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Kobo Touch review

7.1/10 AVG.

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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
2 GB
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

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

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

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


There is a Freescale i.MX508 processor (CPU).


The eReader runs on the Custom operating system (OS).

2 GB

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


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

Kobo Touch Specs

Release date June 10, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
SIM card size No
Operating System Custom
Processor Freescale i.MX508
Internal Storage 2 GB
ROM Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
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
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
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Vibration Alert No
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