Kobo Mini

70
Engadget
Score
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader?

Summary

The Kobo Mini is lightweight and temptingly priced, but that smaller form factor also comes with some trade-offs.

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Notably small and lightweight
  • Intuitive UI
Cons
  • Limited screen space
  • No expandable storage
  • Low-contrast display
Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader?
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While tablet and smartphone manufacturers battled it out over screen sizes, e-reader makers seem to have settled on an industry standard of 6-inch displays. It's a trend that Kobo, at least, is trying to buck. The company is supplementing its flagship device with a smaller model, the $79 Kobo Mini, which has a more diminutive 5-inch screen, and weighs less, to boot. But how much of a difference does an inch really make? Is smaller necessarily better on an e-reading device? And with so many options for consuming e-books, does the world really need a different, slightly altered form factor? We'll tackle all of these burning questions and more after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

70
 

Breakdown

Battery life
7.5
Document support
7.7
Display / readability
5.8
Design and form factor
7.7
Ease of use
6.7
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Specs

Mini

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
5 inches
Touchscreen
yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to14 day
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Specs

Mini

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
5 inches
Touchscreen
yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to14 day
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