Kobo eReader Touch

78
Global
Score
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Kobo eReader Touch Edition review

Summary

Pros
  • Pocket-sizedLow price pointZoom and pan on PDF reader
Cons
  • No physical page buttonsPerformance lags in storefront Lack of 3G option
Kobo eReader Touch Edition review

When it first announced the launch of its eReader Touch Edition late last month, Kobo referred to itself again and again as the "David" in a reader market full of "Goliaths." It's not difficult to see why -- the company's chief competition in the space is Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony, all giants in their respective fields. In spite of overwhelming odds, however, Kobo has managed to stay afloat, and even competitive. True to form, however, Barnes & Noble launched its own device a mere day after Kobo, which for most intents and purposes, looks an awful lot like the eReader Touch Edition. In fact, the devices were seemingly so alike that we created a head to head, in order to see for ourselves precisely what set them apart.

The new Nook also managed to beat Kobo's device to market, offering a more than worthy competitor to Amazon's latest. The question with the launch of the Kobo then, is not only whether the David can compete in a market so dominated by the Kindle, but if the eReader Touch Edition has enough to set it apart from the superficially identical Nook.

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Scores

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Breakdown

Durability
8.0
Design and form factor
7.3
Display / readability
8.0
Storage capacity
8.0
Document support
8.3
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Specs

eReader

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to30 day
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Specs

eReader

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to30 day
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