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.
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.
Conclusion: The Kobo Mini is a good lightweight pocket-sized ereader that is very simple looking. This might be good for those looking for a portable device with minimalist styling, but we think it's perhaps too simple, since its lack of physical page-turning buttons makes it unattractive for those who don't like touch-only devices.
Pros: Small, light and pocket sized.
Cons: Touchscreen not as responsive as we'd like, contrast could be better., Simplistic design, difficult to clean.
Excerpt: If a market for cheap, entry-level e-readers didn’t exist, Kobo would have no trouble kickstarting one with its no-frills 5-inch Kobo Mini . It weighs in at just a little over 130 grams and measures 10mm thick, and features a touch-enabled 5-inch e-ink display, 2GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, and up to a month of battery life on a single charge.
Conclusion: Nicely priced at £59.99, the Kobo Mini is a possible stocking filler for frequent travellers, commuters and anyone who likes to travel light, though in strict hardware terms it's certainly convenience over quality.
Pros: Pocket-sized, same experience as on larger Kobo ereaders, screen customisation options
Cons: Slightly too big for shirt chest pockets, no document/book emailing, computer required, unstable and liable to crash
Excerpt: Pretty much every single eReader we've seen has a 6in E Ink screen, but the Kobo Mini is something a little different, as it has a smaller 5in screen. The idea is that this eReader is pocket-sized and that little bit easier to carry around. We've seen something similar before, with the 5in Sony Reader PRS-350 Pocket Edition , but that was two years ago. The obvious benefit of using a smaller screen is that the device is that much smaller.
Summary: Das Nischen-Gerät Der Kobo mini ist ein günstiger und sehr gut verarbeiteter E-Book-Reader mit solider Software. Die leichten Verzögerungen beim Anwählen von Menüs und die hin und wieder auftretenden Fehler bei der Schrift waren im Test nicht so stark, dass das Lesen keinen Spaß mehr machte. In puncto PDF-Lesequalität und Buchsortiment hat der Kleine jedoch die gleichen Probleme wie sein großer Vetter Kobo glo - einen Testbericht finden Sie hier .
Pros: gutes Design, extrem handlich
Cons: kein PDF-Reflow-Modus, nicht alle aktuellen Bestseller im E-Book-Shop, störende Bugs