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Kobo eReader Touch

Kobo eReader Touch

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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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).

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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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79
Average user Score
 
100
IGMcMillan
As a Canadian, the Kobo eReader Touch is the clear choice. The available titles from the major American eReader manufacturers are nowhere near those that are available through Kobo in Canada. Also, Kobo is a Canadian product, so not only is it the best option in terms of library, it's also a patriotic investment.
 
70
klock379
overall a respectable ereader. Just a few gripes.Battery does not seem to last as long as advertised.Still a smaller selection of booksLittle featuresOnly 1GB storageDead / stuck pixels
 
90
tellerink
This product is amazing! image clarity is perfect, speed is amazing. never lagged or had problems. easy to buy books, and easy to use. Built in dictionary is the bomb and the highlighting tool is very useful. a good buy to use for your school books for sure!
 
80
BlakeT
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
Krytes42
Overall one of the best readers currently available, certainly far more suitable for my purposes than the Kindle or the Nook. I use it to read non-drmed books and files, (mostly epubs but a few pdfs). Some thoughts:The pdf reading experience isn't great, but no worse than the Hanlin and Sony readers I've had in the past. Adding Chinese/Japanese or other special character support is very easy- just download the fonts, then select your special font. I had much more trouble trying to get this to work on Sony's readers.In book mode, you can sort books by title, author, or recently read, but not by "recently added to the device", which seems a major oversight and was quite frustrating for me. The Kobo doesn't seem to recognize tags at all, and you can't sort books by tag. Again, a pretty major disappointment for me.You can use the search function display all books by a certain author or all those with a particular word in the title. This feature was well-implemented.It includes Sudoku and a basic web browser, both of which are very nice.Warning- it "phones home" to Google analytics (and I think Kobo's sites?) without asking permission and without notification. This can be disabled fairly easily.In the same vein, I was unimpressed that it tried to have me register for an account before enabling wireless access.
 
80
BoGoWo
just writing this to comment in general that i have added books to my Kobo from many sources; why would anyone be tied to the Kindle where you have to buy their format only, at their price whatever that is? Give me my Kobo, and freedom to search any day.
 
90
wert38
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
sahilwadhwa
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
ksyed0
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
SilverHammer
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget