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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

10
annakristiansen
I'm horrified looking at all the positive reviews here. If you consider buying...read more
90
Eth5001
Simply AmazingThe Kobo E-Reader is simply amazing its very simple for anyone...read more
80
SilverHammer
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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79
Average user Score
 
10
annakristiansen
11.14.14
I'm horrified looking at all the positive reviews here. If you consider buying a Kobo Touch, go read some real product reviews first, here:http://productreview.com.au/p/kobo-touch.htmland here: http://productreview.com.au/p/kobo-ereader.htmlMy review:- Slow, glitchy, blinky ereader- Inflexible desktop software- Useless customer service, the communication was a joke. I accidentally made 2 Kobo accounts because I purchased the Kobo Touch ereader from Bookworld via the Kobo online store, and 2 ebooks directly from Kobo's online store. The 2 accounts could not be merged, and the Kobo desktop software could not access the books. The customer service advised that I downloaded ADE to transfer the books, but I still can't transfer the books because I need the authorisation code for the books. - That was after Bookworld had kindly swapped my first Kobo Touch because it was too glitchy (Bookworld were professional, but Kobo's customer service handle problems with Kobo products)That wasn't an exhaustive list.
 
90
Eth5001
06.07.14
Simply AmazingThe Kobo E-Reader is simply amazing its very simple for anyone to use and read from! you don't need Wi-fi to read which is just awesome! you can simply purchase the book you want or download them (If free) and put them on easily.It has a large variety of books that you can choose from, its even gives you instructions to get the program on your computer and it recommends you books that they think suits who you are. I could definitely recommend this for anyone. $120 of my money was probably one of the best buys i had ever made and im sure it will be the best buys you will ever make.
 
80
SilverHammer
07.22.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
ksyed0
05.03.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
sahilwadhwa
12.04.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
wert38
11.25.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
BoGoWo
09.13.12
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
Krytes42
09.06.12
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
BlakeT
02.23.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
tellerink
02.07.12
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!