Kobo eReaders & Tablets

Kobo Tablets and eBook Readers

Kobo is one of the largest and most popular ebook stores that sells ebooks with Adobe DRM, primarily in EPUB format. The ebooks can be downloaded to various apps across a number of platforms, from the iPad and iPhone to Smartphones and Android tablets.

In addition to selling ebooks, Kobo released their first dedicated ebook reader in May of 2010, the original Kobo eReader. They then released an updated version with wireless for downloading ebooks and periodicals via WiFi. And now Kobo has introduced their fourth generation ereaders, the Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini, along with an Android 4.0 tablet called the Kobo Arc. Then in the spring Kobo released the limited edition Kobo Aura HD.

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Kobo Aura HD

Kobo Aura HD Review

A limited edition model, the Kobo Aura HD is the first ebook reader to use a larger 6.8-inch E Ink screen with a resolution of 1440x1080.

Aside from the size difference, the device is very similar to the 6-inch Kobo Glo in that it offers all the same ereading features and also comes equipped with an LED frontlight for reading at night.

Color options included Espresso (brown), Ivory (white), and Onyx (black).

Kobo Aura HD Review »

Kobo Glo eReader

Kobo Glo Review

The Kobo Glo is Kobo's first E Ink ebook reader to incorporate a built-in front light, called ComfortLight, to illuminate the screen for reading at night and in areas with low-light.

The brightness of the light is adjustable and the light can be turned on and off. The Kobo Glo also has an HD screen with a resolution of 1024 x 758, and like the Kobo Touch, it uses infrared technology for the touchscreen.

Color options are white and black, and there are covers that snap on the back that come in a variety of colors.

Kobo Glo Review »

Kobo Mini

Kobo Mini Review

As you would expect from the name, the Kobo Mini is Kobo's smallest ebook reader. It uses a 5" E Ink screen, whereas all of Kobo's other E Ink ebook readers have 6" screens.

The Kobo Mini is a basic ereader; it doesn't have a front light or memory card slot like the Kobo Glo. But it's a lot less expensive at just $79.

It comes in white and black, and there are covers that snap on the back that come in various colors.

Kobo Mini Review »

Kobo Arc Tablet

Kobo Arc Review

The Kobo Arc is a 7-inch tablet with a high resolution 1280 x 800 LCD screen, much like the Kindle Fire HD.

The Kobo Arc runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is licensed with Google so it even comes with the Google Play store pre-loaded for access to Google's app market and digital content stores in addition to Kobo's ebook store.

The Kobo Arc comes in both black and white with three different storage options: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. It also has the option to snap on different colored backs.

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Kobo Vox eReader and Tablet

Kobo Vox Review

The Kobo Vox is a 7-inch Android-powered color ereader and tablet in the same vein as the Kindle Fire and Nook Color.

It comes with an open Android 2.3 operating system and several Android apps for movies, games, photos, email, web browsing and a lot more in addition to the Kobo reading app. And Kobo even updated it to add official support for the Google Play Store.

There are four color options for the sides of the Kobo Vox: ice blue, lime green, hot pink, and jet black.

Kobo Vox Review »

Kobo Touch eReader

Kobo Touch Review

The Kobo Touch is a faster, lighter, more advanced version of the Kobo WiFi, while still maintaining the low price and Kobo's unique approach to ereading.

Using NeoNode's zForce infrared technology for the touchscreen, the Kobo Touch features a 6-inch E Ink Pearl display with 50% improved contrast over earlier E Ink screens.

The Kobo Touch comes in four different color varieties: Blue, Lilac, Silver, and Black.

Kobo Touch Review »

Kobo Wireless eReader

Kobo WiFi Review

The Kobo Wireless eReader is Kobo's second generation reader. It has WiFi built-in for connecting to the Kobo ebook store to download ebooks directly without the need of a computer.

The Kobo WiFi is a budget ebook reader that is one of the lowest-priced E Ink ereaders on the market. Sometimes it sells for as little as $50 on sale.

It comes in three different colors and includes 100 free pre-installed classic ebooks.

Kobo WiFi Review »

Original Kobo eReader

Original Kobo Reviews

The original Kobo eReader was phased out with the release of the updated WiFi model, which also has other feature upgrades as well.

This particular model was a rebranded Netronix ereader that sold under a number of other brand names that were available from several different companies..

When the Kobo eReader was first introduced, it was the lowest priced 6-inch E Ink ebook reader ever at $149 in the US. It started the revolution of the low-price ebook readers.

Original Kobo eReader Reviews »

Kobo Apps for iPad and iPhone

Kobo iPad App Review

Like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, Kobo continues to develop apps for tablets and smartphones including the Apple iPad and iPhone.

Aside from the obvious benefit of color, the Kobo apps for devices have extra features like animated page curls, a built-in dictionary, plus the convenient of wireless and the ability to look up words and phrases on Google or Wikipedia. Kobo's app also have a lot of social networking features built-in, and even works directly with Facebook.

Kobo iPad App Review »

Kobo's Other eReading Apps

Kobo Apps

Kobo has a number of reading apps available on multiple platforms that sync with one another. There are desktop apps for Windows and Mac computers too.

There's a Kobo for Android app for Android phones and tablets, a Blackberry app, and an app for Palm Pre. They have reading awards and social network sharing features built-in.

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