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  • Kobo Aura

    Plus

    • is a lightweight, attractively designed Wi-Fi-enabled e-reader that has an integrated light, high-res e-ink display, and a touch-screen interface. It also features an expansion slot for additional memory, supports EPUB files, and is compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format.

    Minus

    • Screen and lighting scheme isn't as good as the less expensive Kindle Paperwhite's; loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC; while more "open" than Kindle, lacks access to Amazon's best-in-class e-book ecosystem.

    Conclusion
    With its more portable design, the Kobo Aura is a worthwhile -- albeit pricier -- Kindle Paperwhite alternative for EPUB fans who don't want to be tied to Amazon's proprietary ecosystem.

    7 years ago
  • Kobo Aura

    Plus

    • Very lightweight
    • Flush screen
    • Beautiful edge lighting
    • Memory card slot
    • ePub support
    • The best font customization options in the business

    Minus

    • Inconsistent touch response
    • Visible ghosting on some page turns
    • Slightly weaker ebook ecosystem compared with Amazon and Barnes & Noble
    • A bit too expensive

    Conclusion
    Kobo's latest Aura ebook reader brings the Aura HD's technology down to a smaller device size and lower price point. It adds a few tricks of its own, but it's still not enough to switch from a Kindle.

    7 years ago