- Malarie Gokey , Digital Trends
Reading in the bath is no longer a risky maneuver with Kobo's waterproof H2O.
- James Vincent , The Independent
Kobo's Aura H20 is fantastically designed and its party-trick is flawless - but it doesn't have the Kindle's fantastic ebook store, 3G connection or low prices.
- Uniform screen brightness and almost pure white background
- IP67 certification for waterproofing
- Large, high resolution display
- No pinch-to-zoom capability for PDFs
- Impersonal store experience
- Loads PDFs slowly
In the market of e-readers, the first name that comes to mind is the Kindle. Kobo is trying to break that with the introduction of their latest e-reader, the Aura H2O. What sets this apart from other e-readers? It is IP67 certified, which means it is completely waterproof in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. This is perfect for consumers who bring their devices in the bath, pool or beach. Not only can it be read under water but it maintains all of its general functionalities thanks to plastic covers for the microUSB and microSD slot. However, when submerged for over 10 minutes, Gizmodo states that, "For about five minutes after the fact, no matter what we hit, the device shuffled between slow loading and freezing entirely." They add that it worked fine after it dried off completely.
Design-wise, the Aura H2O is bigger than the Paperwhite due mostly to the larger 6.8-inch screen. Despite its slightly larger dimensions, experts found it comfortable to hold for long amounts of time due to the soft-to-the-touch surface and light weight of 227 grams. The screen itself offers a resolution of 1080p for a pixel density of 265ppi. More important than resolution is actual screen quality. When critics compared it to the Kindle Paperwhite 2, they noticed that the background was much whiter and the light distribution was very even.
Perhaps the biggest downside of the Aura H2O is its store. Amazon has had years to build up relationships with publishers and authors so it isn't any surprise that they have a bigger selection. However, critics also point out that the shopping experience is overall far easier and cheaper on the Kindle. TechRadar adds that there's very little in the way of personalization noting that, "The Kobo storefront…is dominated by a carousel of book covers of random authors in random genres."
Experts also ran into issues when trying to load PDF books. When attempting to load a book, it took them over a minute load large files and over seven seconds to flip through the pages. There is also no pinch-and-zoom capability so reviewers had to manually zoom in using a slider at the bottom of the screen.
Reviewers were impressed with the Kobo Aura H2O and recommend it to people who are not already invested in the Amazon ecosystem and want an e-reader with a great screen and protection against accidental drops in water. Tech Crunch states, "Rakuten-owned Kobo has executed perfectly on e-reader hardware with the Aura H2O."
Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)
This e-reader is pool and bathtub-ready
A waterproof eReader you can read at the beach or in the bath
Reading in the bath has never been easier
Great for the beach and the bath, Kobo's latest is the only waterproof ereader we know of. There's no 3G option, the store isn't as good as Amazon's, and there is a slight lack of processing power, but there are other unique attributes aside from waterproofing that make the Aura H2O worth considering.
Slightly bigger and chunkier than any Kindle, the Aura H2O is able to display a plethora of file formats on its precise, detailed and nicely illuminated screen, its page turns are quick, the reading experience uniquely customisable, and the arrival of the Pocket app brings offline w... Full review
We laud Kobo for the hardware's beautiful design and usability
One of the most authentic reading experiences
Even though the ebook reader seems to be fading fast, Kobo and Amazon are still producing high-end devices for that market. If you prefer reading on an ebook reader to reading on a tablet, the Kindle Paperwhite and Aura H2O are really your best options. The Kobo Aura H2O offers one of the most authentic reading experiences of any ebook reader and it even has a cool design. The reader’s special features are what set it apart from Amazon’s offerings.
We really enjoyed the Aura’s larger screen and the ability to put almost any file we wanted onto the device. The im... Full review
A gorgeous, waterproof screen that no one needs
Retailing for about $190, the Kobo H2O is unquestionably pricey by e-reader standards. Still, it is a whole $50 cheaper than our favorite waterproof, Wi-Fi-only e-reader option, the Waterfi-treated Kindle Paperwhite. And that's on top of actually being able to use the H2O's screen underwater, with Paperwhite's capacitive touch, once under the surface, you're effectively screwed.
However, if you're someone who buys a lot of books, it might not take you all that long to make up the price difference thanks to Amazon's notably cheap offerings. All-in-all, if you really need a waterproof... Full review
Stability, extras, and security of waterproofing are well worth the price of admission
A fully waterproof e-reader with a HD screen
An E Ink e-reader that's ready for a bath
HD screen, light and portable, and water resistant
If you want an eReader for chilling in the bath (or shower, or sea, or any other wet place) then the Kobo Aura H2O is pretty much your one and only choice. The water resistance is a great little feature that we can’t believe hasn’t been done before 2014.
With long battery life, a bright HD screen and an intuitive interface, there’s plenty to recommend here, especially if you want an eReader for enjoying graphic novels or offline webpages. However, the Kobo Store sadly falls flat compared to Amazon’s Kindle equivalent, with its overpriced books and lack of... Full review
Darn, there are no reviews yet for this phone.
Prices (Where to Buy)
Online Buying Options
Manuals / User Guides
Visit the Kobo Aura H2O Q&A Forum to ask the community a question or help others.Share / Embed