Borders new Kobo eReader for $129 was suppose to make a big splash due to its low-entry price point in getting traditional book readers to switch over to reading books on E-Reader devices and taking advantage of their already large Borders customer base.
Unfortunately for Borders, Amazon and other E-Reader manufacturers have also lowered their prices but their e-readers have more options and are more versatile. That is not to say the Kobo e-reader is bad, it’s actually pretty decent for what it does.
The problem with the Kobo eReader is that it doesn’t do everything E-Readers like the new Amazon Kindle do for a similar price, for instance the new Amazon Kindle is WiFi equipped and only costs $10 more than the Kobo.
The Kobo also suffers from the lack of a real keyboard on the device and without WiFi you still have to connect the Kobo eReader to your computer via USB to download content. The single button push control on the face of the Kobo is average, great for people who aren’t good typist or want a more simplified interface; but with simplicity comes inefficiency.
Outside of those inconveniences, the Kobo eReader is a solid entry level e-reader, a bit overpriced but it will work fine for reading e-Books. The device itself features a 6″ screen that is easy to read with the Serif or San Serif font type along with five different font sizes to choose from. The Kobo also comes with 100 free e-Books already installed, and they are complete e-Books not just teasers of the e-book you’ll have to pay for in order to read the entire book, for a complete specs listing visit here.
There is 1GB of memory available on the Kobo which is pretty decent and will allow for roughly 1000 books of storage space, you can expand the memory if you need more space. A cool feature on the Kobo is the quilted back, a really nice feature that makes holding the Kobo an experience onto itself, it’s like the first time you had something cold in your mouth but it was also spicy, Kobo is like having technology in the palm of your hand that it isn’t cold, uncomfortable, and distant. Although this quilted back may leave the Kobo susceptible to distressed over time in a number of ways, I really enjoyed this personal touch.
There is a lot to like in the Kobo eReader; if only it was $30 cheaper it would make more sense during a tough economic climate. With that said I can only recommend buying a Kobo over more beefier equivalent priced competitors if you are really a big fan of all things Borders or if you aren’t a real tech savvy person who enjoys simplified controls; if so pick up a Kobo you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the quality of the screen and how much more you’ll read with an e-reader device.