I have owned this ereader for a few months now and have nothing but praise for it. I bought it for £30 from WHSmith which is under half the price of the cheapest kindle, and as far as I can tell they are entirely comparable.
The screen is very good to look at, however there needs to be quite a bright light on the screen to be able to see it, so if your in a dimly lit room, chances are you wont be able to read.
There are a few functions aside from reading such as Chess and a web browser although these are just gimmicks.
The e-book store is awful however with a poor and generally very expensive selection. However there is an easy get around as books can be purchased from the kindle store, converted and placed onto the kobo.
For reading though it is a great device with a few adjustable settings such as font size and page refresh times.
I love books, a lot! I love getting lost in a story on a Sunday afternoon, or staying awake to all hours in order to find out the ending. I was very apprehensive about changing to an ereader, as I love the feel of a book and going to the library to scan all the spines. However, I wouldn't look back! I love my Kobo! I've had Kara (my name for her haha) for a year now and i don't regret it at all. My main reason for getting an ereader was for holidays. I am one of these people that need an entire suitcase just for my books, so the idea of having them all in my handbag swayed me. It is excellent having them all in the same place, being able to switch between them, highlight, look up words and see exactly how far you are through. I don't go anywhere without Kara now! Before buying the Kobo I did lots of research into it and the Kindle and I discovered I much preferred the idea of a touch screen. It is so easy to change the page, zoom in and out and select quotations or paragraphs. Overall, the Kobo is very easy to use, it is self explanatory and uncomplicated. It is very easy to buy books from the Kobo store, which has a great range of books, and I do not find myself limited. It is also easy to simply drag PDF files from a computer onto the device. I dropped my Kobo in the first week I got it and found it was not the most durable, however, I simply bought a cover, and I have had no trouble since, despite all the bashing it gets. Furthermore, I adore the design of the Kobo. The quilted back (I chose lilac) adds style to a device which could be very boring looking. I also love being able to have the cover of the book I am reading as the lock screen, it makes it very personal. Moreover, the added features of a simple internet network and suduko add that extra touch. I would definitely recommend this to a friend!!
I am now in LOVE with reading thanks to this E-reader. I was always unsure of what to go for as I know Kindle's are a huge hit but decided to go for the Kobo touch (The cheaper option) and it is perfect. It has Wi-fi so I am able to download any books I wish and rather quickly may I add, it has a huge range of free books which is brilliant and the layout of my library is perfect, very clear! It also offers me books it thinks I may like based on the books I have read...Perfect!
I love that when it is shutdown you re-open to the page where you left off and can flick from one book to another, perfect for travelling which I do a lot and I love the addition of the light for night time reading. You can change the font size so adjustable to your needs and easy for a first time e-reader to use. The touch screen is very useful as it is easy to select the books that you want and you can turn your pages...so still that feeling of exciting when turning a page.
If you are split between a Kindle and a Kobo....Kobo without a doubt! Cheaper price tag that doesn't lack anything 
As an avid reader, my home has always resembled something of a second hand bookshop, with bookcases groaning under the weight, and that slightly reassuring smell of aged yellowing paper. However, when one of my bookcases actually decided to collapse under the pressure, I decided the time was ripe for a good old clear out. Knowing however that , given my past behaviour, I'd only start hoarding more books, I decided the time was right to buy some kind of e-reader.
Having heard a few terrifying stories of people having their kindle libraries deleted for no reason by Amazon, one of the few things I was absolutely sure of was that I didn't want a kindle. I also knew that I wanted an e-reader with a built in light, as the positioning of the bulb in my room actually makes reading in bed something of a strain on the eyes, and that I needed a device capable of reading a variety of formats, as I didn't want to be tied to purchasing books from only one site.
Enter the Kobo Glo. At 99.99, it seemed like a lot to pay out all in one go, but I justified the expense by bearing in mind that I would have immediate access to over 1 million free titles to read, and I was fairly sure that, although I wouldn't read all million of them, I would find enough books to read in that selection to more than pay back the cost of the Kobo itself.
There were four colour options for the Kobo Glo, and in a rare fit of girlishness, I opted for a pink one. It's not actually pink all over - the frame around the front reading screen (which is 6" corner to corner) is white, with the Kobo logo ever so subtly written in silver on the bottom centre. The back of the device however is a vibrant pink, criss crossed in a diamond pattern, giving it an almost quilter effect. At the top of the device is the on/off button (with a small led power indicator) and the light switch, the side holds a slot for a micro sd card (I've never used one with the device myself) and the bottom contains the charger socket and the reset hold.
The device comes with a USB charger, though mains chargers are available at additional cost. I was rather delighted to see that the charger was exactly the same as my phone charger, which was an unexpected bonus. Covers and screen protectors were also available, although I chose not to purchase any additional accessories at the time.
The Kobo didn't come with any detailed manual, which as someone who instinctively fears and mistrust new technology, scared me a little. It did tell me how to turn it on though, and once I'd done that the device itself talked me through the set up instructions. It took only a minute or two to tie it in with my Facebook account, set up the kobo desktop library on my pc, and have my first few books downloaded.
The Kobo is very easy to use, though there are a couple of controls you may want to fiddle with before you get going. You can, for example, adjust the touch screen sensitivity to suit yourself. I found that I needed to turn the sensitivity quite a way down as my clumsy fingers would accidentally fumble and turn the page quite often. You may also wish to adjust the font size, and the brightness of the light for night-time reading. I do like that the light is adjustable, as I can turn it down to a comfortable level with no glare, which makes reading in bed an absolute joy. You can also adjust the font on the ereader - and I was pleased to note there was a font there designed for dyslexics, which my boyfriend has said makes reading a little easier for him.
With the light off in the daytime, the screen doesn't glare at all, but has a kind of matte finish, which is very easy and comfortable to read, even in direct sunlight. The Kobo is only 185g in weight, and is of a size where it can comfortably be read one handed without causing any kind of discomfort. With dimensions of 114 x 157 x 10 mm is can easily fit into a back jeans pocket, although with me being incredibly clumsy and accident prone, I elected to keep my in my handbag for travel purposes.
A charge lasts a good long time on here. I couldn't tell you exactly how long a single charge lasts, as the Kobo automatically charges when you plug it into the pc to update or sync your library, and I've never not done that for long enough for it to actually run out. I can tell you though that a full charge will last you at least a good week if, like me, you read for three or four hours each night using the light, as I have been on holiday for a week minus the charger and had no issues.
The menus are very straightforward and easy to navigate, and I did like the option to sort my library into genres - very useful as I do read several different series and it is wonderful to be able to keep them separate and be able to easily find exactly what I want when I want it. I also very much like that this reader bookmarks my last read page, and goes into sleep mode automatically when not touched in a while - no more lost pages when I let go of the book upon falling asleep.
I have read several of the free books available through the Kobo shop. Some of the books available for purchase in the Kobo shop are heavily discounted, whilst some are priced inline with the price of buying the actual book. Purchasing a book through the Kobo shop is a very quick uncomplicated process, and syncing your desktop library to the kindle library itself is very easy to do, with the device itself guiding you through the process. One of the wonderful things with the Kobo is that, as well as it's own format, KPUB, it can also read Epub, MOBI, HTML,XHTML and PDF files, and can read Kindle editions if run through a free converter programme.
Other features the Kobo Glo has that I like are a built in dictionary that can be accessed by pressing an holding down a word. This I've found particularly useful when reading older texts, such as Thomas More's Utopia, as I don't have to put down the book and go over to the PC to google a words meaning. You're also able to highlight passages you wish to return to, and the 16 level grey scale means that images are presented in great clear detail, though sadly not in colour. As an occasional reader of anime and manga novels, this is a nice feature, although one I don't use as much as the others.
So, are there any downsides to the Kobo? I have to be honest and say that I really can't think of any. I've had mine now for four months and I've never had a single problem with it. It still looks as good as new, having not sustained a single scratch despite a couple of small drops. It's saved me an absolute fortune in books, not only with the free classics but also with the discounts in the Kobo store and the ability to shop around for cheaper sources in another format. It's simple enough to use that even my daughter now uses it for reading on a regular basis, and it has all the features I wanted when I set out to make my purchase.
Available at WHSmith, Dixons, and Argos, I recommend WHSmith as they usually have a demo model they will let you try a little before purchase.
I can't recommend the Kobo Glo highly enough, and it gets the full 5 stars from me.
Upon receiving this as a gift for my Birthday a couple of months ago I was instantly impressed. The build quality in particular was astounding. Although it is light enough to not become irritating to hold for a long time, the product is heavy enough to not feel cheap and not feel like it was about to break in my hands. Everything about its assembly seemed perfect - no part move, creak, bend etc... it is 100% solid and I love the Kobo for this.
The capacity of the Kobo is great at 2GB to store all of my books on. Each GB is worth about 1000 books according to Kobo so I doubt I will be running out of storage room any time soon.
I have the black version of this eReader even though it does come in assorted colours including white and silver too. It looks very stylish in this colour which compliments the slim and sleek design it has.
I am most astounded by how realistic the design was. When I turned it on, the display was so life-like that I thought I had left a peelable sticker on the screen with instructions on it - it is so crisp and clear from every angle!
Having WiFi built in to download books without the need of a computer is very convenient, especially with the wealth of books available for download too. You are spoilt for choice in the Kobo store!
One issue I did have with the eReader was that it is not particularly responsive to gentures - however I have found this to be an issue with most eReaders so overall is is pretty average in this aspect.
Kobo claims that the battery life is around 1 month for the average reader, I do not think it will really last this long, maybe around 3 weeks instead. However there is no doubt that you will not have to charge this up very often at all.
I bought one of these ereaders for my wife for Christmas and I'm really impressed with it. Over the years I have owned two Sony Readers, which is just an ebook gadget, and an Ipad, on which I read a lot of books as well as do other stuff. Therefore I think that I know what I am talking about when it comes to ereaders. The Kobo uses an e-ink screen, which means that it is easily visible no matter the amount of light available in the environment, and also that it uses very little power compared to non-e-ink screens such as the ipad.
The capacity of the Kobo is pretty good, with 2GB available for books, which means that it fits an awful lot on it - I haven't counted how many my wife has put on it so far but it is a lot and there is still lots more space left. It is nice that it has a microSD slot so that when she fills the 2GB she can then add more capacity.
The weight is nice, it is nice and light and she keeps it in her handbag without a problem.
I'm very impressed with this gadget and it is well worth the sub-£100 prices currently being asked for for it on Amazon.
10 points to the person who can name the song!
I do rather enjoy my books, actually rather to the point of obsession, my lovely partner bought me a bar code scanner for Christmas 2 years ago, bizarre I know but i suppose it was helpful. Along with a PC programme I've been able to scan and catalogue my books and even I was shocked to find that there was well over 1400 and that doesn't include the books I've bought in the past year! In despair at the avalanche of books threatening to take over the house he decided to try and find me an ereader. After lots of research (he's like that!) I ended up with a Kobo Touch for last Christmas for which he forked out £89.99.
This particular Kobo has a 6 inch screen which has anti-glare on it, it is indeed touch screen, the only buttons on it are one to switch it on and off, and one to return to the main front page, everything else is done by touch.
It has 1 GB storage which is a fair old bit, that means a quite substantial 1000 books. you can also add Micro SD Cards to expand the memory to 32,000 books. I cant even think of 32,000 books I would want! Actually I've had trouble finding a 1000!
It also looks like pretty, granted it is white plastic rather than the black shown which I'm not too fond of but the back looks quilted and comes in white, silver, light blue and lilac, I like my purple so I have the lilac one. I still don't like the white plastic look and it feels slightly insubstantial so I have bought a cover and I recommend everyone does. You can buy them cheap on Amazon, Ebay and the like but be slightly wary, my daughter has a cover that looks just like the cover of Alice in Wonderland, it was advertised as being suitable by the Kobo but it's actually too big. I've bought a leather one from WH Smiths (purple of course!) and it was priced at nearly £30. Luckily at that point Wh Smith were giving money off vouchers for other Kobo products after buying the Kobo.
So now I've got my Kobo, I've charged it which didnt take very long and I'm ready to go. On the front screen you'll see the last 4 books you've been reading and a list of recommended books based on what you have on the Kobo. You also have the battery indicator. There's also the Home ,option, touch this and you'll get a drop down menu which includes Books, Settings, etc. These are the two most important options you will use.
Kobo uses a few different programmes like MOBI, PDF or TEXT, the vast majority of the time it will use ePub files, that's also the ones that works best, I personally use another programme to convert the other files to ePub ones. It also supports Adobe DRM, RTF, HTML, TXT, Comic Book archive file, JPEG, PNG, BNP, GIF and Tiff.
Once you've got some books on there you'll be able to put them on a shortlist and view the list how you prefer. Tap on the book and You'll start reading, tap at the right side and the page will turn, tap on the left and the page will return to the previous page. Tap on the bottom and there's options where you can change the font and size which you can read it with, you'll also be able to bring up a list of the chapters and jump to them. Put your finger on a particular word and the option will come up to look at the meaning in the Kobo dictionary. And there you go, you're away and reading the free previews already on the Kobo. Great stuff eh? But of course the actually using is not always the same as what the ad says. You can also get little awards for your reading and reading style.
Time to log on and find those million free books on the Kobo website, well good luck! They are extremely difficult to find and takes a different search option. But that's a problem with the Kobo website and perhaps I'll review that separately. If you do find free books, easily found on the internet, you'll find it mostly all the old classics, these are actually supplied by Project Gothenburg who publish the books online, you will find some free books but by unknown authors who want to get their work out there, oh and all the Star Wars novels! If its modern novels you are looking for then prepare to pay, if you can pay you'll find plenty of books on lots of sites such as Waterstones and WH Smiths. The biggest problem is that they are expensive, and more expensive than hard copies. I am still more likely to go and buy it for £3.97 in Asda then pay £8.99 to have it on my Kobo. You can also get them from the local library but thats not an option I've tried.
Putting the books on the Kobo is also easy if you get the books from Kobo, when you bring up the Kobo desktop they'll automatically be in the library that's on there, connect the Kobo to the PC, synchronize and they'll end up the Kobo. I however have huge problems when I've got them from elsewhere and have to put them on the Kobo manually. What I usually do is plug the Kobo in, then drag the files from my PC onto my Kobo which will come up on my E drive. The problem is that when I plug the Kobo in it doesn't show the Kobo, or it shows that there is nothing on it. I do have a programme called Calibre which helps me convert non Kobo ereader files into ePub and then you synchronize it to the Kobo and those files end up on your Kobo, this doesn't work now though. Sometimes it just drives me crazy, so its drag and drop when I can.
If that hasn't annoyed me too much when I'm in the middle of reading those books the thing will just die and demand to be charged. This is a personal gripe, there is no indication that the battery is about to go, you have the last bar showing but there's no telling how long it will last. And the claim is that the Kobo battery lasts for a month. I call this absolute nonsense, its never lasted a month, and for some reason over the past month I've had to charge it every week. I suppose its no real problem, but it would be annoying if you've taken it on holiday for 2 weeks and the battery goes after 6 days! I did put this down to always playing with the optional extras but since I've stopped doing that it still continues.
These optional extras happen to be Wi-Fi which allows you to automatically connect to your reading 'life' which gives you 'awards' you for your reading hours, etc. It also accesses Facebook but its quite frankly rubbish and doesn't show properly, presumably you will have a PC so I'd stick to that. I do love the Sudoko though which I went through a slight obsession with. It's these two things that really drain the battery, its always better to put the Kobo on airplane mode when not using the Wi-Fi. You can also have a bit of a scribble on their blank pages which also get saved.
The other problem I've started to have with my Kobo is the touchscreen itself., particularly the bottom right hand corner which is needed to close the dictionary option, it can take a couple of presses to do so. I've also found that sometimes it can also 'crash' my Kobo and its stuck on one page and means that I either have to return it to the home screen or turn it off completely. Swiping the page to turn it can also be bothersome so I tend to just tap it. It doesn't always automatically do it so I end up tapping it again only for it to jump 2 pages. This could of course just be my technique though! My daughter has had none of these problems at all
I don't like the button you use to put the Kobo to 'sleep' I'm always afraid of pinging it too hard and breaking it, its highly unlikely though!
I love my Kobo though, these problems have slowly crept up and I've managed to learn to live with them, if it gets worse then I will think about returning it though I'll have to wipe the files first though as some of them are from dubious sources! I go on several long journeys a year and have several trips as well and I love the fact that I don't have to take a pile of books. And of course they can take up quite a bit of space so the fact that in a very small space I can have several hundred books is fabulous. It's very lightweight and I can manage to operate it with one hand so I'm always wandering around with it. I can be found cooking whilst holding it in one hand, just walking from one room to the other and I'll even have it propped next to my PC to have a read whilst waiting for pages to load. I also took it to Download so I could entertain myself instead of sitting through Black Sabbath!
My daughters though has suffered a problem that seems to happen to quite a few of them, the front screen has just crashed and the picture has massive lines through it and it just doesnt work. Thankfully Kobo are quite good with their customer service, where she bought it from were being quite difficult about refunding for it, so it got packaged up and sent off to Holland and now we're waiting for a new one to be sent back.
I feel I've done it a disservice with these problems though and I do think they are particular to my machine though and I know Kobo services can be good and will just send you a replacement if it's broken. It is consistently reckoned to be better than the Kindle and gawd knows we've done enough research! The Kindle is also more expensive and it's also difficult to get books unless you get them from Amazon.
My advice is to buy a Kobo and if you think there's a single problem then return it! Just remember to turn the Wi-Fi off, don't play Sudoko, and set the Kobo to go to sleep after 5 minutes!
I have had the Kobo Touch for a year now, and did a fair bit of research before choosing between the main two rivals of the Kobo and the Kindle and hopefully my review will help someone else make the same choice.
Initially I wanted to purchase the normal Kobo Wi-Fi however after having done more research I saw that this Kobo Touch has many more advantages and was worth spending the bit extra. The main differences between the two are as follows. The Touch has a touch screen which is its main draw and allows you whilst reading a book to move page by touching a different part of the screen. The left inch of the screen and you will go back a page, whilst the right side will take you forward a page.
Then if you tap in the middle of the screen is where you get extra options. You can get the definition of any word in the book using the dictionary that the Kobo contains, you can highlights words and sentences and you can search in the book. Believe it or not you can even translate a word between a number of different languages including English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Also you can access a scroll bar to quickly find a section of the book. There is a symbol also which allows you to change the margins, line spacing, font and font size and finally there is advanced settings which allows you extra customisations so you can decide what tapping on each side of the screen does and also how often you want to refresh the page. The way the page refresh works is that every page, instead of refreshing it just puts the new page on top although you have to look very closely to see the old page. However the page refresh which is on default at 6 pages wipes the memory of the screen. The reason it only does it ever 6 pages is it takes an extra half a second or so. You can change anywhere from 1 to 6 pages.
There is a menu button at the bottom. This is the only button on the front face of the Kobo and once pressed always takes you back to the home screen. I don't use it too often as I only read one book at a time, but it would be very useful for those who read more than one back at a time. The book also has Wi-Fi which is useful especially when it comes to actually getting the books however in terms of the internet itself I have only tried it once and can safely say it won't be replacing my mobile in terms of internet on a portable device. Please do not even consider the internet as a factor for a Kobo in terms of your purchase decision.
In terms of extra features there are quite a few here. You can view your reading stats to see on average how many minutes you read per session. Mine is only 7 minutes per session but this is due to me reading predominantly on the train at short bursts. Also it gives you the total time read so far in a book and the percentage of your library that is complete as well as other statistics. You also get rewards that change in complexity. I find this a bit useful but I guess some may enjoy the feature. The most simply awards are simply for starting reading a new book then more complicated ones like 'Night Rider' which you can accomplish by reading all night long. Don't ask me how many hours this entails as I am yet to achieve it! There are a few other features like Previews and Shelves but they are not worth mentioning.
Now it is not all positives here and I will go in to the things I didn't enjoy and where improvements could be made. The pages take a good half a second to a full second or so to turn, which may seem like a minor aspect, however after a while it does get annoying and you just want to carry on watching without stopping. Initially this wasn't an issue, however one of my friends recently got a Sony E-Reader which is not even a renowned reader and the pages were turning almost instantly and this further highlights my issue with the Kobo Touch.
Now on to the major problem. About ten months in the Kobo just stopped working and the page was frozen on a screen. I tried all the trouble shooting like soft and hard resets but simply nothing worked. I took this back to Wh Smith who agreed there was an issue and as it was under 1 year warranty they then sent it away for repair and in the end I got a new one but this took a full three weeks to repair. I guess it is OK service, but not great when something you rely upon breaks down within a year and you have to wait a while to get a replacement. I have heard Amazon are very good with issues over the Kindle and maybe in hindsight if I thought there would have been an issue this soon then I should have purchased a Kindle.
The battery life is apparently for the Touch to last four weeks from a single charge, however I find this to be an exaggeration. Usually reading an hour a day I find it lasts around 2-3 weeks. I recommend just once a week charging it as you don't want the battery running out when you need to use the Kobo the most.
When I purchased this it was relatively new and cost £99.99 however now it costs just £79.99 so has reduced quite a bit, mainly due to the newer options becoming available which are primarily the Kobo Mini, Glo and Arc. Overall it is a good device, but I just can't recommend it due to the issue that I had ten months in. Maybe it was just a one off, but that one off happened to me and I am always a little wary it will happen again. I hope this review has helped you if you are considering buying the Kobo Touch. Feel free to message me if you have any queries.
I am a big reader and usually go through a couple of novels a week. I have always loved my books and resisted getting an E-reader for a long time until the amount of books that I had started taking over my house and I started become more receptive to the idea of being able to store all one books on one device.
In the end I bought a Kindle Keyboard and loved it. I found that reading on an electronic device didn't detract from the story at all and if anything I read even more with the Kindle than I did when I was reading paper books.
Unfortunately my Kindle broke down a few weeks ago and I was devastated as I probably used it more than anything else that I own. I went on Amazon and had a look at the new Kindles that were available and was going to buy myself a Kindle Touch which cost £109 and £169 for the WIFI only and 3G versions respectively. Unfortunately I had to wait or payday before I would be able to buy one.
On payday I was in town and was going to pop into Tesco to get my new Kindle when I popped into WH Smith and saw that they sold KOBO Touch E-readers which were a lot cheaper than a Kindle. I decided that instead of buying a Kindle I would take a punt on buying a KOBO instead and to be completely honest I have had no regrets so far with buying the KOBO over of the Kindle.
##### KOBO #####
KOBO is a Canadian company that have been selling E-readers for a couple of years. I was surprised to see that it is actually putting up a considerable competition in chipping away at Amazons market leading dominance. For instance in Canada KOBO account for nearly 50 per cent of the E-book market share.
Obviously since they are fairly new within the UK their market share here is nowhere near what Amazons is but thanks to their partnership with WH Smith they are becoming a more common sight on trains around the country.
##### Touch Edition #####
I bought the KOBO Touch as opposed to buying one where I had to press a button for page turns. I chose the touch for the fact that it was the newest model and with everything being touchscreen this day it seems to be the way most technology is heading.
The KOBO Touch has a 6 inch screen which uses pearl ink technology to mimic the look of real ink. There is 1GB of internal memory for storage which is enough for 1000 books however if you find that this isn't enough then the memory can be upgraded up to 32GB by way of an SD card which would be enough to store 30,000 books.
It also supports more file types than the Kindle with it supporting the industry standard in E-books EPUB, it also supports the MOBI format like the Kindle and you can also view PDF files on it.
##### First Impressions #####
When I got my KOBO out of the box I was impressed that it wasn't just a Kindle copy and it instead looks completely different. It is made from plastic and has a white bezel round the front with only one physical button which is the home button.
It is round the back where the KOBO really differentiates itself from the Kindle. You can get the KOBO is a selection of colours and mine is silver but more than the colours it is the fact that the back of the KOBO is 'quilted' that make it look so different. This quilted effect sounds horrible but in the flesh it looks really good and nowhere near as tacky as it sounds. The effect also makes it nicer to the touch and the more tactile feel of it makes it nicer to hold for long periods of time.
##### Using the Touch #####
Setting up the KOBO Touch was a piece of cake and only took a few little steps before I was able to use it.
First of all you need to connect the KOBO to your laptop and connect to the KOBO software before you can use it for the first time. This set up is pretty easy and the software walks you through the process. Once you have downloaded the KOBO software to your computer it will automatically update your KOBO to the newest version of the software and then you are pretty much good to go.
Adding books to the KOBO is a simple process and you can buy them direct from the KOBO software on your computer. Because the KOBO supports EPUB which is the industry standard you can also buy books from most retailers with the exception of Amazon. For example WH Smith also have a large selection of E-books.
If you have a collection of Ebooks on your computer you can just drag and drop them to the KOBO which literally takes seconds.
The KOBO software is quite intuitive and isn't a complicated faff unlike so much software. After the initial set up the software remains in the background and doesn't demand your attention constantly.
It also looks a lot nicer than my Kindle did. Unlike Kindles functional interface the KOBO looks a lot nicer. Books are laid out nicer and cleaner looking and it has some nice functions such as when it is in sleep mode the screen saver is a picture of the book that you are currently reading and it also tells you how far through the book you are. It isn't a deal breaker but I do much prefer the layout on the KOBO to the Kindle.
The screen is lovely to read for long periods of time and for someone that has never used an E-reader you need to trust me that you honestly do forget within minutes of using one that you aren't reading from paper. I honestly find it a more pleasurable way to read than from paper and the kindle is a nicer size and weight for reading than even a paperback.
You can also change the font from the default one if your eyesight isn't the greatest so you can make it either bigger or smaller and this is a simple thing to do from the onscreen menu.
Pages turn really smooth and quick with only the tiniest lag but quick enough that by the time my eyes have got back to the top of the page the next one has loaded so it never takes me out of the story.
It has nice little features such as being able to highlight text and a dictionary where you can just highlight a word by tapping on it and then search to find out what the word means etc.
The lightweight size of the KOBO also means that not only is it extremely portable but it is also really comfortable to hold for long periods of reading at a time without feeling heavy cumbersome.
The best thing about E-readers compared to other electronic devices is that the low power consumption of them means that the batteries last for ages.
A full charge on the KOBO Touch is supposed to last for a month before you need to charge it again and I find that I can go at least a couple of weeks of reading before I can even notice the battery icon going down slightly.
##### Any faults? #####
There are no major faults with the KOBO for me at least. The biggest problem that I have with it is that the bezel round the sides is slightly thin which means I do have to be careful not to accidentally touch the screen and change my page.
I think the biggest problem that I have with this E-reader compared to my Kindle is that I am still getting used to the touch screen. When I am tired and reading I have a bad habit of touching the screen and losing my page. If the bezel was slightly thicker then I think this would be less of a problem.
I also miss the 3G that I had on my Kindle. Obviously this isn't a deal breaker but I liked the option of being able to download samples to my Kindle no matter where I was. The KOBO is WIFI only but these days you can find a WIFI connection pretty much anywhere.
Buying books and getting them delivered to your KOBO by WIFI takes literally seconds from when you buy them to when they show up on the KOBO.
As good as the software on the KOBO is and the huge availability of content that you can get it still falls a little short of the shopping experience of Amazon. Nearly every book that you can get from Amazon you can purchase elsewhere but there are a few titles which can be found on Amazon that you won't find for the KOBO. For all major titles this won't be a problem but if you are looking for more obscure books then Kindle is probably still your best bet.
No product is 100% perfect and the KOBO has a few little things about it that I wouldn't mind being changed but none of them are bad enough for me to not recommend it. In almost every way I find it to be equal if not superior to the Kindle. It is a fantastic E-reader and extremely easy to use. The only downside compared to the Kindle would be the fact that Amazon have a larger selection of books though for most people you will never notice this as you can buy all the major titles for it. Like with the Kindle there are also millions of free books out there for you to download to your KOBO.
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The price is the big thing that the KOBO Touch has over the Kindle. The KOBO touch costs £79.99 while prices for the equivalent Kindle Touch start at £109.99.
You can buy the KOBO online or else you can buy it on the high street from WH Smith and Asda.
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Definitely. I love my KOBO and for £30 cheaper than the Kindle Touch it represents fantastic value for money. The Kindle has the slight edge when it comes to content but in daily use I have never failed to find a book that I want.
I also much prefer the styling of the KOBO and it looks a lot nicer in my opinion than the plain grey of the Kindle.
Reading on the KOBO is a joy and it has been a pleasure to use with no annoying software quirks. It is exactly how technology should be. Easy to use and non-intrusive the KOBO means that I can fully immerse myself in a novel and forget that I am reading on an electronic screen.
I was a bit unsure about buying a kobo, as I also liked the look of the kindle.
The kobo is much cheaper than the kindle to buy. It comes in different colours and the back is a lovely rubber quilted effect. At first I was a little disappointed, I don't know what I was expecting. The screen is in black and white. The touch screen is quite slow to respond sometimes, or sometimes its too sensitive.
I love how you can read several books at a time and it book marks your place. There are also loads of free ebooks to download for the kobo. To buy the ebooks are about the same as the kindle books. The other reason I opted for the kobo is because you can have ebooks in other formats, so you're not tied in to buy just from the kobo store (like you are the kindle). I have looked at doing this but it does seem very complicated which I didn't think it would be as other reviews gave me the idea it was all very straight forward!
I do like my kobo, it fits nicely into my handbag and it goes everywhere with me. But had I had the chance to try it out I probably would have opted for a kindle, just because of the complex of converting ebooks.
I'd dabbled with the thought of an ebook reader for a while, but really couldn't justify the purchase. I tried a friend's Kindle and simply wasn't impressed - far too much attention to DRM and not enough to the customer. Not to mention the price of ebooks - if I'm going to pay printed book prices, then I want a printed book, plain and simple - something I can keep, give away, loan out or hand on to a charity shop. Not a digital file lacking in every convenience but that of actually reading it.
But, courtesy of a generous family and a birthday, I now have a Kobo Touch. And to be honest, I was thrilled with it. At first.
It's certainly handy. I have health problems and spend a lot of my time hanging around waiting on the convenience of the NHS. And that can be a very long time indeed on occasion. I'm accustomed to carrying a book at such times, and when travelling, and the Kobo is certainly convenient, being a bit more compact and of course offering a great deal more choice than a printed volume.
But frankly the experience quickly palled. Reading anything other than fiction is problematic - given the monochrome screen, any kind of illustrated non-fiction is usually a waste of time. The Kobo takes its time to start up, the software is slow and clunky, and on some ebooks trying to reformat pages doesn't work - you read them as they come or forget it. Page turning can sometimes be an infuriating experience of repeatedly tapping to no avail. In the 4 months I've had the Kobo, it's hung twice and had to be reset, losing existing books. Fortunately I always back up my books onto my PC hard disk
I was given a selection of books with the reader, but they're running out and I'm disinclined to buy more at the prices asked - not when I can often get a paperback from Amazon for much less.
One other annoyance - when I plug in my Kobo for charging, either via my PC or a (separately purchased) mains adaptor, that's all the Kobo does - charge itself. You can access it for sync or update via Kobo PC software or Calibre - but what you can't do is continue reading. If the Kobo is flat, you're through reading until it's recharged. Those accustomed to plugging in their mobile phones or laptops then continuing what they were doing might find this an odd situation. On the plus side, I'm impressed at how long the Kobo goes between charges.
Plus I've found the Kobo online experience less than thrilling. It's efficient enough - efficient that is at providing me with lists of (IMHO) expensive ebooks, and downloading onto my Kobo new and exciting 'recommendations' - most of which I've already told Kobo I'm not interested in. There doesn't seem any way of getting rid of these other than by replacing them with another list of equally unwelcome and irrelevant suggestions - on my Kobo every time I switch it on. Kobo really needs to be reminded that this is a paid-for device - i.e. to say it's my damned machine and not theirs.
On the plus side, the e-paper is a lot easier on my eyes than a computer screen. In fact, given it's (usually) possible to change font sizes, it can be rather better than a printed book on occasion. I'm not young and a PC monitor taxes my eyes after barely 15 minutes of reading text - I've yet to find my eyes tired reading the Kobo.
Crucially - I've installed Calibre on my PC and find it far more use than the Kobo website. The Kobo will read quite a few formats - epub is best, mobi is not too bad, pdfs are usually in my experience a disaster. Rtfs and text files are quite good within their natural limitations. However, if the Kobo encounters a 'faulty' epub (and don't ask me what that might entail) it doesn't just refuse it - it hangs and can't even be reset until the offending file has been removed via Calibre. The Kobo doesn't tell you which file is causing the problem. I have epub files that read perfectly well on every device except my Kobo. Unfortunately Calibre (insofar as my expertise goes so far), while a super piece of software, doesn't help in predicting these.
Despite all this, I wouldn't now actually part with my Kobo. While on occasions I find it infuriating, on others I've found myself very glad to have it about me. Allied with Calibre (a necessity IMHO) it does a fair enough job but certainly not a perfect one. But the fact is that, without being deliberate about it, I increasingly find myself carrying a paperback copy of a book I already have on the Kobo I've left at home - the reading experience is just so much easier.
The end result seems to be horses for courses. The Kobo is NOT my main reading source - but it's undeniably handy on occasion. I have friends who say the dedicated ebook reader has no future - it will all come down to tablets and smart phones. There was a time I'd have agreed with them. But my Kobo experience, if not exactly thrilling, suggests to me there is a future - especially for those, like me, who neither have nor desire a tablet or smart phone.
But we need better than the Kindle or Kobo. We need a slightly larger screen - not a lot, just a bit bigger. We need e-ink or similar to save on the eye strain (I do, anyway.) Colour of course (I understand this is coming soon.) We need a VERY flexible machine running - say- a small mainstream Linux so that the choice of reading software is down to the customer. And at the end of the day, the device has to be cheap - otherwise the comparison with the number of printed books we can buy for the same money becomes a deciding factor (currently, it's a LOT.)
And DRM free. I appreciate the problems of authors and I don't begrudge them their livings. But it's a new digital world and IMHO ebook DRM is more about propping up an obselescent and costly publishing infrastructure than about about authors' rights. The death struggle of monks with pens who can't grasp that the printing press has been invented.
So ... the Kobo. Damned with faint praise ... parson's egg ...call it what you will.
Am I happy to have a Kobo? Yes - on balance I still prefer it to the available alternatives.
Would I pay for another myself given my experience? Probably not. But I'm keeping an eye on the market...
So, my partner and I decided that we were both going to invest in e-readers to take on our honeymoon with us. We are both avid readers and, whilst I LOVE the touch and smell of an actual book, this was clearly the practical option.
I did a lot of research and concluded that the Kobo would be the best option, over a Kindle. Main reasons:
* I didn't like that with a Kindle you were fairly limited to getting books from Amazon
* I preferred the touchscreen and page turning of the Kobo
* I liked that with the Kobo you can borrow books from a local digital library service
* I liked 'reading life' on the Kobo, where you get awards for reading books (I know!)
So, we went ahead and purchased 2 Kobo touchs and it was the best decision we made! They are really lightweight and feel similar to holding an actual book. They are easy to hold and turn a page with just one hand, which is great if you want to read whilst you are doing other things.
Once I got used to the system for downloading books, I found it very easy. I also soon mastered the system for downloading books from our local digital library service, which means that I can read most books on it for free.
It was fantastic for taking away on holiday and made reading a pleasure, taking away the hassle of lugging around heavy books. Also, the battery lasts for AGES. We got our Kobos a few weeks before going away, we were away for over 2 weeks and the battery still didn't run out.
The Kobo is really easy to use, and I love the Reading Life section which tells you stats such as how many pages you have read, what percentage you are through the book and you get awards for things. Sounds silly, but I really like this aspect of it.
All in all, I would happily recommend a Kobo to anyone. I still prefer reading a 'real' book, but have decided that I will use my Kobo to read free classics that I wouldn't otherwise read, and I will take it away on trips and holidays with me.
Packaging and Accessories
If you order the KOBO online then the box that it comes in may be different as I went in store to buy the Kobo Touch, also the packaging may differ depending on where you order the Kobo touch from. The Kobo touch comes in a box with a picture of the Kobo on the front and the specifications on the top. The back of the box holds additional information about the Kobo and so does the one side of the box. You open the Kobo up from the side and you pull out the contents like a drawer. The box then splits into two where on the right the Kobo Touch is found and on the left are all the wires and the guide on how to use the Kobo. The Kobo touch is protected by two pieces of hard foam on the top and the bottom which do a good job of keeping it still, there is a plastic screen protector on the front of the Kobo and the Kobo is surrounded in cardboard to keep it safe. The packaging is actually quite strong and stylish so during transport the Kobo should be perfectly safe.
The KOBO Touch
The Kobo Touch that I have is black in colour and is made out of plastic and a soft touch material that is on the device. The build quality is great with the device looking very sleek and it is easily held in one hand. The soft touch material is also of very good quality, it is scratch resistant and also fingerprint resistant. The front of the device does attract some finger prints but they are easily wiped away and so not stay very long. The Kobo logo on the top is white and so looks great on the device. The back of the Kobo touch is quilted and feels great when holding the device. I've had the Kobo Touch for a while now and I haven't had any deep scratches or any other damages to the Kobo and so the build quality is actually fantastic. The Kobo is also incredibly light at around 221g which is less than most paperback books and so holding the Kobo is not a problem. The Kobo Touch Only has two buttons and that is the power on button that is found on top of the device, the button is silver and is a slide button and there is a symbol that tells you that the button is the power button. Other than the power button there is only one other button which is the silver button on the front this is used to go back to the home page. There is a microSD card slot which allows you to expand the 1GB memory that already comes with the device to much more. There is also a micro usb socket on the bottom of the Kobo Touch that is used for charging and syncing new books to the Kobo touch. The only other thing that is on the device is the 6 inch e-ink screen that is also a touchscreen and you control the Kobo touch by using the screen.
The micro SD card slot is a big bonus for me and I think that is an amazing feature for the Kobo as you can expand the memory to hold more books. The 1GB of memory that is included is said to hold 1000 books and that depends on the size of the books that you put onto the Kobo Touch, however with an microSD card you can hold thousands more which is superb. MicroSD cards aren't that expensive either and you can buy some for only a few pounds now. The Kobo Touch also includes a reset button found at the back of the device. You use a paperclip to reset the device, I have never used this feature but at least it is included encase of something going wrong.
The screen is very good as well. The touchscreen works well and is very responsive, I've only had a couple of times where I have had to flick to change page a couple of times to change the page but this has hardly happened. The e-ink screen is very good, there is hardly any glare even in very light places and this makes reading very easy. The writing is very defined and easily readable on all books, the colour also changes as you change books which is great. Covers and pictures in books also look pretty good and the Kobo Touch does well to try to convert them into black and white.
A great thing about the Kobo touch is you can choose different fonts and other things to change the books and how you read them, this makes it much easier to read in some cases, this is another fantastic feature that the Kobo has and one that I use very often. Another great feature about the Kobo Touch in my opinion is that when you turn it to sleep mode or power it off it shows the cover of the book you are currently reading it also shows you how far through the book you are as a percentage at the bottom of the screen. I like this because it reminds you of what you reading.
Navigation on the Kobo touch is very simple and easy. When you start up the device it will process new books and then once it has loaded you have a tab that shows you what you are reading and how far into the book you are. There are also other tabs that show the shop, what documents you have on the device and also the library which shows all the books on you Kobo Touch. To change to a different tab you just have to click it, it's very simple to use and learning how to use the Kobo only take a couple of minutes. You also have the full QWERTY keyboard that pops up and this makes it extremely easy to search for different books and do other things on the Kobo Touch. Navigation is simple and incredibly easy.
One feature that the Kobo has that not many other E-readers have is PDF support. This is an amazing thing that the Kobo has; you don't have to spend time changing or formatting different books into the right one, if you have a book that is a PDF then you can just add it straight to the Kobo Touch and you can read it just like you would a book. You add the PDF just like you would a book and it works perfectly. This feature is one of the best things for me as it saves huge amount of time. Most books including PDF's also have the ability to turn them landscape so if you want to change your view then you can choose landscape or portrait just by rotating the device to the side.
Another great feature that I think is included in most e- readers now is the dictionary. The dictionary can be selected by the menu which comes up when you click and hold down onto the screen, the screen then comes up with two cursors which you drag and then you just click on the definition and it comes up with the dictionary definition and how you pronounce the word. The dictionary can be used in all books as far as I know that are from kobo books however the dictionary is not available in books that you download from another source, this may change in the future with updates from Kobo, I have used it on my KOBO many different times and on many different books and it works every time, this is a great feature that I think many people find very useful.
The battery life is also great on the Kobo e-reader, this tends to be the case with most e-readers as the screen and other things use very little power and so the battery lasts for days. I have used the Kobo heavily and it lasted me many days. The battery life is quoted to last for up to two weeks but that depends on how much you use it per day. The battery life is fantastic though, and it still lasts as long as when I first bought the Kobo. The battery takes up to 3 hours to fully charge and you can charge it via an usb connection to a computer or laptop or you can use a wall plug that has an usb connector. The LED at the top of the Kobo e-reader tells you when your Kobo is fully charged by showing a blue light. The battery life is shown to you in the menu; it is a battery icon that goes down in colour when your kobo loses battery.
The Kobo e-reader does not come with 100 free books which I think the other Kobo devices do come with, instead the Kobo touch comes with previews which shows you the covers or parts of the books but it does not offer the whole book. This may be a downside for some however I don't think it is a problem because if you don't want to read the books then its fine and also it just gives you more space to add your own books. The Kobo Touch also has the ability to read newspapers or magazines which is also a nifty feature that I don't really use but im glad that it is included as many other people may use the feature.
A good feature that is included is the ability to magnify what you are reading so that the font becomes larger and books are easier to read. There is a slight problem with this feature though as when you magnify the text it doesn't fit all on one page and so navigation becomes harder however the actual feature is very useful and simple to use and I am glad that they have included a feature like this as it is one that I use on a regular basis.
One of my favourite features about the Kobo touch is the ability to share your books across many platforms. Using the Kobo desktop software you can sync all your books to your phone whether it be android or Ios or any other operating system, this also includes tablets like the Ipad. Other than that you can obviously read on your desktop computer and the Kobo Software can be used on Mac and Windows. I have used this feature a few times and it works incredibly well however I don't have a tablet and so this feature can be used even more by a lot more people.
The Kobo touch also has a neat feature that you can use while reading books. The Kobo allows you to choose different pages, when you click onto the screen the menu comes up and you are given many options such as change font or line spacing, you are also given a few buttons which allow you to change chapter or go to a previous chapter. This menu also allows you to change pages this is useful because the Kobo Touch's preset is to only refresh the page after every 6 page turns, this can be changed but if you would like to leave it as it is then you can change pages by just using this feature in the menu. Most e-readers probably have this feature to skip chapters but it is a nice feature I think that the Kobo Touch has and is definitely one that I use often.
The Kobo Touch also comes with the Kobo desktop software which you can install directly from your Kobo Touch. The Kobo Software allows you to manage books that you have bought or other books in your library. You can use the software to basically manage your Kobo. You can delete books from you Kobo or add new ones to your device. The Kobo software can also be used to buy books and do a few other things. I do think that the software included is good and useful but I don't really use it much as there are other software's that are better in my opinion but it is still great addition.
Like most e-readers the Kobo comes with Wi-Fi that is used to buy books from the built in Kobo store. The Wi-Fi is good and is quite fast depending on your connection. You can only buy and download books to your Kobo if you have a Wi-Fi connection and so if you are using the Kobo outside were you don't have a connection you cannot buy or download books to your Kobo. The Wi-Fi doesn't drop out much either and I usually get quite a quick connection. You do not have to set up the Wi-Fi to use your Kobo or to use the store as you can just use the Kobo software that comes with the device to access the store from there.
The Kobo store is actually quite impressive as it says that you can search through millions of popular books, this is actually quite true as the Kobo Shop has a huge collection of books that you can buy on the go. The store does not have every book and so if you cannot find what you are looking for you can just download it from another source and just put it on your Kobo touch. I use the store a lot mainly on using the built in Wi-Fi and it is very useful to have in my opinion. The price is also good for the kobo e-reader touch as you can pick it up for around £70-£80 pound from a few retailers; this is a good price considering what you get; a touchscreen, great storage, good screen and many other features.
The Kobo Touch also has a built in Web browser which is fast and simple to use, you can easily search things that you would normally do on your computer without any hassle. I don't really use the web browser that often but it is very nice to have and it allows easy access to anything you want to search. The Kobo Touch also has great software updates as when I first got my Kobo device I had problems with the line spacing options but then they released an update which allowed you to change the line spacing and a bunch of new features to, so the updates are very useful and easy to install.
The one thing that I have found with the Kobo Touch is that on some books the fonts can look washed out and are very hard to read, as I previously mentioned overall the fonts are great and it is only a minor problem but in some cases it is very difficult to read the books because of the fonts this will more then likely be updated though with new updates and so that i why i have put it in the good points part as they release updates every so often and the last update did contain a few new fonts.
There are a few bad things that I don't like about the Kobo touch. One thing that I don't like about the Kobo Touch is the time it takes to sometimes change the page in a book, you can be waiting a considerable amount of time and then you might click the screen again to change page and it automatically jumps two pages into the book. It can become time consuming and although it doesn't happen that often it can still be frustrating.
Another thing about the Kobo Touch that I don't like is also to do with the amount of time it takes for the Kobo to process new books that you have put onto your Kobo device. Depending on the amount of books you put onto the device it can take quite a while for it to process it all. Sometimes I've only put on a few books and it takes a considerable amount of time to process the books. The time does increase with the size of the book that you are trying to process but even with small books it take a while.
The thing that I find definitely don't like about the Kobo touch is when you try to put new books onto your Kobo e-reader and it stops and freezes in the Processing stage, this has happened to me a few times even when I am not updating the Kobo touch with many books. Thankfully this does not happen every time but it has happened quite a few times and im not completely sure why. I thought that it may be because of the size of the book or maybe that it is the wrong format but this doesn't seem to be the case and I find that sometimes that only put on a few books at a time because otherwise it can become froze in the processing menu. I once waited to see if it unfreezes but I waited for over an hour and a half and it was still froze and it just wasted a lot of my battery in my Kobo Touch.
This is a major problem in my opinion and it really does knock down the score of the Kobo Touch in my opinion that's why it is rated 4 out of 5 stars. However the reason i am not really affect by this is because it has inly happened to me a few times and usually it is a quick fix like just taking a few books off the microSD card, also this problem may be fixed with a future update and that is why it has only knocked off one star and not more.
Another problem that some people may not like is that because the device is Wi-Fi only you cannot actually update you library of books on your Kobo on the go unless you are connected to Wi-Fi. This doesn't bother me so much but I can see it being a problem for some and I would have like if the Kobo Touch came with 3G as then you could actually use the device all the time without having to have a Wi-Fi connection and so you could buy and update your Kobo all the time.
There is one problem with the Kobo Touch but it has only happened to me once and this is when you plug the device in to your computer to charge or sync books and the kobo switches from the charging screen to the your book screen, this is fixed by just unplugging letting your device process and then plugging it back in to your computer. Once however it did freeze for a while on the loading screen but it fixed after a few minutes. Like I said this problem is has only occurred once for me and it is easily fixed but I thought I might add it in just to tell everyone, this problem may also be fixed in the future due to an update or it may have been a fault of mine.
I think that for the Price the actual device is great as the build quality is great and the actual screen and features of the Kobo Touch is great however there are a few things that unfortunately cause some problems when using the Device and updating the Kobo with new books. however there are enough features in my opinion to set it apart from the other e-readers as many of these features aren't included with many other e-readers: there are a few features that set it apart like the PDF support but im sure that other devices will have that feature to and there is a few things like the awards and other things that really make the Kobo Touch stand out.
I think that the Kobo has many great features for the price; some of these include the screen, expandable memory and other things. However I was let down by the freezing when processing new books, im not sure of the reason for this problem and I have tried to solve it by changing the amount of books that I put onto the Kobo touch and usually this fixes the problem but it is frustrating. It does not happen all the time and it works most of the time but it has happened enough to make me rate the Kobo Touch as 4 out of 5 as the problem causes a great deal of frustration. To be honest I would recommend the Kobo touch because although there are a few bad features like the freezing these things don't happen all the time and are usually fixed pretty quickly also because the Kobo has so many great features i think it outweighs the bad things.The Kobo is a great device for the price and i think that the Kobo Touch is a great alternative to the other e-readers out there as it offers many of the same features and even more features for a smaller price.
Price and Availability
You can buy the Kobo Touch from amazon for around £80
You can but the Kobo touch from WHSmith for £80
You can also but it from many other retailers for around about the same price.
I would recommend the Kobo Touch as I think you for the price the Kobo has great support and good range of features and it is cheaper then the other e-readers out there.
Thank you for reading my review on the Kobo Touch. Thanks for any Ratings I will return them but if I miss you let me know. I will also post this review on Dooyoo under the same username.
I love my Kobo! It's just perfection. My mum got me the Kobo touch as a gift as my old Sony reader had finally given up the will to live and I have to say that the Kobo has exceeded my expectations. The price is amazing, for what you are getting the Kobo touch is very cheap, but this is not a reflection of its quality. The Kobo is made from a sleek white plastic that looks elegant and attractive and has a soft quilted effect back which makes the device comfortable to hold. My Kobo has a silver back, but I understand that you can get different colours. The device is very thin and light weight but feels really sturdy and I'm not afraid about it getting damaged easily. The touch screen is super easy to use and is really responsive yet doesn't flick through the pages of your book should you accidentally brush past the screen. With its anti-glare screen the Kobo Touch is really easy to use and you can adjust the text until you feel comfortable with the size. The Battery life is great too! I use my Kobo every day and last charged it about two weeks ago. I really enjoy all the features that the Kobo has. The wifi is perfect for downloading books on the go and the recommendations can be adapted to reflect your reading habits. I also really like the social side of the Kobo, I like to discuss what I am reading with friends and the reading life section allows me to upload reading awards and stats to facebook with the simple press of a button. An all round amazing product, highly recommend!
The Kobo is an ereader that runs android (but some basic form of it). My dad got it for last mothers day priced 160 pounds. It is available now from WHS for much cheaper (I saw it there for around 90 pounds the other day (we bought it when tablets were still a relatively new thing).
The E reader is ok, quite responsive (but not totally), and does feel well made. However it doesn't have a screen like the Kindle that looks like actual paper, and is a bit thicker. So techinically as an ereader it is not as good as the kindle (only used a kindle for book, not used it to surf the web, not even sure if it can do it, please let me know if you do).
The Kobo has a pretty decent battery life to be fair to it, and doesn't take forever to load when you first turn it on. However, getting books on it is a bit of a faff with it being an android, but not a "full on" android, its some watered down version i think.
You can do other things on the kobo such as run apps and surf the web. In our family we do not really use apps that much, so really we occasioanlly surf the web on it. However on the kobo this is a problem. For some reason you do not get the "actual" website, but the mobile version of it (even when using Wifi). it just means everything is about 5x as annoying to try and do. Furthermore, I tried to watch a video on bbc iplayer, and it said I had to update abdobe player (possibly the most annoying player in the world?). When I went to the download abdobe site, it said that I couldn't do it on the device. The error message said something like I do not have permission to do.
The build quality feels very good, and it doesnt feel like it is going to fall apart. Its a pretty silent device, and I cannot comment on sound quality for videos as I haven't been able to play one yet.
So in summary. Its a sort of ok budget tablet. It won't particular wow you, and to be honest we rarely use it now. If I was you, I would save up your money, and wait 1 or 2 years, and buy something like a playbook, kindle or Ipad, or something by samsung. Because with those you will get more practicality, and it will do other things such as movies etc. This one isn't the easiest to use, and I think that there is a lot of difference between this an one of the more well known brands, but I suppose this is a lot cheaper...