Kobo Glo

72
Engadget
Score
72

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

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Engadget Review

Kobo Glo review: another illuminated e-reader lights up the market

Summary

Kobo's got a solid e-reader on its hands, but the company may have already missed the boat.

Pros
  • Excellent front-light displayExpandable storageLightweight
Cons
  • Uninspired designSlightly cheap feelPricier than the competition
Kobo Glo review: another illuminated e-reader lights up the market
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There's nothing like a good underdog story. Aside from last year's failed Vox tablet, Kobo has made some quality devices, but has still failed to make a huge dent in the e-reader market -- a space dominated by Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In the case of the Glo front-lit e-reader ($129), Kobo might just be hampered by unfortunate timing. Though the company managed to get a jump on things in the last round with the Kobo Touch, the Glo comes on the heels of similar devices, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. But, could this reader have what it takes to convince Kindle and Nook owners to take a leap of faith? Find out after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

72
 

Breakdown

Design and form factor
7.7
Display / readability
8.2
Portability (size / weight)
8.2
Ease of use
7.3
Storage capacity
8.0
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Specs

Glo

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
yes
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to30 day
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Specs

Glo

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
yes
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to30 day
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04.08.17
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Kobo will sell discounted digital copies of your paper books

It purchased a company called Shelfie and will add that feature to its apps.

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