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Kobo eReader Touch review

A real Kindle Touch rival - and this one's on sale in the UK

Our Verdict

For

  • Very portable
  • Attractive interface
  • Decent fonts and options
  • Excellent PDF support
  • Good catalogue of books

Against

  • No physical page-turn buttons
  • Awkward to use one-handed
  • Some gaps in the catalogue
  • Some fonts are a bit thin
  • No 3G

Kobo ereader touch

The Kobo eReader Touch looks and feels more expensive than it is, and to our eyes it's cooler than the new Amazon Kindles. The online catalogue isn't quite as big as Amazon's, but it's still big. For mainstream fiction and non-fiction reading, the Kobo is well worth a look.

We liked

The Kobo eReader Touch is impressive on multiple fronts: it looks good, it's easy to get the display just-so and there are Kobo editions of pretty much any book you'd expect to find in WHSmith.

We disliked

Maybe we're just fat fingered, but we found the bezel too thin for comfortable one-handed operation. Some of the display fonts are rather insubstantial, and the lack of 3G may be a deal-breaker for some.

Final verdict

The Kobo eReader Touch is an interesting and desirable alternative to the Kindle Touch - and unlike Amazon's touchscreen ereader, you can buy one in Britain. It's much more desirable than the entry-level Kindle, and if you're considering an ereader it should definitely be on your shortlist.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Text Reader
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
TouchscreenYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card
Brand NameKobo
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Battery Built-inYes
Processor ManufacturerFreescale
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeE Ink
Display Screen TechnologyElectronic Paper
Text FormatsMOB, ePub, PDF, TXT, HTML, RTF
Height208 mm
Width114 mm
Depth10 mm
ColourBlack
Image FormatsGIF, TIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG
FeaturesBookmark, Content Search
ManufacturerKobo, Inc
Product ModelTouch
Product NameTouch Digital Text Reader
Manufacturer Part NumberN905-KBO-B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.koboereader.com
Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Limited Warranty1 Year
Host InterfaceUSB
Weight (Approximate)185 g