Kobo vs Kindle – Which is better? Comparison and Review
If you are an avid reader, you will probably be thinking of investing in an electronic reader. In today’s battle Kobo vs Kindle we will review the Kobo Touch and the Amazon Kindle.
In this Kobo vs Kindle review we are trying to be as close to reality as we can be and the truth is that The Kindle is the closest you can get that resembles the old-fashioned paper as it has been specifically created for reading outdoors so its screen doesn’t reflect the light. You can set the brightness display settings according to your needs and enjoy different lightning no matter where you are – in the bus, at home, in the park, at a café etc.
Kobo vs Kindle
Let’s test the Kobo vs Kindle in a head to head comparison table. Bellow are the best versions as an ereader from this 2.
- Now available in Black or Twilight Blue
- The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet-with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
- Now waterproof, so you're free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
- Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
- Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
- Read comfortably at any time of day
- Seamless day-to-night reading with Night Mode
- Soft touch finish on front and back for easy grip
- Page-turning buttons for faster reading experience
Kobo eReader Review – Kobo is an entry level eReader targeted at a group of people who just don’t mind about all the additional features of the Kindle and the Nook, and would rather have a gadget that is targeted solely at reading books – or in this case eBooks. In this regard, I should say that the Kobo is a beautiful accomplishment.
There might be flashier, more feature packed readers out there, but there merely isn’t one around that’s better at getting the readers to their books.
Kindle on the other hand is a product of Amazon, using its kindle software it was mainly designed to allow users to access e-books and digital media. The kindle has had its functions increased to such that one can; read PDF and kindle books, browse the internet free, download kindle books and PDFs and listen to music, basically the kindle at its best as a reading tool.
This tool is thus enhanced to suit the reader in providing, detailed library storage, an LED screen that can be varied to form black background against white text, the capacity to hide the status bar which displays signal coverage and battery power levels, a feature that is associated to only kindle. For easier reading the kindle has reading functions that allows one to bookmark kindle books for easier reading.
Differences between Kobo vs Kindle
Design – 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 Kobo 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.
Navigation – 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.
Kobo vs Kindle reading content
Books are easily downloaded directly to your Kobe through Kobo wi-fi connection, or through a standard USB connection to your computer and then to your ereader. One of the downsides of the Kobo 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.
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.
Clarity – 1 factor that distinguishes the most powerful ebook guests from the relaxation is clarity of show. And Kobo is proper up there with the ideal of them. Genuine, the eReader does not have the touchscreen know-how that Kindle does, but the 6-inch E-Ink display is crystal-crystal clear
Kobo vs Kindle 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 Kobo 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 and Connectivity
The Kobo 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.
Connectivity – Kobo has gaining reputation these days. It has been adding a lot more functions and far more applications that could compete to other branded eBook Reader devices. With its new wifi technology, Kobo offers various capabilities and applications for various type of users.
To start off with, borrowing and reading of books from local library is now possible with the new kobo with wifi technology. Accessing the nearby library books will be for free of charge. The device comes with a hundred free of charge classic ebooks plus accessing to more than 1.8M eBooks will be for free of charge as nicely.
Pros Kindle vs Kobo
– 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.
– The Kobo it has a clear display and easy to follow navigation, and of course the unique Kobe eReader incentive reward program.
– The Kobo ereader is very light and comfortable for carrying about. The classical books included in this reader are just excellent and memorable.
– 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.
Kobo vs Kindle 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.
– The Kobo is fit for only reading and absolutely nothing else. You can’t anticipate more functions in this e-book. Its price tag is most likely to be increased shortly.
– 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.
>Bottom line conclusion for Kindle vs Kobo comparison
Kobo e-reader is the best selection for you if you prefer to read lot of books which are useful and wealthy in content. It is advised for educational institutions.
Last update on 2019-12-16 / Affiliate links