Canadian corporation Kobo inc. was recently bought by Japanese company Rakuten. Kobo eBooks brands are included in the four most popular devices for reading in America and Canada, along with the Amazon Kindle, Nook Simple Touch and Sony. All devices lineup Kobo have slim ergonomic body and touch screen. To operate the unit are only a power button and the device power button backlight (in models with LED backlit screen). All other operations are performed with the reader with a touch screen.
All e-book readers Kobo have a very large resource of the battery. In the specifications on the manufacturer's website says that the Wi-Fi off and lighting a single charge should last an average of one month of reading (for models Kobo mini, Kobo touch, Kobo glo) and two months of reading model Kobo aura.
All Kobo readers have wi-fi module.
For Russian-speaking users Kobo book has quite a few disadvantages: the basic format for reading books is EPUB, support FB2, DJVU - no. Also there is no the Russian interface and foreign-Russian dictionaries in the original firmware. Books must be pumped a bunch of the root folder, subfolders aren’t supported (only collection).
|Kobo mini||Kobo touch||Kobo glo||Kobo aura|
Kobo mini model is a budget version of the reader with a five-inch screen. The book fits easily into a pocket, but for the small size has to pay no slot for a memory card. Device screen E-ink Pearl is 600 x 800 pixels. Internal memory - 2 Gb, of which the user can 1 Gb. The software takes rest place.
Kobo touch has the same resolution and screen type as Kobo mini. Diagonal - 6 inches. In this model it is already possible to install micro SD-card. The internal memory is also only 2 Gb, but only 1 Gb can be used.
Kobo glo is like the Kobo touch on characteristics. Unlike in the case design, available adjustable LED backlight, its resolution – 758x1024 pixels and scope of internal memory - 2 Gb all available to the user - 1,32 Gb. In the reader has applications for working with social networks Facebook and Twitter.
В Kobo aura internal memory and battery life is doubled. Other parameters are like the Kobo glo.
General characteristics for all e-book readers:
- Advantages of construction and grade: Display of the latest generation , durable, beautiful slim case, high quality and reliability of production.
- Disadvantages of construction and grade: a poor grade. Power supply and cover is sold separately, there are no turning keys.
- Advantages of software: simplicity and reliability, fonts mode "smoothing", Wi-Fi supporting, the ability to install custom fonts, the presence of English explanatory dictionary.
- Disadvantages of software: are not supported text formats (FB2 - does not understand), there is no supporting of folders on the memory card (all the books spread out on the folders are on the bookshelf one bunch), there is the Russian language in the menu to the factory firmware there are no Russian word wraps.
Some disadvantages of the software of these models can be eliminated by installing additional software to read text COOLREADER, how to do it is written here: Coolreader in Kobo.
Selection of resources in the internet reader Kobo (created in Russian dictionaries, file of word wraps, firmware, instructions, discussions), found in the "Links."
The table of parametres.
|Model||Kobo mini||Kobo touch||Kobo glo||Kobo aura|
|Diagonal 5"|| || || || |
|Diagonal 6"|| || || || |
|E-Ink Vizplex (600x800)|| || || || |
|E-Ink Pearl (600x800)|| || || || |
|E-Ink Pearl HD (758x1024)|| || || || |
|E-Ink FLEX (758x1024)|| || || || |
|Touchscreen|| || || || |
|Display with LED backlight|| || || || |
|Slot for a SD-card|| || || || |
|Slot for a microSD-card|| || || || |
|Model||Kobo mini||Kobo touch||Kobo glo||Kobo aura||TXT|| || || || |
|FB2|| || || || |
|EPUB|| || || || |
|MOBI (PRC)|| || || || |
| || || || |
|DJVU|| || || || |
|HTML|| || || || |
|Viewing of images JPG/PNG|| || || || |
|Model||Kobo mini||Kobo touch||Kobo glo||Kobo aura||Support of loading of TTF-fonts|| || || || |
|Anti-aliasing fonts|| || || || |
|Carryings over to the text in Russian|| || || || |
|Footnotes below on page|| || || || |
|Support of folders on a SD-card|| || || || |
|Display of names of files of e-books|| || || || |
|Display of names of books and authors|| || || || |
|Display of covers of books|| || || || |
|Presence of the file-manager|| || || || |
|Model||Kobo mini||Kobo touch||Kobo glo||Kobo aura||Bookcover in the equipment|| || || || |
|Pouch in the equipment|| || || || |
|The power supply in the equipment|| || || || |
|USB-cable in the equipment|| || || || |
|Applications (the calculator, a calendar, games, etc.)|| || || || |
|Uploading of additional dictionaries|| || || || |
|Alternative (not factory) updates|| || || || |
|Wi-Fi module|| || || || |
|User manual||   ||   ||   ||   |