Pros - Touch screen
- Open format
- Very responsive tech team
- Price point
Cons Nothing significant, but there's still niggling little issues. See below.
Summary I landed on the Kobo Touch for basically 2 reasons. One was the touch screen, and the other was the open format and honesty of the company.
The touch screen is did not disappoint. It makes it very easy to forget you're reading on a digital device, and just enjoy the experience. It feels far more natural to me that actual buttons. The little chicklet keys of the Kindle just never appealed to me (same reason I have a touchscreen smartphone, really).
The Kobo is also more open than its competition. The Kindle is a walled garden of propriety formating, and the Nook store won't even tell you what you're buying (they refuse to tell customers whether a book is DRM'ed). Sony and Apple force DRM on authors - they literally won't allow you to sell your own work openly.
As both a reader and a writer, this sort of stuff rubs under my skin. The Kobo is far more open. They do carry DRM'ed books, but they let authors choose and they disclose to customers. They also support the universal EPUB format.
The Kobo Touch is definitely not trying to be a multimedia device the way Kindle and Nook are. It's a reader, and that's where it puts all of its focus. As the CNET reviews mention, the KT, being a smaller underdog, isn't quite as polished.
But that said, there have been huge improvements since it was released. It now offers a variety of fonts (and you can add your own), font sizes, margins, and lets you change the full refresh rate from anything between "once every 6 pages" to "every page" (personally, I like it set to max, once every 6 pages - there's a bit of ghosting, but I like not seeing the full flash refresh all the time). The dictionary, bookmarking, and note applications are also improving. They have also recently gone international and now support a variety of languages. Oh, and also, your wifi still works abroad. The same can't be said of the Nook.
The tech team is very responsive and is constantly updating and adding features. I really appreciate that in a company. Bugs get fixed quickly and every update offers more functionality, while still maintaining its ethos of being a reader first and foremost.
But, the occasional bug still remains. I notice that on a couple of my EPUB's, the page numbers aren't correct. Rather, they're reduced but still congruous with how far through the book I am. This is not a big issue, just a weird one - but it is the "small company" effect.
I love the functionality of the Kobo Touch and I love how enthusiastic the company is about improving their product. And at the price point, you really can't go wrong. You can get a Kindle cheaper, if you want to be interrupted by ads while you're trying to read. But you won't get the freedom or the responsiveness you get here.
Pros Huge selection of books, millions in fact, in many formats in 100s of countries. Barnes and Noble does not have international rights. If you go to Canada, Europe, etc, you can continue to download books with the KOBO, and importantly local papers in thes
Cons Still too early to tell
"Fantastic E-Reader"on by Fred002
Pros Pearl Screen a noticeable improvement over 1st gen Kobo
Touch screen works wonderfully
New processor makes page turns faster
Web browser included
Cons nit-pick time...wish it had more fonts to choose from (not much of an issue really)
Summary Bought the 1st gen kobo for my wife and was thinking about a cheap lcd tablet for e-reading for me when I saw this announced and pre-ordered right away. I had used hers and was happy but the new Pearl display is noticeably nicer to read (compared same pages side by side from "Under the Dome") and by going touch screen the size reduction is quite a bit for a device that wasn't all that big in the first place. If you've been waiting for the "right" e-reader to come along, it's here and it's called Kobo.New firmware update allows you to change the page refresh rate, gives you 5 more fonts plus font sizing and also line and margin spacing adjustments as well, all this and built in sudoku now make the kobo the best choice for dedicated e-reading
Updated on Jun 30, 2011
Pros Good while it worked
Cons Bad screen with known issues
Poor customer service
Summary I purchased the first Kobo reader and 1 year and two months later the screen went for no reason. Apparently, there are known issues with the ink technology screens (do a little reasearch). There was no info available anywhere on how long I had for warranty. When I tried to see what could be done to fix it the customer service was horrible and told me that the warranty was out and that I'd have to buy another one. No thanks!
Pros -Expandable Memory
-Responsive Touch Screen
-Intuitive and simple Interface
-Ease of Customization
-Reading Life/Facebook Connectivity.
Cons -Lack of aftermarket accessories
-No audio support
Summary The Kobo Touch is a great ereader that will meet the needs of anyone wanting to buy a good ereader. I agree with smoke and mirrors, but can't see how the anyone could hate this great device.