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conclusion:We like it

84

The Kobo Glo is a well-designed e-book reader with bright lighting and sharp, highly customizable fonts that stacks up well against the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. Wired calls the Glo "a delightful surprise waiting to be discovered," and says that it "delivers crisp text that in many cases looks better than the text on the major players." Engadget considers the Glo "a solid little reader" that boasts "front-light technology that might well be the best in its class." However, the Glo sells for about $10 more than B&N and Amazon's offerings (at least Amazon's ad-based version, that is), and, as Wired points out, despite having a well-stocked bookstore, Kobo may find it "hard to keep pace with the Amazon retail juggernaut when it comes to pricing and depth." But if you haven't built up a big Kindle or Nook library, if you've got an e-book collection in the ePub format, which Amazon doesn't support, or if you're outside of the U.S., where Amazon and B&N aren't quite as dominant, the Glo is well worth considering.

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Critic reviews

7.9
13 reviews
  • Display / readability
    8.0
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Store and selection of titles
    7.1
  • Ease of use
    7.2
  • Document support
    8.6
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.3

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User reviews

8.6
10 reviews
7.0
Engadget Nov 2, 2012

Once again, Kobo has produced a solid little reader. The Glo's got the features that helped make the last-generation Touch a nice device, this time coupled with a front-light technology that might well be the best in its class.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 15, 2012

The Kobo Glo is an impressive ebook reader with solid edge-lighting and a surprisingly robust app ecosystem.

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8.0
CNET Jan 25, 2013

The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.

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7.0
Wired Nov 2, 2012

It takes more than a few crisp fonts that glow in the dark to make a stellar e-book experience. Amazon and Barnes & Noble are retail powerhouses. Kobo? Not so much.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 24, 2012

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the Kobo Glo, but it does suffer from a similar problem that Android tablets used to when compared to the iPad; it's only slightly cheaper, so what's the point? Judged purely on readability, though, the Kobo Glo is a standout reader.

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7.0
TechHive Dec 12, 2012

The Kobo Glo is a handy little e-reader that offers both lightweight portability—even compared to its competitors—and a built-in light for reading in the dark. Unfortunately, it’s no longer the “cheaper” e-reader.

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10
Digital Versus Dec 6, 2012

There are lots of reasons to get the Kobo Glo. It's intuitive, user-friendly and responsive. The backlighting is the perfect answer to all those who wish they could use their e-readers low lighting. And having access to the WH Smith e-book collection is a real plus.

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8.0
TechRadar Nov 7, 2012

The ComfortLight is perfectly executed at the first time of asking on the Kobo Glo, and makes a great option on an e-reader whose all-round quality and versatility comes at the price of occasionally needing a computer.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Nov 10, 2012

It hasn't unseated the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, but it has had a good try. It's more flexible, has a equally good inbuilt light, offers greater customisation and the vital EPUB support that the top dog ereader lacks. If these things matter to you, the Kobo Glo is a great alternative to the Kindle...

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7.0
ChipChick Dec 17, 2012

Unfortunately its design is a bit lacking, since we wish the design for the Kobo Glo was more rounded and as ergonomic as its competitors. We also wish that its contrast was a bit better. That said you can’t go wrong with this device either as it’s definitely a solid alternative.

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10
Expert Reviews Oct 26, 2012

A great hi-resolution screen, excellent store and built-in light make this an excellent eReader, but the Kindle Paperwhite is better if you don’t mind being locked into Amazon’s store.

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9.0
IT Pro Portal Oct 9, 2012

The Kobo Glo is an excellent eBook reader. It’s solidly-built, has an excellent screen and is consistently easy to use. The touch controls work well, there’s plenty of opportunity to customise the reading experience, and battery life is fine too.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Dec 19, 2012

The Kobo Glo is smaller, lighter, and brighter than the Kindle Paperwhite and its competitors. It's a compelling e-reader for those seeking ePub support and an alternative to Amazon's walled garden of content.

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8.0
benad benad

September 2013 Update at the bottom No rating yet on battery life and durability, since I just got it days ago. While the "Glo" part is a bit gimmicky and could look better, it is the best Kobo yet and is a strong competitor to other "open" eBook readers. Setting up WiFi was easy. Sync with...

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10
IamTheH IamTheH

A fantastic alternative to the Kindle Paperwhite and is an ePub format reader with access to the kobo store with over 3m books and a number of ePub books on the web. No reason to be just stuck with a Kindle. Also great choice for international markets.

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9.0
sandywoo sandywoo

I LOVE my Kobo Glo. Here's why: PROS - Fits one hand - Battery life is good, even with the light on. - Light is amazing at night - Reads EVERYTHING: mobi, epub, pdf, cbr, cbz so perfect for manga CONS - For those who read manga: Not a big fan of the rotate option, it only rotates clockwise,...

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7.0
lol3caring lol3caring

It's not bad, far from it, it just you know it could be better. The Kobo Glo does a good job reading it's main function but actually trying to get your books is a mine field. The interface and the organization is clunky and it seems very underpowered or perhaps the e-ink display is simply too...

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8.0
PollyParrish PollyParrish

I've bought one simply for the light, as I already have a Touch, but I do read in some gloomy places! The light works very well, doesn't dazzle and is even. The higher res display is an improvement, although the original is perfectly acceptable. Page turning, browsing the library and so on are...

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8.0
lehenry lehenry

I had a Kindle Keyboard before (3rd Gen), and the touch interface is really an improvement.The form factor is a little disapointement, with the bezel arround the screen so high (maybe because of the Glo light). The UI seems good so far, but the store discovery is way behind Amazon.

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9.0
ddigitaluk ddigitaluk

Purchased in the UK from WH Smith, The Kobo Glo is a really nice and light device and much faster compared with my Kindle Keyboard, the E-INK screen is much improved and very well lit by the LED system at 212 PPI Text is crisp, dark and sharp. The UK is missing out on Magazines and Newspapers but...

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