limited screen space, No expandable storage, Low-contrast display
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