Kobo Touch

The Good The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is a compact, lightweight, and affordable e-ink e-reader with touch-screen navigation, built-in Wi-Fi, an expansion slot for additional memory, and good battery life (over one month with wireless off). Also, the Kobo e-book store is integrated into the device, and you get a basic Web browser.

The Bad The Kobo's user interface isn't as slick as that of the Nook Touch, and its performance and overall smoothness could be improved. It lacks audio support (no MP3, no audiobooks) and the ability to lend out titles to friends. The magazine and newspaper selection is lackluster.

The Bottom Line Though the Kobo eReader Touch Edition doesn't quite measure up to the Nook Touch or the Kindle, it's a respectable and affordable touch-screen e-reader with a lot of pluses.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Kobo Touch

Editors' note (October 3, 2011): The review below makescomparisons to the 2010 Amazon Kindle and the 2011 Barnes& Noble Nook Touch. Potential buyers should note that Amazonhas since announced new Kindle models for 2011. We recommend checkingout the entry-level2011 Kindle ($79) and especially the KindleTouch ($99, available November 21) before making a buyingdecision. See Kindlevs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? formore information.

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 Amazon 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.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $130
  • Brand KOBO, Inc.
  • Diagonal Size 6 in
  • Weight 6.52 oz
  • Supported Text Formats CBR, CBZ, EPUB, HTML, PDF, PRC (Mobipocket), RTF, TXT
  • Color Category purple
  • Technology E Ink
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