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82
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Kobo's built a terrific e-reader, but the high price is tough to justify.

Pros
  • Great build quality for an e-reader
  • Best-in-class frontlighting
  • Integration with Pocket
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Touchscreen can be unresponsive
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Scores

Engadget

82
 

User Reviews

80
Todd Ostermeier
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
100
Mihir Garikiparithi
The Kobo Aura has many things going for it. From a superb build, to some market...read more
100
Lars Pedersen
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
622
Touchscreen
Yes
Internal storage
41
Memory card support
MicroSD
Battery life
Up to 233

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome
Screen size
6 inches
Resolution
Other (1014x758)
Touchscreen
Yes (Capacitive [finger])
Screen PPI
211 ppi
Illumination
Built-in front light

Reading / content

Reading features
Bookmark, Notes, Highlight
Text format support (native)
Epub, Pdf, Txt, Rtf, Html, Mobi, Other
Integrated dictionary
Yes
Downloadable media
Yes (Books, Magazines)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
4 GB
Memory card support
Yes (MicroSD)

Power

Battery life
Up to 2 months

Software / platform

Operating system
Linux
Browser
Yes
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
No