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.
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)
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
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... Full review
A basic white square with an E Ink screen in the middle
It may not be enticing enough to lure e-book lovers away from the big boys
It's a compelling e-reader for those seeking ePub support and an alternative to Amazon's walled garden of content
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 pa... Full review
Lighting is very bright and very evenly distributed
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... Full review
Lightweight and has excellent ComfortLight technology, but it suffers from a lack of contrast
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 en... Full review
It's intuitive, user-friendly and responsive
User-friendly and bright screen
User-friendly, bright screen, ePub support
An incredibly simple device
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