Reviews summary

7.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 20 reviews

The number of e-book readers with built-in backlighting used to be zero. No longer. There are now over half a dozen e-book readers with backlit screens, and one of them is the Kobo Glo. It comes with a rather sizable 6-inch e-ink Pearl touchscreen display and lasts up to 55 hours of continuous usage with the light on.

In terms of speed, the Glo has no issues. It runs on a 1GHz Freescale processor that’s more than capable of driving the 1024x758 pixel touchscreen display. The high native resolution results in crisp on-screen text, great for reading on the go. And of course, with the built-in backlighting, it’s possible to read pretty much anywhere regardless of whether it is day or night.

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As with Kobo’s other e-book readers, the Glo is designed to work well with social networks and offers easy access to nearly 3 million books in the Kobo eBookstore. And the best thing is that it is available in a range of different colors, so you can easily choose a style that's uniquely you.

Need to Know: Kobo Glo

1. High-resolution e-ink Pearl touchscreen display offers crisp text on all kinds of digital content. (The Good)

2. Built-in backlighting makes it possible to read at all times of day. (The Good)

3. Lacks built-in 3G wireless connectivity. (The Bad)

4. A bit too expensive for its price-to-features ratio. (The Bad)


Specs summary

Screen
6"

The Kobo Glo's screen is 6 inches with 768 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Unknown operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

Prices (Where to Buy)


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Kobo Glo Ereader E-book Wifi 6in 2 GB - Black, Pink , Blue

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Kobo Glo eReader Wi-Fi 6'' 2 GB Pink Touchscreen from Japan New!

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Kobo Glo eReader Wi-Fi 6'' 2 GB Silver Touchscreen from Japan New!

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  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located in: USA


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Reviews summary

7.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 20 reviews

The number of e-book readers with built-in backlighting used to be zero. No longer. There are now over half a dozen e-book readers with backlit screens, and one of them is the Kobo Glo. It comes with a rather sizable 6-inch e-ink Pearl touchscreen display and lasts up to 55 hours of continuous usage with the light on.

In terms of speed, the Glo has no issues. It runs on a 1GHz Freescale processor that’s more than capable of driving the 1024x758 pixel touchscreen display. The high native resolution results in crisp on-screen text, great for reading on the go. And of course, with the built-in backlighting, it’s possible to read pretty much anywhere regardless of whether it is day or night.

Show more

As with Kobo’s other e-book readers, the Glo is designed to work well with social networks and offers easy access to nearly 3 million books in the Kobo eBookstore. And the best thing is that it is available in a range of different colors, so you can easily choose a style that's uniquely you.

Need to Know: Kobo Glo

1. High-resolution e-ink Pearl touchscreen display offers crisp text on all kinds of digital content. (The Good)

2. Built-in backlighting makes it possible to read at all times of day. (The Good)

3. Lacks built-in 3G wireless connectivity. (The Bad)

4. A bit too expensive for its price-to-features ratio. (The Bad)

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Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


The ComfortLight, the responsive touchscreen, and the OS make this an ereader that is just too good to pass up

from Know Your Mobile (2 years ago)

For a suggested retail price of £99.99 the Kobo Glo is twice as expensive as the Nook, but still £10 cheaper than the new Kindle Paperwhite. But the Glo more than makes up for its double price over the Nook in both form and function, and at £10 cheaper than the Kindle it still come... More

For a suggested retail price of £99.99 the Kobo Glo is twice as expensive as the Nook, but still £10 cheaper than the new Kindle Paperwhite. But the Glo more than makes up for its double price over the Nook in both form and function, and at £10 cheaper than the Kindle it still comes in ahead considering it’s physically smaller and lighter.

If you aren’t already tied to Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem and want an exceptionally good, mid-priced ereader, get the Kobo Glo. The ComfortLight, the responsive touchscreen, and the OS make this an ereader that is just too good to pass up.

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9/10

A basic white square with an E Ink screen in the middle

from Laptop Magazine (3 years ago)

The Kobo Glo offers a good reading experience with an extraordinarily bright backlight and a large selection of content. With a price tag of $129, the Kobo Glo backlight and gamified reading experience help this e-reader stand out, but it doesn't unseat the champ.

The Kobo Glo offers a good reading experience with an extraordinarily bright backlight and a large selection of content. With a price tag of $129, the Kobo Glo backlight and gamified reading experience help this e-reader stand out, but it doesn't unseat the champ.

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6/10

It may not be enticing enough to lure e-book lovers away from the big boys

from Digital Trends (3 years ago)

The Kobo Glo is a decent e-reader with good features and an average design. It doesn’t score a definitive win over the Nook or Kindle, but it is competitive in a way previous efforts from the company weren’t.

The Kobo Glo is a decent e-reader with good features and an average design. It doesn’t score a definitive win over the Nook or Kindle, but it is competitive in a way previous efforts from the company weren’t.

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7/10

It's a compelling e-reader for those seeking ePub support and an alternative to Amazon's walled garden of content

from Computer Shopper (3 years ago)

So, take a very close look at the Kobo Glo. It’s a handsome device, and there’s virtue in supporting a high-quality underdog. However, for U.S.-based consumers, we suspect the Kindle Paperwhite still has an edge. You may already purchase items from Amazon, and it has a diverse product ra... More

So, take a very close look at the Kobo Glo. It’s a handsome device, and there’s virtue in supporting a high-quality underdog. However, for U.S.-based consumers, we suspect the Kindle Paperwhite still has an edge. You may already purchase items from Amazon, and it has a diverse product range that should ensure it will sustain its content ecosystem for years ahead. Its e-mail-files-to-your-Kindle feature, its X-Ray content-indexing feature, and its lending library for Amazon Prime customers are very compelling benefits to joining the Kindle tribe. But for those who seek another path, the Kobo Glo is a wonderful companion.

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8/10

Lighting is very bright and very evenly distributed

from Chip Chick (3 years ago)

In two areas the Kobo Glo clearly outdoes its competitors. Firstly, it offers better and more even lighting than both the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight, and the Paperwhite. It also offers a MicroSD card slot that the Kindle Paperwhite lacks. Does that mean the Kobo Glo is a superior choice? Unfor... More

In two areas the Kobo Glo clearly outdoes its competitors. Firstly, it offers better and more even lighting than both the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight, and the Paperwhite. It also offers a MicroSD card slot that the Kindle Paperwhite lacks. Does that mean the Kobo Glo is a superior choice? Unfortunately, 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 that can run with the big boys. 

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Lightweight and has excellent ComfortLight technology, but it suffers from a lack of contrast

from Tech Hive (3 years ago)

The 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: The Kobo Glo costs about $10 more than both the Nook Sim... More

The 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: The Kobo Glo costs about $10 more than both the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and the Kindle Paperwhite. While it is lighter, other aspects of the experience make it difficult to justify those extra $10.

At the same time, it is only $10. If you’re particularly into social networking integration, the Kobo Glo is a winner, and if you enjoy color options (the Glo comes in black, pink, blue, and silver), you may want to take a look at this e-reader. The Kobo Glo does the front-lit ComfortLight thing very well, with bright, even lighting; but contrast does suffer slightly.

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7/10

It's intuitive, user-friendly and responsive

from Digital Versus (3 years ago)

There 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.

There 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.

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10/10

User-friendly and bright screen

from The Inquirer (3 years ago)

The Kobo Glo is a great e-reader, and the rather functional design is more than made up for by the device's light, its ease of use and open approach to ebook formats.

The Kobo Glo is a great e-reader, and the rather functional design is more than made up for by the device's light, its ease of use and open approach to ebook formats.

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8/10

User-friendly, bright screen, ePub support

from V3 (3 years ago)

Overall, the Kobo Glo is a great e-reader, and the rather functional design is more than made up for by the device’s light, its ease of use and open approach to e-book formats.

Overall, the Kobo Glo is a great e-reader, and the rather functional design is more than made up for by the device’s light, its ease of use and open approach to e-book formats.

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8/10

An incredibly simple device

from PC Advisor (3 years ago)

The Kobo Glo is an incredibly simple device, matching Amazon’s Kindle in its user-friendliness and gradual learning curve. It makes finding and buying books nearly seamless, although Amazon still has a slight edge in pricing and range of books. The Glo is almost as refined as is possible for a... More

The Kobo Glo is an incredibly simple device, matching Amazon’s Kindle in its user-friendliness and gradual learning curve. It makes finding and buying books nearly seamless, although Amazon still has a slight edge in pricing and range of books. The Glo is almost as refined as is possible for a touchscreen e-reader.

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9/10

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