Kindle vs Kobo ereader . Comparison and Review [2018-2019]
Kindle vs Kobo ereader
If you are an avid reader, you will probably be thinking of investing in an electronic reader. In today’s battle Kindle vs Kobo ereader we will review the Kobo Touch and the Amazon Kindle.
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The Kobo ereader, Kobo Touch is a small, compact ereader with a unique quilt style soft cushioned back. The back comes in a choice of five colors and makes it very comfortable to hold. Kobo also has a unique reader incentive reward program which is great fun for adults and children alike.
The solid rubber back in a non-slip quilt pattern of the Kobo ereader feels very soft and natural in the hands, although for my Kindle I was given a deliciously smelling leather cover as a gift, and I love the smell as much as the protective cover!
As with touch screen Kindle, you can use your Kobe ereader to connect with friends through Facebook and Twitter. This is a great feature if you belong to a book club or want to share or tweet special passages.
The Kobo ereader is another very popular ereader on the market today. It is small and compact enough to fit into your pocket. The 6 inch display screen which takes up most of the device, ensures that you have a nice large area for reading. Like the Kindle, the Kobo ereader uses E-Ink technology, so that when you are reading the look and feel is very much like a normal page. The screen is not back lit (as with computers and touch screen phones) which means that it can be read anywhere during the day inside or outside without glare or reflection.
A Home Button at the bottom centre of the Kobe eReader, navigates readers to the homepage. Otherwise navigation is entirely through the touch screen. You can either tap or swipe the screen to turn pages. This is similar to the Kindle’s cheapest touch screen Kindle which has a 5-way controller as well as touch screen.
The Kobo offers 17 different font sizes and seven different font styles which is more than any other ereader. It also offers adjustable line spacing, margins and justification, which gives the reader plenty of choice to change the look of the page to suit individual preferences. The reader can also chose 16 grey-scale levels which provides great contrast when viewing books, magazines and pictures.
Reading content for Kobo
Books are easily downloaded directly to your Kobe through Kobe wi-fi connection, or through a standard USB connection to your computer and then to your ereader. One of the downsides of the Kobe ereader is that it doesn’t have an option for 3G connectivity, which is a great option for travellers or for somebody who is not too technologically challenged.
Battery life and memory
Battery life with Wi-Fi turned off is approximately one month, but it will depend on your personal usage and whether or not you use your Kobe ebook reader to browse the Internet.
With the 2GB of memory that comes with the Kobe eReader, you can store up to 1,000 titles. You can also purchase a 32GB SD card which will allow you to store up to 30,000 books. You can sort your books by title, author, most recently read and books that you are currently reading. As well as downloading books from the Kobo store, you can also download ebooks in a large number of other formats, which means that you have a wide variety of reading material to chose from. If you delete one of your books by accident, you can re-download it to your Kobo from the Kobo store.
Other features – Kindle vs Kobo ereader
The Kobe ereader has some interesting and unique features. It counts the number of pages left in the chapter that you are reading and displays them at the bottom of the screen. I would love to see this feature on my Kindle Keyboard because I read at night and when I am getting tired, I have no idea how many pages are left before the end of the chapter. Also when you turn off your Kobo, the cover of the book is displayed which feels much more like closing a traditional book.
The Kobo ebook reader also has an appealing awards program. It tracks the number of books in your library, the number of pages that you have turned and how many daily readings in a row that you do. As you reach new levels you unlock fun prizes. What a great incentive for kids to motivate them to read.
Kindle vs Kobo ereader pros
A few customers have commented on how the quilt-like back makes this ereader feel very comfortable to hold. Because it is small and lightweight it fits snugly in one hand and slips easily into your back pocket. It has a clear display and easy to follow navigation, and of course the unique Kobe eReader incentive reward program.
You can access 2.4 million titles from the Kobo store and because it uses the ePub format other titles may be sourced from other book stores around the world. PDF files are much clearer and easier to read on the Kobo ereader.
With 17 different font sizes, this is one of the best ereaders for somebody who is visually impaired but still likes to read.
Kindle vs Kobo ereader cons
Although you can find your way around quite easily, the Kobo ereader isn’t quite as intuitive as the Kindle or Nook touch screens, and the user interface isn’t quite as well designed and laid out.
It has fewer features than its Kindle and Nook rivals with no text-to-speech format and you cannot play your music MP3 files. As well, the Kobo ereader does not have an option for 3G, which is such a good feature for travellers and the electronically challenged.
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