How would you change Kobo’s Aura HD?
The other thing would be better quality plastics. It doesn't feel cheap, exactly, but it doesn't feel like an Apple-quality piece, either.
I actually expect to have mine for a very long time. It's a wonderful device.
Also, the basic software needs a good work through. It is still flaky, I probably have to reset mine a couple of times a week (stock software, no hacks, no betas) and it can be incredibly slow - I don't know why syncing is so painfully slow - especially dictionaries which seem to need to be updated on every sync.
And, say it quietly, it's possible that Sudoku program is ready to come out of beta.
Overall though, I hope Kobo does produce a new reader, I know they've had some problems of late and their build quality hasn't always been the best, but it's nice to have a machine that's not tied to the Amazon monopoly.
Same applies to the Aura. Apply the higher def of the HD, upgrade to the newer e-ink tech, and I'm sold. Picky yes. I want one of the devices I just described, but will not buy an ereader until something like that exists.
I would like to see an even bigger screen, and a faster processor too, to make the experience more fluid. As a repairman, perhaps its good to keep the current screen tech. Typical lcds and digitizers are too fragile. Still, the screen does get a lot of dust particles due to being below the level of the bezel, but that's the thing of having IR bezel sensors.
I don't buy books, cause there're plenty information out there. I use it to read articles that I found interesting online. I agree with one previous reader, the device's outter shell can be made more durable. It seems very fragile to me, but so far I didn't crack yet. I also had skin all around the device so it's easier to hold while it protects the device.
Overall, I love my Aura HD. Can't put it down when I am reading the articles that I found online.
Also dual screens would be nice.
Add some basic apps (Calendar, time, reminders, basic e-mail ect).
Massive storage (it should hold a complete library).
2 expansions slots for storage.
Make the screen flush with the bezel.
Give the back a nice grip to it.
Let it be able to read a wide variety of formats so it can read all of my books.
*Simple take a real book and make it electronic and work up from there.
If all you can do is just a single screen then make it an add-on to tablets that would act as a cover and at the same time allow people to read their e-books from their tablets on the e-ink screen.
- the fiddly page-turns (sometimes they work, sometimes have to re-try),
- accidental page turns due to touches, and that
- it's not possible to follow the lines with my finger for rapidreading (called Meta Guiding, that eliminates back-and-forth eye movement). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_reading
I wish it would be possible to temporarily switch of the touch function, and navigate with basic hardware buttons when reading.
However, to select books, enter words for the dictionary, navigate in general the user interface, the touch screen is much better.
So I would need a mix of the two. If the Kobo had this feature, I'd buy it right away!
Second, it freezes way to often. I've learned to live with it, minimizing the number of times it happens, but it's still too much. I don't read many e-books, but mostly articles on Pocket and PDFs I download, where the Aura sometimes stumbles (still much better than Kindle, though).
Third, I want 802.1x WiFi support (for eduroam).
Fourth, it would be great if the web browser was faster and more accessible, with a fit-to-width function.
Also, and this goes for most of the ereaders out there as well, how about a calendar? Or a simple timer so that one can limit reading time? Or add the time in the header or footer area?
Of course page turnbuttons on the sides (like the rumored Kindle PW V3) would be nice.
Pull this off before Amazon's new Kindle comes out and you might have a big seller.