- Display / readability Fonts could be more crisp, but highly customizable. Light is not uniform. Otherwise great.
- Battery life No comments
- Store and selection of titles Far from Amazon, but much better than a few years ago.
- Ease of use No comments
- Document support Beats the Kindle easily. Adobe DRM support, ePub, PDF, CBR and more.
- Storage capacity No comments
- Durability No comments
- Design and form factor No comments
- Portability (size / weight) No comments
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 their other iOS and Android apps worked well, including annotations, though limited to books from Kobo store. Worked well with a MicroSD card, and with Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions on the desktop, so you're not locked in to their store. (I even suspect it should work on Linux too.)
The touch part is not consistently responsive throughout the UI, though I suspect it's a software issue. Apart from those delays, the processor is very fast, and cold-boot time to loading a book takes about 25s. It is very comfortable to use, and since it's not using a glass touching the screen didn't leave any visible smudge.
Compared to Amazon Kindle:
+ Available in Canada
+ No ads
+ Amazing document support (including books bought from other Adobe DRM compatible stores)
- Kobo store selection limited
- Light is not uniform
- Documentation online only, and split between support FAQs and an online PDF manual (should have been bundled in the reader)
- "No Refunds" policy at Chapters / Indigo in Canada
September 2013 Update
Battery life is very good. Even with the light on all the time at a reasonable brightness and with frequent Wi-Fi syncing, a full charge should last about from 3 to 4 weeks.
As for my complaint about the light being not uniform, it was overblown. It becomes less uniform only at the edge of the screen, and after long use it is not much noticeable anymore.
Finally, there were significant (and frequent) software updates that made the tough screen more responsive in the menus. The boot time to loading a book is now less than 15 seconds from a cold-boot.
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