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Kobo Aura HD – E-Reader For The Most Eager Readers And Books Lovers (Part 2)

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Software

If reader manufacturers’ purpose is to have “disappear” hardware, said Serbinis, that will burden on software. Kobo’s users have known what they expect here. Start Aura and you will be welcomed by a homepage having cover of your most recent book, together with percentage read and left time. On the right of these, there are two more latest books displayed in a quarter of the size. Company also puts a small introduction module below it, in order to help you keep reading/buying habit.

Meanwhile, the farthest column on the right is for social reading foundation of Kobo, Reading Life. This program is an effort to keep you committed to read by providing souvenirs named as “Night Reader”, “Word Up”, and “Juggernaut”. Kobo has changed its features to become an important part of Vox advertising, but after that it seemed a bit decrease. Company still holds it, but do not advertise it as an extremely important point. And while we can see the attraction of socializing traditionally alone reading experience, those who saw such these features necessary for readers can want to wait and see what Amazon has already prepared for its recent Goodreads trade.

Kobo has changed its features to become an important part of Vox advertising, but after that it seemed a bit decrease.

Kobo has changed its features to become an important part of Vox advertising, but after that it seemed a bit decrease.

Along the bottom of screen, you can see a link directing to library is divided into many sections including Books, News & Magazines, Previews and Shelves. They all are understandably arranged, except Shelves that allows you to customize your collections according to your favorite. On the right of it, there are links leading to homepage of Reading Life and Kobo Bookstore. The stores are also able to be found by using a tool on the top of homepage (which can search out your collections, depending on which circle you mark). Company doesn’t seem interested in pushing you to a focused store, not similar to competitors. Instead, it prefers to let you seek out through homepage or via list of categories.

Along the bottom of screen, you can see a link directing to library is divided into many sections.

Along the bottom of screen, you can see a link directing to library is divided into many sections.

On reading aspect, you have pretty much what you expected: a page is occupied almost whole text. At the top is book’s name and at the bottom shows which chapter and which page you are in. To add more options, tape the page’s bottom (not really intuitive, but quite good once you are accustomed to). It will bring home button, battery life and many options like searching, browsing the book and changing text’s attributes. Touch and keep one word, you can highlight, share text via Facebook, and find out the definitions in Collegiate Dictionary of Merriam-Webster.

On reading aspect, you have pretty much what you expected: a page is occupied almost whole text.

On reading aspect, you have pretty much what you expected: a page is occupied almost whole text.

Consequently, everything does not inspire or be much user friendly on software side. Kindle users might remember the intuition of their favorite devices. It is not awful, but if Kobo is really expecting to consider its operating system as main specialty, the company will have a lot of work to do in that side. However, company maintains its strong collection of readable file formats, including Epub, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TEXT, HTML, RFT, CBZ and CBR.

Conclusion

In the first time Kobo launched Aura HD, it seemed as if the company itself had shot to its foot by declaring it as a limited version. After playing with the device, it’s easy to understand why company gets into that decision. While some products truly supply some best features, consisting of 6.8-inch screen, 1,440x1,080 and 4GB of storage (can expand up to 32 GB), such these things are able to be overweighed by size and price of 169USD of device for most common readers. If you stick into Kindle or Nook ecosystem, it’s even more difficult to be sold.

In the first time Kobo launched Aura HD, it seemed as if the company itself had shot to its foot by declaring it as a limited version.

In the first time Kobo launched Aura HD, it seemed as if the company itself had shot to its foot by declaring it as a limited version.

If you own Kobo looking for upgrading – or haven’t carried out the jump to e-book – and you see that you usually put your nose in the book whenever having chance, the specifications provide an interesting thing even Kobo still has lots of work to do on software side. However, if you can wait a few more months, it is not difficult to image that Amazon and Barnes & Noble will get their hands into the highest resolution screen of E Ink, which makes Aura HD not be new anymore.

Info

·         Price: 169 USD

Strong points

·         Big screen, high resolution

·         Strong front light

·         Much capacity for electrical reading device

Weak points

·         Expensive

·         Big size

·         Still lack of software

Main point

·         This reader has stable specifications, but price and limitation of size will probably destroy wide attraction.

Technical specs

Hardware

·         Height: 6.92 inches

·         Width: 5.05 inches

·         Thickness: 0.46 inches

·         Weight: 0.53 inches

·         Primary orientation: Portrait

·         Color: Black, Brown, White

Display

·         Screen size (diagonal): 6.8 inches

·         Resolution (X): 1080 px

·         Resolution (Y): 1440 px

·         PPI: 256

·         Technology: E Ink Pearl

Processor

·         Clockspeed: 1 GHz

Software

·         Notable apps: Web browser, Dictionary

·         File support: ePUB, PDF, RTF

Storage

·         Internal size: 4GB

·         External storage: Yes

·         External type: microSD

·         Max, external size: 32 GB

Connectivity

·         Wi-Fi: Yes

·         Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b

Ports

·         Data connections: Micro USB

 

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