Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader?
The Kobo Mini is lightweight and temptingly priced, but that smaller form factor also comes with some trade-offs.
- Notably small and lightweight
- Intuitive UI
- Limited screen space
- No expandable storage
- Low-contrast display
While tablet and smartphone manufacturers battled it out over screen sizes, e-reader makers seem to have settled on an industry standard of 6-inch displays. It's a trend that Kobo, at least, is trying to buck. The company is supplementing its flagship device with a smaller model, the $79 Kobo Mini, which has a more diminutive 5-inch screen, and weighs less, to boot. But how much of a difference does an inch really make? Is smaller necessarily better on an e-reading device? And with so many options for consuming e-books, does the world really need a different, slightly altered form factor? We'll tackle all of these burning questions and more after the break.
How It Stacks Up
Kobo will sell discounted digital copies of your paper books
It purchased a company called Shelfie and will add that feature to its apps.
Kobo is the next to offer an e-book subscription service
It's a response to all-you-can-read options from rivals like Amazon.