Kobo Wireless Review
After a successful entry into the e-reader market with its Touch Edition, Kobo has brought out a new version of the classic electronic reader in the form of the Kobo Wireless E-reader making the Kobo a major player in the market with its frequent releases and ability to improve significantly with every new product.
Much like the previous version, this Kobo looks great. Available in pretty colors like white, a pearly lilac, and black, it has a nice, matte plastic finish with a 6 inch E-ink display touchscreen. The back is the same quilted one Kobo is known for, which makes it easy to hold. The comfortable and compact device measuring just about 7.2 X 4.7 inches and weighing just 7.8 ounces, is the ideal e-reader for anyone looking for portability.
On the left side there are four buttons—Home, Menu, Shop and Back—and the rest of the navigation is done with the five-way directional pad.
The Kobo wireless displays 16 levels of greyscale. The display is excellent, with a (600 x 800 pixels) resolution and E-ink technology which delivers greater contrast and sharper and crisper text and images. Stuff like cover art on the Kobo looks awesome.
The Kobo Wireless comes preloaded with 100 classic books. And with this edition, has very successfully managed to integrate its online e-book store allowing readers to purchase books right from the e-reader with 2 million books on offer along with periodicals which can be easily accessed and downloaded to the e-reader straight away. Alternatively, it is a snap to sync the Kobo with other devices to read or even access these books with a Kobo e-reading app on other devices. Integrating WiFi technology into its e-reader, in my opinion is a major step forward for reader ease and convenience.
The Kobo has revamped its Wireless e-Reader’s internal processor to provide faster page turns and performance. Definitely, in comparison with the original version, this one feels much breezier. I didn’t experience any issues with sluggish performance.
The Kobo has so many features that make it an absolute pleasure to read on. It is elegantly dedicated to its primary function as an e-reader which I absolutely love. There are two different font styles and 5 font sizes to meet any reader’s comfort level and books can be download in EPUB, PDF and text book formats.
As far as storage capacity is concerned, the Kobo offers about 1GB of memory, but is expandable to 32GB with a microSD card, allowing it to store about 30,000 books at one time. Using the WiFi connectivity, books and magazines can be transferred with a USB port—and the USB enables charging while reading, which I really love.
The Kobo’s battery life is amazing! It lasts a whole 10 days with the WiFi switched on. The WiFi is a slight drain on the battery, so if it is kept off, the Kobo may last weeks on a single charge.
The user interface on the Wireless Edition is visually pleasing and really simple to use. The Home Page caters to what the user is currently reading and the book last read. It allows organizing books in neat categories of choice and automatically bookmarks the page. Here’s a nice touch: it counts the number of pages left in a chapter and displays it at the bottom of the screen. Another feature I like is that when the Kobo eReader is turned off, the cover of the book gets displayed on the screen.
On the whole, this version of the Kobo is definitely one of the better devices in the market today, especially in terms of visual appeal, portability, battery life and integrated WiFi. It is a convenient and a super affordable eReader!