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Kobo Touch review

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Kobo Touch currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Kobo eReader Touch is a lot like the Barnes and Noble Nook. It is much smaller than the Amazon Kindle, and does not have a physical keyboard. Instead it is touch screen, coming in at six inches in height and 0.7 inches in thickness. This makes it lighter and smaller than both the Nook and the Kindle.

The eReader has the same Pearl E Ink technology as most eReaders in the market today. It is very easy to see and read, and the print really does seem as if you are reading from an actual book. The eReader also uses very little power, meaning that it has a battery life that can last for days and a standby mode that can last for almost a month. You will definitely not have to charge up your eReader everyday.

However, speed is something that the eReader is slightly lacking in. The response time for turning pages and clicking on icons has a few seconds of delay, making it slightly annoying if you are attempting to scroll through pages or features at a quicker rate. There are also no color features, meaning that children's' books or comics cannot be displayed on the Kobo eReader Touch.

This device is more about simplicity than amazing features. It has the ability to store an enormous number of books, pdfs and other word documents. It is only $129, which is $10 cheaper than the Kindle and Nook, which means it is definitely cost effective. If you are looking for a solid, dependable eReader then this is a good option.

Need To Know: Kobo eReader Touch

1. Good display, feels as if you are reading a book. (The Good)

2. Inexpensive compared to competition. (The Good)

3. No color display features. (The Bad)

4. Response time is slow for applications and lags while turning pages. (The Bad)


Screen Size
6"
Storage
2 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
-


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Mobile Indian

When Kobo Touch is compared to Kindle ereader, the latter may have a slightly higher initial cost but offers the same titles at shocking discounts. Now the pricing of the ebook is something Kobo has to work closely with publishers to fix. For those who already have thousands of ebooks purchased or d...

- Samir Makwana, The Mobile Indian
Techradar

The Kobo eReader Touch is an interesting and desirable alternative to the Kindle Touch - and unlike Amazon's touchscreen ereader, you can buy one in Britain. It's much more desirable than the entry-level Kindle, and if you're considering an ereader it should definitely be on your shortlist.

- Gary Marshall, Techradar
The Register

So which should you buy? To be honest, there’s not much in it and the Kobo commands a £20 premium for its touch interface and its memory card slot. The Kobo’s virtual keyboard is easier to use than on the basic Kindle. And if you don’t want to be locked into Amazon’s ec...

- David Phelan, The Register
Wired

Battery life is about half the two months claimed by Amazon and B&N for their readers. The default settings do not put the device to sleep, and my review copy died in my briefcase after a few days of neglect. I guess reading isn’t the only thing the Kobo should be nagging me about.

- John C. Abell, Wired
The eBook Reader

The Nook Touch and Kobo Touch are both solid, quality ebook readers for the price, but I'd personally choose the Nook over the Kobo at this time simply because I like the page-turn buttons and the hackable Android OS. The Kobo Touch wins in couple of important categories against the Nook. As mention...

- Nathan, The eBook Reader


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Screen Size
6"

The Kobo Touch's screen size is 6 inches with 600 x 800 pixels resolution.

Backlight
No

There is no built-in backlight.

Storage
2 GB

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

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Reading Time
-

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

Kobo Touch Specs

Overview
Release date June 10, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Operating System Custom
Processor Freescale i.MX508
Internal Storage 2 GB
RAM No
ROM Unknown
Flightmode Yes
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Blue, Black, Silver, Lilac
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.5 x 11.4 x 1 cm (6.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 200 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 600 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare Unknown
Additional Display Features Infrared Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Page Turn Key Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Vibration Alert No
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The Mobile Indian

Petite and light, great grip in hands

from The Mobile Indian

When Kobo Touch is compared to Kindle ereader, the latter may have a slightly higher initial cost but offers the same titles at shocking discounts. Now the pricing of the ebook is something Kobo has to work closely with publishers to fix. For those who already have thousands of ebooks purchased o...More

When Kobo Touch is compared to Kindle ereader, the latter may have a slightly higher initial cost but offers the same titles at shocking discounts. Now the pricing of the ebook is something Kobo has to work closely with publishers to fix. For those who already have thousands of ebooks purchased or downloaded from Project Gutenberg, simply go ahead and enjoy them on Kobo Touch.

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Techradar

It's easy to get the display just-so and there are Kobo editions of pretty much any book you'd expect

from Techradar

The Kobo eReader Touch is an interesting and desirable alternative to the Kindle Touch - and unlike Amazon's touchscreen ereader, you can buy one in Britain. It's much more desirable than the entry-level Kindle, and if you're considering an ereader it should definitely be on your shortlist.

Read full review

The Kobo eReader Touch is an interesting and desirable alternative to the Kindle Touch - and unlike Amazon's touchscreen ereader, you can buy one in Britain. It's much more desirable than the entry-level Kindle, and if you're considering an ereader it should definitely be on your shortlist.

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The Register

Not fast touchscreen keyboard, has expandable storage, affordable

from The Register

So which should you buy? To be honest, there’s not much in it and the Kobo commands a £20 premium for its touch interface and its memory card slot. The Kobo’s virtual keyboard is easier to use than on the basic Kindle. And if you don’t want to be locked into Amazon’s...More

So which should you buy? To be honest, there’s not much in it and the Kobo commands a £20 premium for its touch interface and its memory card slot. The Kobo’s virtual keyboard is easier to use than on the basic Kindle. And if you don’t want to be locked into Amazon’s ecosystem, the ePub format of the Kobo may appeal – you can shop around for your titles. Both products are great but neither are as lovely as books, which, if you find yourself in WHSmith's looking for a Kobo Touch, you can always opt for instead.

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Wired

Nicely motivates by projecting both the fun and sport of reading

from Wired

Battery life is about half the two months claimed by Amazon and B&N for their readers. The default settings do not put the device to sleep, and my review copy died in my briefcase after a few days of neglect. I guess reading isn’t the only thing the Kobo should be nagging me about.

Read full review

Battery life is about half the two months claimed by Amazon and B&N for their readers. The default settings do not put the device to sleep, and my review copy died in my briefcase after a few days of neglect. I guess reading isn’t the only thing the Kobo should be nagging me about.

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The eBook Reader

You really can't go wrong with either, both do what they were designed to do

from The eBook Reader

The Nook Touch and Kobo Touch are both solid, quality ebook readers for the price, but I'd personally choose the Nook over the Kobo at this time simply because I like the page-turn buttons and the hackable Android OS. The Kobo Touch wins in couple of important categories against the Nook. As ment...More

The Nook Touch and Kobo Touch are both solid, quality ebook readers for the price, but I'd personally choose the Nook over the Kobo at this time simply because I like the page-turn buttons and the hackable Android OS. The Kobo Touch wins in couple of important categories against the Nook. As mentioned above, the web browser works better, PDF support is better, and it supports a few extra formats. It is also available in more countries than the Nook, which is US only. In the end, you really can't go wrong with either. Both do what they were designed to do.

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Business Insider

It's impossible to hold and it doesn't stand a chance against the top competitors

from Business Insider

f you're in the market for an e-reader, don't buy the Kobo ($129.99). It's a great e-reader with some fun social features, but it's just not as good as the Kindle or Nook. If you want the best and most cutting edge touch screen reader, grab the Nook ($139.99). If you want Amazon's incredible libr...More

f you're in the market for an e-reader, don't buy the Kobo ($129.99). It's a great e-reader with some fun social features, but it's just not as good as the Kindle or Nook. If you want the best and most cutting edge touch screen reader, grab the Nook ($139.99). If you want Amazon's incredible library of books and the best book recommendations, buy the Kindle ($139.99). If Kobo could position its reader under one hundred dollars, then it might be a different story, but for $9.99 cheaper than its two biggest competitors, skip it. If you're really worried about cash, Kobo gives you a $9.99 book voucher with your purchase, so the unit is essentially $119.99 if you plan on buying any eBooks.

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Macworld

Eminently pocketable and has a responsive touchscreen

from Macworld

The Kobo eReader Touch Edition, the company’s third e-reader, is its best yet. Flaws remain, but aside from the slow shopping, the eReader Touch Edition is responsive, has an easily navigable interface, and provides a lot of functionality in a tight space. Its $130 price makes it a good cho...More

The Kobo eReader Touch Edition, the company’s third e-reader, is its best yet. Flaws remain, but aside from the slow shopping, the eReader Touch Edition is responsive, has an easily navigable interface, and provides a lot of functionality in a tight space. Its $130 price makes it a good choice for anyone who wants the lightest e-reader around, wishes to purchase books overseas, or likes the idea of reading stats and awards.

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Tech Advisor

A simple touch interface at a reasonable price

from Tech Advisor

While many people may be happier with the Kindle's keyboard, we could easily be persuaded to put up with a slightly less touch-typeable on-screen keypad in return for the smaller footprint and lighter weight. The company is obviously betting that a relatively basic reading device like the Kobo eR...More

While many people may be happier with the Kindle's keyboard, we could easily be persuaded to put up with a slightly less touch-typeable on-screen keypad in return for the smaller footprint and lighter weight. The company is obviously betting that a relatively basic reading device like the Kobo eReader Touch Edition can hold its own against the more expansive – and expensive – multitasking e-readers and tablets such as the $249 Nook Color and, of course, Apple's iPad 2.

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Cnet

A respectable and affordable touch-screen e-reader with a lot of pluses

from Cnet

All in all, Kobo has come a long way from its original e-readers, which looked and felt pretty generic. There's still a little bit of that lingering, especially in the interface, but the Kobo Touch Edition is a substantial improvement over its predecessors, and Kobo has definitely refined the des...More

All in all, Kobo has come a long way from its original e-readers, which looked and felt pretty generic. There's still a little bit of that lingering, especially in the interface, but the Kobo Touch Edition is a substantial improvement over its predecessors, and Kobo has definitely refined the design to the point where it now has some character and is pleasing to the eye (the quilted back is also pleasing to the touch).Some folks may not care all that much about snazzy interfaces, but that slickness factor is ultimately where this Kobo falls short of the competition. And that doesn't just include the UI, navigation, and the overall smoothness when operating the device. Kobo's e-book store and shopping experience isn't as robust as what Amazon and Barnes & Noble have to offer. And that shopping experience is fast becoming the most important feature--and biggest differentiator--for e-readers. Despite its shortcomings, the Kobo is a good deal at $129.99. Sure, we'd like to see it at $99, but at least it's $10 cheaper than the Nook, and Kobo throws in a $10 gift card (as of this writing). In the end, this is a solid e-reader that has the potential to get better. We recommend it with a few reservations.

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Engadget

The device can't quite match up to the competition

from Engadget

For those looking for a device strictly for reading, the new Kobo is a nice little option. It's small enough to slip into a pocket, can do more with a PDF than the competition, and at $129, it's $10 cheaper than both the Nook and Kindle WiFi. There's also nothing in the way of social functionalit...More

For those looking for a device strictly for reading, the new Kobo is a nice little option. It's small enough to slip into a pocket, can do more with a PDF than the competition, and at $129, it's $10 cheaper than both the Nook and Kindle WiFi. There's also nothing in the way of social functionality on the device, but we didn't really miss it. Ultimately, however, the eReader Touch Edition has one fatal flaw: it's not as good as the Nook. The software can be a bit slow at times, and after using the Nook at length, it's hard to deny that physical page-turning buttons would be a nice option. Had Barnes & Noble not introduced the device and beaten Kobo to market, the eReader would be a serious contender for the title of the best devoted e-book reader on the market. As it stands, however, the device can't quite match up to the competition.

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