Kobo eReader Touch

78
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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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.

Pros
  • Pocket-sizedLow price pointZoom and pan on PDF reader
Cons
  • No physical page buttonsPerformance lags in storefront Lack of 3G option
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User Reviews

100
IGMcMillan
As a Canadian, the Kobo eReader Touch is the clear choice. The available titles...read more
70
klock379
overall a respectable ereader. Just a few gripes.Battery does not seem to last...read more
90
tellerink
This product is amazing! image clarity is perfect, speed is amazing. never lagged...read more
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7.5
Average Critic Score

Display / readability

8.0
 

Storage capacity

8.0
 

Document support

8.3
 

Battery life

8.0
 

Ease of use

7.5
 

Portability (size / weight)

8.7
 

Store and selection of titles

7.2
 

Durability

8.0
 

Design and form factor

7.3
 

How It Stacks Up

71

Engadget

71
 

Critic

67
 

User

90
 
93

Engadget

94
 

Critic

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User

85
 

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Critic

80
 

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90
 
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How It Stacks Up

71

Engadget

71
 

Critic

67
 

User

90
 
93

Engadget

94
 

Critic

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User

85
 

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Critic

80
 

User

90
 
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