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For a while it was looking as if Amazon had the UK ebook market to itself: while rival booksellers offered a range of ebook readers from the likes of Elonex and Sony, nobody offered the soup-to-nuts service of Amazon's Kindle, store and associated apps. Now, though, Amazon UK has a serious rival in the form of WHSmith and its new Canadian friend, Kobo.Kobo isn't new to the ebook game - it's been doing decent business in the US for a few years now, and its UK ebook store has been open since February 2010 - but its ereaders are new to Britain. There are two models, starting at £89.99 for the Kobo Wireless eReader and rising to £109.99 for the newer touchscreen Kobo eReader Touch. Given the choice, we'd pay the extra 20 quid - the Kobo eReader Touch makes its sibling look rather old-fashioned, and while it isn't quite a Kindle killer, it comes very close indeed. If you don't like Amazon's power, can't wait for the Kindle Touch to be offered over here or just think the redesigned Kindle mings, the Kobo eReader Touch is a genuine alternative to Amazon's offering. It's an alternative that in some respects beats Amazon's device at its own game.
Kobo's not the first name you'd think of when naming ebook reader manufacturers, nor is it the second. Those honors, I'd wager, go to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, respectively (though Barnes & Noble's new Nook Touch Reader ($139, 4.5 stars) might flip that order). Kobo's swinging for the fences with its latest device, the Kobo eReader Touch Edition ($129 direct). The Touch Edition is slimmer than the Kobo Wireless eReader (3.5 stars), and adds a touch screen along with some performance improvements. It's a good ebook reader, and touch screen operation is a much more natural fit than the directional pad Kobo used before. With no hardware page-turn buttons, though, and a tendency to lag heavily when loading just about anything - even chapters in a book - it's not quite to the level of the big ebook kahunas. By virtue of having a touch screen, and thus little need for any other controls or buttons, the Kobo eReader Touch Edition is tiny. Measuring 6.5 by 4.5 by 0.4 inches and weighing 7.1 ounces, it's just a hair thinner and a half-inch narrower than the Nook Touch Reader. The width difference is due to the Kobo Touch's tiny bezel around the screen, which is just 0.4 inches wide.
Kobo has a long history of producing low-cost eReaders that look good, but are reliably undercut by Barnes & Noble and/or Amazon shortly thereafter. The company's newest device, the $129 Kobo eReader Touch Edition, offers an extremely light, ergonomically sound reading experience with a touch-enabled interface. But at just $10 less than the competition, can the Kobo hope to compete?The new Touch Edition is light and comfortable to hold thanks to the quilted, soft-touch back. Customers can choose from four colors: black, blue, lilac, and white. Measuring just 6.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches, the Kobo Touch Edition is a little smaller than the new Nook (6.5 x 5.0 x 0.47 inches). And at 7.05 ounces, it's lighter, too (the Nook is 7.5). However, the smoother lines of the Nook and its stylized Home button make it look and feel classier than the Kobo.This Touch Edition has only two buttons: a power slider on the top edge and a Home button centered beneath the 6-inch Pearl E Ink display. Most functions are accessed through the touchscreen interface, including page turns. This allows owners to hold the eReader in the position they feel is most comfortable. Still, we wish there were physical page-turn buttons, which the latest Nook has.
Touch is all the rage these days in the e-reader market, and just as Barnes & Noble has moved to a touch-screen interface for its latest Nook e-ink model, so, too, has Kobo with its 2011 eReader Touch Edition. If you've run across any of Kobo's previous e-readers, the Touch Edition doesn't look so different from last year's Kobo Wireless, though it certainly has a more refined design. It's understated yet it looks sleek, with a quilted back, and is overall slightly smaller and lighter than the Nook Touch (and Kindle). It comes in a variety of colors (black, blue, silver, and lavender) and because it's slightly narrower than the Nook, it's arguably a little bit more comfortable to hold in your hand. As its name implies, Kobo's new e-reader has a touch screen and uses the same Neonode infrared technology that's found in Sony's touch-screen e-readers and the new Nook Touch. It also has E Ink's latest generation Pearl e-ink screen. Here's a look at the key specs: What's good about this Kobo? Well, as we said, it has a compact, elegant design, with only a couple of buttons (since this is a touch-screen e-reader, there's a built-in virtual keyboard), and it matches up pretty well from a features standpoint against the competition.
It's rare to find an inexpensive product that also introduces innovation into its category. And yet that's exactly what Kobo Books' Kobo eReader Touch Edition does. The company's third-generation e-reader, this model is the smallest and lightest 6-inch E Ink e-reader currently available. At $130 (as of June 13, 2011), it's also the cheapest e-reader with a touchscreen, besting Barnes and Noble's touchscreen Nook by $10. The Kobo eReader Touch Edition lacks the finesse of the Nook and the Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi, but it still has much to offer value-conscious book lovers. The eReader Touch Edition feels remarkably small and lightweight in the hand. At just 7.05 ounces (0.44 pounds), the eReader Touch is 0.33 ounces lighter than the second-generation Nook--just enough to make a difference. Better still, it weighs 1.45 ounces lighter than the third-generation Kindle, a noticeable difference. It's compact, too--the eReader Touch Edition is the same height as the Nook, but it measures a half-inch narrower, and a smidgen (0.07) of an inch less deep.
|Kobo Touch eReader - White||$99.99||See it|
|Kobo Touch eReader - Lilac||$99.99||See it|
|Kobo Touch eReader - Black||$99.99||See it|
|Kobo Touch eReader - Blue||$99.99||See it|
|Kobo Touch eReader - Silver||$99.99||See it|
|Kobo Touch Digital Text Reader - ePub, PDF, MOBI, TXT, HTML, RTF - GIF, PNG, TIF, BMP, JPEG - 6 Display - 2 GB Flash - 1000 Books||$114.88||See it|
|Kobo N905-kbo-l Kobo(r) Touch (lilac)||$119.73||See it|
|Kobo Touch eReader - Black||$119.77||See it|