Kobo Glo, Arc and Mini - First Impressions
In the midst of Amazon’s news last week about their new Kindle line-up, it seems like Kobo’s new eReader line-up got a bit lost. But we recently got a hands-on with the new devices and they are worth checking out too if you’re in the market for an e-Reader.
Not to be left out in the dust, Kobo has also come out with a front-lit eReader. We were impressed with how evenly lit the device is. The Kobo Glo measures 4.5 x 6.2 x 0.39 inches, weighs 6.5 oz, and packs in a 1 GHz processor and a 6″ E Ink XGA Pearl display with a 1024×768 resolution. Battery life is expected to be 1 month with Wi-Fi off, or for up to 55 hours with the Glo light turned on. The Kobo Glo will retail for $129.99
Our first reaction to holding the Kobomini in our hands was “how cute!”, and we’re pretty sure that that will be everyone’s reaction too. That is because this adorable little guy is the world’s smallest e-reader. So if you’re look for a truly pocketable e-reader, this is it! The Kobo Mini measures just 4 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches and weighs 4.73 oz. But don’t let its diminutive proportions fool you, because it’s still a plenty capable e-reader, with a touchscreen display, a 800 MHz processor, built-in Wi-Fi, and a 1 month battery life. The Kobo Mini will retail for just $79.99, making it priced very competitively.
The Kobo Arc is Kobo’s answer to the Nook Color and Kindle Fire, but unlike those two devices, the Kobo Touch allows full access to Android. It also comes with Android 4.0 out of the box, with an upgrade to 4.1 promised to be on the way. Kobo has even brought a unique addition to the Android U.I., in the form of tapestries. Tapestries let you organize media files, apps, and more into smart and easily accessible collections on your homescreen. The device itself measures 7.4 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches, weighs 12.8 ounces, it packs in a pretty good 7″ IPS display with a 1280 x 800 HD resolution at 215 ppi, along with a 720p HD front-facing camera and it’s running on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Some other unique features include a pair of dual front facing speakers with SRS sound that are more powerful than what you’ll find in a standard $199 tablet. Overall, after spending some time with the Kobo Arc, we feel like it’s more of a Google Nexus 7 competitor as opposed to a Kindle Fire competitor. Either way, Kobo has come out with a pretty strong device, however without the price-point being more competitive, it’s going to be tough for them to compete with the popularity of the Kindle Fire.
All of Kobo’s new ereaders go on sale October 1st., and there will be optional colored-back plates to purchase for the devices for adding som epersonal flare.