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Kobo's got a solid e-reader on its hands, but the company may have already missed the boat.
- Excellent front-light displayExpandable storageLightweight
- Uninspired designSlightly cheap feelPricier than the competition
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- 81AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE13 ReviewsCNET80A worthy Kindle alternativeThe Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.PC Mag80Kobo GloThe Kobo Glo is an impressive ebook reader with solid edge-lighting and a surprisingly robust app ecosystem.Wired70Kobo GloIndependently BrightIt takes more than a few crisp fonts that glow in the dark to make a stellar e-book experience. Amazon and Barnes & Noble are retail powerhouses. Kobo? Not so much.Engadget70Kobo Glo review: another illuminated e-reader lighOnce again, Kobo has produced a solid little reader. The Glo's got the features that helped make the last-generation Touch a nice device, this time coupled with a front-light technology that might well be the best in its class.TechHive70Review: Kobo Glo e-reader is light and brightThe Kobo Glo is a handy little e-reader that offers both lightweight portability—even compared to its competitors—and a built-in light for reading in the dark. Unfortunately, it’s no longer the “cheaper” e-reader.Pocket-Lint80Kobo Glo reviewThere's nothing intrinsically wrong with the Kobo Glo, but it does suffer from a similar problem that Android tablets used to when compared to the iPad; it's only slightly cheaper, so what's the point? Judged purely on readability, though, the Kobo Glo is a standout reader.Computer Shopper80Kobo Glo Review and RatingsThe Kobo Glo is smaller, lighter, and brighter than the Kindle Paperwhite and its competitors. It's a compelling e-reader for those seeking ePub support and an alternative to Amazon's walled garden of content.ChipChick70Kobo Glo ReviewUnfortunately its design is a bit lacking, since we wish the design for the Kobo Glo was more rounded and as ergonomic as its competitors. We also wish that its contrast was a bit better. That said you can’t go wrong with this device either as it’s definitely a solid alternative.Digital Versus100Kobo Glo ReviewThere are lots of reasons to get the Kobo Glo. It's intuitive, user-friendly and responsive. The backlighting is the perfect answer to all those who wish they could use their e-readers low lighting. And having access to the WH Smith e-book collection is a real plus.TechRadar80Kobo Glo reviewThe ComfortLight is perfectly executed at the first time of asking on the Kobo Glo, and makes a great option on an e-reader whose all-round quality and versatility comes at the price of occasionally needing a computer.TrustedReviews80Kobo Glo reviewIt hasn't unseated the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, but it has had a good try. It's more flexible, has a equally good inbuilt light, offers greater customisation and the vital EPUB support that the top dog ereader lacks. If these things matter to you, the Kobo Glo is a great alternative to the Kindle PaperwhiteExpert Reviews100Kobo Glo reviewA great hi-resolution screen, excellent store and built-in light make this an excellent eReader, but the Kindle Paperwhite is better if you don’t mind being locked into Amazon’s store.IT Pro Portal90Kobo Glo reviewThe Kobo Glo is an excellent eBook reader. It’s solidly-built, has an excellent screen and is consistently easy to use. The touch controls work well, there’s plenty of opportunity to customise the reading experience, and battery life is fine too.
- 78AVERAGE USER SCORE13 ReviewsEngadget Reader10January 25, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!KOBO uses adobe editions to transfer books from libraries etc. It has no control over this software, and if it will work on your computer. For Kindle you borrow your books directly from them and is much more fool proof. After allot of effort I was able to add borrowed books again, but the latest title is one I checked out before and it now doesn't work so it isn't a good sign. I have better things to do than test this over and over, when I only use it on trips, etc. Too late to return it now. It might be ok if you are only going to buy books from KOBO. Don't buy unless you have 30 days to test it allot, and be aware ADE might stop working at any point, like if your library requires an upgrade, or you buy another computer.I contacted support 2 times, the first just pointed me to my library which I had been working with, and then to reinstall Adobe. They said 4.0 but their link was for 3.0. The second time I request a return they spent allot of time walking me thru unistalling and resetting, but that did not work. I tried it some more reset once, and when I tried to reset it again, I actual just started it a couple of times and the books were there, but not the lastest one. Note Adobe's forum says not to use 4.9 with the Yosemite (OS 10.10.1) so not sure which I should use but while ADE(3) shows it transferring the latest book it is not there, while ADE 4 crashes.Engadget Reader50November 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I purchase this unit at a Wal-Mart for $110. Until recently, identical titles were usually less expensive on KOBO than through its competitors (Amazon for Kindle, etc.) Unfortunately this is changing.(( Regular contests and coupons for KOBO offer considerable savings. Before buying, perform a search of the title because you can sometimes find identical titles listed at widely varying prices. The main CONS are the lack of a decent bookshelf system and the "out of the blue" updates that occur with KOBO, which render your e-reader useless for at least an hour while it restores and reloads content.Engadget Reader70January 29, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's not bad, far from it, it just you know it could be better. The Kobo Glo does a good job reading it's main function but actually trying to get your books is a mine field. The interface and the organization is clunky and it seems very underpowered or perhaps the e-ink display is simply too slow for my taps and that isn't even half the problem. I can't find my books half the time its like they disappear off the device then magical appear in the oddest unexpected places. Once I get reading though it isn't bad not bad at all everything works and it does the job, which is reading. I really think all it needs is a good update to fix it's organization issues and it would be great.Engadget Reader100May 17, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80May 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 10, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100December 12, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A fantastic alternative to the Kindle Paperwhite and is an ePub format reader with access to the kobo store with over 3m books and a number of ePub books on the web. No reason to be just stuck with a Kindle. Also great choice for international markets.Engadget Reader90November 2, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I LOVE my Kobo Glo. Here's why:PROS- Fits one hand- Battery life is good, even with the light on. - Light is amazing at night- Reads EVERYTHING: mobi, epub, pdf, cbr, cbz so perfect for mangaCONS- For those who read manga: Not a big fan of the rotate option, it only rotates clockwise, would prefer it if had rotate clockwise and counterclockwise so I don't need to press it three times to rotate back to its original form- Not that many choices for cases, just limited to Chapters/Indigo's selectionEngadget Reader80October 22, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I had a Kindle Keyboard before (3rd Gen), and the touch interface is really an improvement.The form factor is a little disapointement, with the bezel arround the screen so high (maybe because of the Glo light).The UI seems good so far, but the store discovery is way behind Amazon.Engadget Reader90October 13, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Purchased in the UK from WH Smith, The Kobo Glo is a really nice and light device and much faster compared with my Kindle Keyboard, the E-INK screen is much improved and very well lit by the LED system at 212 PPI Text is crisp, dark and sharp. The UK is missing out on Magazines and Newspapers but Kobo's own book selection in their store is pretty good and priced in line with other retailers. One thing about the Glo that some may find irritating is that the case attracts fingerprints despite being a matt finish.Engadget Reader80October 10, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've bought one simply for the light, as I already have a Touch, but I do read in some gloomy places! The light works very well, doesn't dazzle and is even. The higher res display is an improvement, although the original is perfectly acceptable. Page turning, browsing the library and so on are much faster than the Touch. Start-up is also faster, though as it's usually just in sleep mode this doesn't matter much.I've had it 9 days now and it's locked up twice, forcing a restart. It also occasionally refuses to turn a page, then does 2 at once. These are the same problems that the touch has, and is not surprising given they are obviously using the same software. That's during somewhere around 20 hours reading, I'm happy enough with the battery life, but must point out that it is nowhere, not even within shouting distance, of the claimed 55!!! hours with the light on.More like a quarter of that.Loading books is very easy, not only through Kobo's desktop program, but also via Calibre or simple drag and drop through Windows Explorer for files you may already have.All-in-all it's a good product, but they really should have fixed the bugs which have been around since the Touch launched a year ago.Compared to the competition, well, it's a higher res than the Nook Glow and the light is much, much better,(there's a good video on Youtube showing the difference between the two), and in the UK, is available, unlike the very nice looking Paperwhite(though I read now that the Paperwhite light is a little uneven).UPDATE: Battery life is definitely a quarter of the claimed life.Engadget Reader80October 5, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!September 2013 Update at the bottomNo rating yet on battery life and durability, since I just got it days ago. While the "Glo" part is a bit gimmicky and could look better, it is the best Kobo yet and is a strong competitor to other "open" eBook readers.Setting up WiFi was easy. Sync with their other iOS and Android apps worked well, including annotations, though limited to books from Kobo store. Worked well with a MicroSD card, and with Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions on the desktop, so you're not locked in to their store. (I even suspect it should work on Linux too.)The touch part is not consistently responsive throughout the UI, though I suspect it's a software issue. Apart from those delays, the processor is very fast, and cold-boot time to loading a book takes about 25s. It is very comfortable to use, and since it's not using a glass touching the screen didn't leave any visible smudge. Compared to Amazon Kindle:+ Available in Canada+ No ads+ Amazing document support (including books bought from other Adobe DRM compatible stores)- Kobo store selection limited- Light is not uniform- Documentation online only, and split between support FAQs and an online PDF manual (should have been bundled in the reader)- "No Refunds" policy at Chapters / Indigo in CanadaSeptember 2013 UpdateBattery life is very good. Even with the light on all the time at a reasonable brightness and with frequent Wi-Fi syncing, a full charge should last about from 3 to 4 weeks.As for my complaint about the light being not uniform, it was overblown. It becomes less uniform only at the edge of the screen, and after long use it is not much noticeable anymore.Finally, there were significant (and frequent) software updates that made the tough screen more responsive in the menus. The boot time to loading a book is now less than 15 seconds from a cold-boot.
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