Kobo Wireless EReader Review

Posted: Dec 31 2010, 1:29pm CST | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

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Cheap reader with but a few caveats


The Kobo Wireless eReader has WiFi and can be had in black, white, or lavender colors for $139.99. The battery promises 10,000 page turns and navigation is done with a simply control layout with a D-pad and a few buttons on the side. The Kobo Wireless eReader is small at 7.2" H x 4.7" W x 0.4" D and it weighs about eight ounces. The eInk screen is 6-inches and it is easy to read with no glare. The battery charges via USB.

In Use

I do a lot of reading on my iPad and therefore I will compare the reading experience there to the experience with the Kobo Wireless eReader. I really like the dual pages I can get on the iPad screen to read. The small Kobo Wireless eReader screen means that only one page with a couple paragraphs is all that is on the screen at one time. I read really fast, which means that I was constantly hitting the page turn button.

The pages take a good two seconds each time to load up and be ready to read. In my case, that delay in loading the pages got to be quite annoying. On my iPad, the pages change as quickly as I can swipe my fingers. The gray scale screen is more comfortable to read on in bright environments than my iPad. I get really tired of the glare that my iPad screen has in a bright room and that is not an issue with the Kobo Wireless eReader.

The WiFi connectivity of the Kobo Wireless eReader means you can download books for the Kobo store anywhere you can get a web connection. The download speed will vary with your network speed, but given the small size of your typical eBook, it will be quick. You can delete books from the Kobo Wireless eReader from the library on the device and like the iPad if you want them back you have to reload from your computer as far as I can tell.

The battery life is very good and it will run for better than a week with hard use between charges. The device gets charged via USB and has no AC adapter in the box so USB is the only way to charge. You can get one of the AC to USB converters to charge from the outlet or you can use the adapter for your iPad or iPhone as well.

Other than the slow page turns and small amount of text on the screen at one time, the reading experience on the Kobo Wireless eReader is very good. I enjoyed using the thing and if you read slower than I, the page turns and small text on the screen may be less of an issue.



  • Easy to use
  • Nice screen
  • Good battery life


  • Slow page turns
  • Little text on a single page


The Kobo Wireless eReader is a nice eReader with a good price that most people will enjoy using. The only downsides are the slow page turns and the small amount of text on screen at one time.


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